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SDF Break IS Line, Enter Tabqa

BAS News - 2017-04-24 19:56
Neighborhood in the city’s south is already under control ERBIL — The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered the Islamic State (IS)-held town of Tabqa near Raqqa, on Monday. The SDF are now in control of several positions in southern par ...

PYD Hands Over Assad's Opponents to Damascus

BAS News - 2017-04-20 12:03
Officials who have renounced Assad are handed to Damascus by PYD ERBIL — The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the ruling party in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) handed over a Syrian former police officer to the Syrian regime after he had abandoned the go ...

ENKS Insists on Reopening Headquarters in Rojava Soon

BAS News - 2017-04-19 15:34
40 ENKS headquarters have been closed by PYD across Rojava ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) will reopen all its headquarters in the cities across Rojava (the Syrian Kurdistan region) after they were closed down by the Kurdish Democratic ...

ENKS to reopen offices in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-04-19 12:01
The Syria Kurds National Council (ENKS) stated that is will re-opened its offices in northern Syria after they were closed by Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) which controls northern Syria. ...

Kurds extending control in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-04-19 10:14
Reuters reported that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has formed a united civil council in Raqqa, northern Syria, and is thereby seeking to extend its control in the war-torn country. ...

PYD Storms and Seals ENKS Office in Qamishlo

BAS News - 2017-04-18 22:33
The Kurdish forces arrested an ENKS official ERBIL— Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) on Thursday afternoon stormed an office of the Kurdish opposition coalition, closing down the office and arresting an opposition official ...

Syrian Sheikh Recruits Arab Fighters for PKK in Sinjar: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-16 15:18
The recruits were involved in the massacre of Yezidis, he says ERBIL— Arabs from the villages around the mainly Kurdish Yezidi town of Sinjar are joining the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) through an Arab sheikh from Syria, according to an official. With ...

IS Car Bomb Targets SDF As Forces Close in on Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-04-16 12:37
RAQQA — Islamic State (IS) militants have carried out an explosion against advancing Syrian Kurdish forces around Raqqa. The assault was carried out by a suicide bomber at the wheel of a vehicle packed with explosives in Tel Saman town, northern countrys ...

Turkey Suggests US New Raqqa Plan Without YPG

BAS News - 2017-04-16 00:57
ERBIL — During his recent visit to Washington, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık proposed a new plan to liberate Syria’s Raqqa from Islamic State. The plan includes Turkey and United States without the Syrian Kurdish forces having a role. Işık told Mat ...

PYD Confiscates Property Belonging to Rival Politician

BAS News - 2017-04-15 23:34
QAMISHLO — The Syrian Kurdish ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD), on Saturday raided a rival politician’s home in Qamishlo, ordering them to leave as their property will be confiscated by the local administration. Fuad Aliko, Kurdish National Council’s ...

SDF Reach Border of Tabqa

BAS News - 2017-04-15 22:20
ISTANBUL — The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached the outskirts of the Syrian town of Tabqa, located approximately 55 km from the city of Raqqa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The SDF fighters “are now hun ...

Official Refutes Reports on Liberation of 138 Yezidis by SDF

BAS News - 2017-04-15 14:17
He accuses some parties of playing with the emotions of Yezidis ERBIL— The reports that allege Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have rescued 138 Kurdish Yezidi individuals from the Islamic State (IS)' grip are "baseless", a related official said on Saturda ...

SDF Announces 4th Phase of Raqqa Assault

BAS News - 2017-04-14 19:50
ISTANBUL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the commencement of the fourth phase of the operation to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State's (IS) control. "In the name of the General Command of the Euphrates Op ...

Syrian Democratic Forces launch latest phase of Raqqa operation

Waar Media - 2017-04-13 15:51
WAAR-DUHOK: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched the 4th phase of the Wrath of Euphrates Operation to capture Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold Raqqa. In a statement on Thursday the majority Kurdish-Arab force said the latest phase wa ...

SDF Makes Territorial Gain Near Tabqa

BAS News - 2017-04-12 00:56
ISTANBUL — The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are currently fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, are now within 2 km of a key IS stronghold near Raqqa. The immediate goal of the SDF is to take control of Tabqa, located approx ...

ENKS to Reopen Headquarters in Rojava After PYD Closed Them

BAS News - 2017-04-11 16:42
The headquarters will be reopened within 10 days ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) has asked its local councils to reopen their headquarters in the cities across Rojava (the Syrian Kurdistan region) after they were closed down by the Kur ...

SDF Eliminate 12 IS Militants in Al-Tabqah

BAS News - 2017-04-10 01:26
The clashes commenced on Saturday ISTANBUL — Approximately 12 Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed by the Kurdish-led, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the vicinity of Al-Tabqah in northern Syria. According to local sources, as report ...

US, Russia Competing over YPG: Turkish FM

BAS News - 2017-04-10 00:23
SOFIA — The United States (US) and Russia are competing over the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), said Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday. According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, both the US and Russia are "competing f ...

PYD Stuck Between Two Policies in Rojava: ENKS Leader

BAS News - 2017-04-09 17:40
He accuses PYD of enforcing Syrian regime's agenda ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is seriously troubled in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) as it has been stuck between two policies, said a leader from the Kurdish opposition alliance in Rojava.PKK and i ...

PYD Delays Reunion of Yezidi Survivors with Families: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-07 00:15
DUHOK — The Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rules the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), creates problems for the Kurdish Yezidi survivors of Islamic State (IS) after arriving in their areas, said a Yazidi official. Hussein Qa’idi, the head of Kurdistan Regi ...

PKK Abducts ENKS Official’s Brother

BAS News - 2017-04-06 22:06
ERBIL — Armed forces affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have abducted a sibling of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) official in Rojava. Khalid Ali, the ENKS representative to Kurdistan Region, confirmed that his brother was abduct ...

US senior military advisor visits Kobane

KurdPress - 2017-04-06 07:52
US Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, visited the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Kobane, the US Department of Defense said o ...

Destiny of Political Prisoners Held by PYD in Rojava Unknown

BAS News - 2017-04-03 20:05
There are children among the prisoners ERBIL — The members of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) detained by the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) are still held in prisons. Saeed Omar, a leader from Kurdistan Democ ...

PYD Continues to Arrest Members of Opposition Parties in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-04-01 12:58
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) continues to crack down on political opposition parties in the Syrian Kurdish region known as Rojava. Germany-based Democracy Center for Human Rights in Kurdistan (DCHRK) said in a statement on Satu ...

U.S. senator McCain warns of ‘tough decisions’ with Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
WASHINGTON,— The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria faces “tough decisions” on how much it should support Kurdish fighters of Syrian Kurdistan in an offensive to reclaim Raqa from the jihadists, a senior US lawmaker warned Wednesd ...

Turkey expects Russia to close Syrian Kurds’ office in Moscow: FM

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
ANKARA,— Ankara expects that Russia will take steps to close the office of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Moscow, as it has informed Moscow that it sees no difference between the PYD and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, a designated terrorist ...

Syrian Kurdish-led forces capture Tabqa air base from Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
BEIRUT,— A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian alliance forces on Sunday took a military Tabqa airport in northern Syria held by Islamic State, close to the country’s largest dam that may be in danger of collapse. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an allian ...

Raqqa to be incorporated into Syrian Kurdistan: Kurdish leader

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government of Syrian Kurdistan being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State, a leading Kurdish poli ...

Syrian Kurds pull out from Geneva negotiations

KurdPress - 2017-03-30 10:15
The Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) on Wednesday pulled out from the negotiations in Geneva as a protest against the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC). ...

Kurds best to fight against IS, YPG representative tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-03-29 13:03
The representative of the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) in the anti-IS coalition stated that cooperation between Kurds in Syria and the coalition led by the U.S. is based on common interests and stated that Kurds are the best choice to fi ...

Arabs Make Up Bulk of PYD Security Forces in Rojava: Official

BAS News - 2017-03-29 12:14
PYD implements all the decisions of the Syrian regime ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Security Forces in the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) mainly consists of Arabs affiliated with the Syrian Baathist regime, according to a source from ...

PYD co-chief says Raqqa to be part of Rojava’s Federation

Waar Media - 2017-03-28 14:19
WAAR-DUHOK: Rojava’s Democratic Union Party (PYD) Co-chair Salih Muslim said on Monday that the northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed ...

Raqqa could be part of Syria’s Kurdish federation: Salih Muslim

KurdPress - 2017-03-28 08:28
The co-Leader of Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) stated that the northern Syrian city of Raqqa could join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State (IS). ...

PYD Increasing Forces in Towns to Pressure Rivals

BAS News - 2017-03-27 21:34
ERBIL — Armed forces affiliated to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) have been deployed to different areas of Rojava so as to increase the pressure on rival political parties and activists, an official said. Part of the forces are withdrawn ...

PYD Mobilizes Forces in Rojava Against Rivals

BAS News - 2017-03-27 17:19
ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) offshoot in the Syrian Kurdish region (Rojava) has withdrawn part of its forces from the vicinity of Raqqa and has mobilized them in the cities of Rojava, in a move to place its rivals under pressure, said a Syria ...

PYD Forces Raid House of Rival Politician in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-03-27 17:19
ERBIL — Security forces affiliated with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), raided the house of a rival politician in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). While raiding the house, which belongs to Abd ...

Syria's Raqqa expected to join Kurdish-led federalism: Kurdish leader

Reuters - 2017-03-27 14:21
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State, a leading Kurdish politician told Reuters on Monday. ...

Kurdish US-backed forces take ISIS-held airport near Raqqa

Waar Media - 2017-03-27 13:10
WAAR-DUHOK: Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, on Sunday seized a military airport from the Islamic State jihadist group in northern Syria (Rojava), a spokesman said. The capture of Tabqa airbase comes as ...

Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk of collapse

Reuters - 2017-03-26 14:16
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has warned that the Tabqa dam, which a U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab militia is trying to capture from the militant group, is at imminent risk of collapse because of airstrikes and increased water levels. ...

U.S.-backed Syrian militia makes gains against Islamic State

Reuters - 2017-03-26 13:40
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Kurdish and Arab Syrian militia backed by the United States has captured the town of Karama as it prepares for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa that it expects to take place in early April, it said on Sunday. ...

PYD Continues to Crack Down on Rivals in Rojava: DCHRK

BAS News - 2017-03-26 10:10
PYD armed men abducted two people in Derik, Rojava ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rules Rojava, the Syrian Kurdish region, continues its human rights abuses against the Syrian Kurdish political parties considered by PYD as ...

Kurdish-led SDF forces advance in Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-03-25 22:56
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) made a fresh progress on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) group in the countryside of the northern city of Raqqa, a Kurdish official told Mayadeen TV. ...

Syrian Regime Delegation Meets with PYD in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-03-25 19:45
ERBIL — A delegation from the Syrian Regime met with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) officials in Rojava to discuss the governance of the Kurdish areas in the north of the country. A local source, who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, con ...

PYD Steps Up Threats Against ENKS Members

BAS News - 2017-03-25 14:00
PKK pressures PYD to close down ENKS headquarters in Rojava ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), has threatened the political parties in the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) with expulsion and withdrawal of their licenses. Khalid Ali, a memb ...

Russia to set up military base in Syrian Kurdistan after deal with Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Russia is setting up a military base in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) in an agreement with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that controls the area and will be training YPG fighters as part of the fight against terrorism, th ...

Tens of thousands celebrate Kurdish Newroz in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Tens of thousands of people celebrate the Kurdish New Year Newroz across Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and other parts of northern Syria on Tuesday. Newroz is the traditional Kurdish new year, The year 2017 corresponds to the Kur ...

Syrian Kurds say will get training from Russian forces

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Russia’s military will train Kurdish forces in Syrian Kurdistan, the militia’s spokesman said Monday, in Moscow’s first agreement of its kind with the group that controls large parts of the country’s north. The move by Russia ...

Russia denies plans for new military bases in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
MOSCOW,— Russia does not plan to open new military bases in Syrian Kurdistan, the defense ministry said on Monday, after the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it had reached a deal with Moscow for a new military base in northwestern Syria. “There are no pl ...

Thousands of Iraqis seek shelter in Syrian Kurdistan after fleeing Mosul

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
MOSCOW,— Around 15,000 Iraqis have arrived in Syrian Kurdish territories after escaping the Mosul offensive, an official of the Federation of Northern Syria, a de facto Kurdish autonomy, told Sputnik. The Kurdish autonomy in Syrian Kurdistan is hosting r ...

Syrian Kurdish YPG aiming to expand to 100,000 fighters by end of 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia of Syrian Kurdistan aims to expand its force by about two-thirds to more than 100,000 fighters this year, it told Reuters, a plan that would strengthen autonomous Kurdish enclaves that are of de ...

U.S. Marines deployed in Syria, Kurds say

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish coalition says the U.S. has landed infantry behind Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on the town of Tabqa. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF say the U.S. has airlifted several ...

Syrian Kurdish YPG says Turkey shells villages in Afrin

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
AFRIN, Syrian Kurdistan,— Turkish shelling of Syrian villages in the Kurdish region of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) near the border wounded 10 civilians on Wednesday, the Kurdish YPG militia said. “This morning from 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) the Turkish ar ...

Russian troops go to Syrian Kurdish area shelled by Turkey: YPG

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
AFRIN, Syrian Kurdistan,— Russian forces went to a Kurdish-controlled area of Syrian Kurdistan (northwestern Syria) that was shelled by Turkey on Wednesday, the spokesman for the Kurdish YPG militia said. “Russian forces headed to the Jandaris area where ...

[PICTURES]: Syrian Kurds Celebrate Nawroz with Kurdistan Flag in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-03-22 22:24
PYD banned Nawroz and Kurdistan Flag in Rojava ERBIL - The Syrian Kurds in Kurdistan Region celebrated Nawroz with Kurdish costumes and the Kurdistan flag while the Democratic Union Party (PYD) prevented the event in the Syrian Kurdish region (Rojava). O ...

PYD Asked by Damascus to Release IS Captives: Official

BAS News - 2017-03-21 20:24
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has reportedly released a number of Islamic State (IS) captives upon the request of the Syrian Regime, an official claimed. Abdulbasit Hamo, Kurdi ...
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