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U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State in Raqqa

Chicago Tribune - 2017-10-20 15:36
A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence. At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-led for ...

Kurdish female militia vows to keep fighting IS militants

Washington Times - 2017-10-20 08:12
BEIRUT (AP) - A Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said on Thursday it will continue the fight to liberate women from the extremists' brutal rule. In a highly symbolic gesture, ...

Symbol of Kurdish Nationalism Rises in Raqqa

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-20 02:05
Two days after leading the battle to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters on Thursday made clear they have replaced the extremist group as the Syrian city’s new authority. ...

Islamic State defeated in Raqqa after four-month siege

The New Mail - 2017-10-18 14:06
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday it has cleared Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital, of all militant fighters — ending a fight that began early this… The post Islamic State defeated in Raqqa after four-month siege appe ...

PYD elections in Syrian Kurdistan illegitimate

KNC Geneva - 2017-10-17 13:45
On 21st of September 2017, the first municipal elections organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took place in northern Syria in territories under their control. Thereby, administrative committees for the municipalities of the Kurdish regions were e ...

Fawza Youssef: Federation is solution, must circulated all over Syria

ANHA - 2017-10-16 15:14
The co-chair of the Executive Body of Democratic North-Syria Federation Fawza Youssef said during a meeting held in the Lebanese capital Beirut that the federation is not only for Kurdish people, rather, it is for all Syrian people assuring that it is the ...

Syrian City With Two Regimes Awaits Day of Reckoning

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-16 13:44
The Syrian city of Qamishli has spent the war under parallel Syrian and Kurdish administrations—two authorities, two legal systems—but after gains by Damascus, Kurds believe the day is near when the regime will try to retake the entire city. ...

Kurdish Journalist Succumbed to His Injuries After Blast in Syria

BAS News - 2017-10-15 19:46
ERBIL — A Kurdish journalist reportedly lost his life on Sunday after sustaining sever injuries in a bombing near Syria’s Deir ez-Zur last week. Hogir Muhammed was working for Hawar News Agency (ANHA) in Syrian Kurdistan, and he was wounded earlier on Oc ...

Islamic State faces imminent Raqqa defeat, Syrian YPG says

Reuters - 2017-10-14 15:10
AIN ISSA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters on Saturday. ...

Turkey Skeptical About US Taking Back Arms from YPG

BAS News - 2017-10-04 22:33
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu once again criticised the US policy for arming the Syrian Kurdish forces for the battle against Islamic State (IS), saying that Ankara looks forward to see Washington taking the arms back after the Raqqa ...

More refugees from Deir ez-Zor flowing, efforts mobilized to help them

ANHA - 2017-09-28 14:09
A new batch of displaced people of Deir ez-Zor city and the northern villages of the city arrived today in the areas liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces. Both of Rojava Organization for Relief and Development and Kurdish Red Crescent have mobilized ...

Third Dialogue Workshop in Istanbul successfully completed

KNC Geneva - 2017-09-21 23:03
From 15 to 18 September 2017, the third dialogue workshop organized by EZKS with the Syrian opposition took place in Istanbul. In addition to representatives of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, participants with a Druze, Assyrian and Jesidian backgr ...

US continues to send arms to Syrian Kurdish forces

KurdPress - 2017-09-21 09:21
The US is continuing to arm Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the fight against the terrorist Islamic (IS), Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency said on Wednesday. ...

Over 90% of Raqqa Recaptured by SDF: Monitor

BAS News - 2017-09-20 11:18
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have cleared 90% of the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) militants, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). “The battle of Raqqa nears to its end after the [Islamic] State retre ...

US gives PYD arms it doesn’t sell to Turkey: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
The United States gives weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) for free but does not want to sell weapons to Turkey for a price, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. ...

Kurdish Red Crescent striving at hot lines

ANHA - 2017-09-19 12:04
While battles are intensifying between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and IS mercenaries in the frontal battlefields during al-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor campaigns, Kurdish Red Crescent staff in the back fronts are undertaking their duties providing the fighte ...

Turkey sends more forces to Syrian border

KurdPress - 2017-09-18 08:46
Turkey deployed more forces to the border with Syria amid tension between Ankara and Washington over Kurdish militants in northern Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. ...

UK: Man Arrested for Joining YPG in Syria

BAS News - 2017-09-13 13:28
ERBIL — A British citizen who had joined the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units to help the fight against the Islamic State (IS), has been arrested upon his arrival back to his home country. Nottinghamshire police said that Aiden Aslin, 23, was bei ...

SDF Vows No Clash with Syrian Regime in Deir ez-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-12 00:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has promised not to clash with the Syrian Regime forces while both are advancing against Islamic State (IS) in Deir ez-Zor. "We have clear instructions that after Daesh is eliminated, we should not a ...

Kurdish-led SDF launch operation to liberate Deir al-Zor from ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-09-10 16:02
WAAR-DUHOK: The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched an operation against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the north of Deir al-Zor Province in Syria, according to a statement on Saturday. Officials from the Deir al-Zor Military ...

SDF Announces Operation in IS-held Deir al-Zor

BAS News - 2017-09-09 12:42
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday a major military operation against Islamic State (IS) in the province of Deir al-Zor, an official said. The SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, has been in fierce fighting with ...

In Syria, New Conflict Looms as ISIS Loses Ground

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-09-07 19:25
The Syrian regime’s successful offensive in Deir Ezzour this week pushed it ahead in the race against America’s Kurdish-led allies over who will inherit Islamic State’s remaining Syrian real estate. ...

US will continue with YPG after Raqqa operation: commander

KurdPress - 2017-09-03 13:57
Outgoing U.S. army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the Iraq-based commander of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS), has made it clear that Washington will continue to cooperate with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) ...

Kurdish-led SDF Kill Dozens of IS Militants in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-08-31 16:39
ERBIL — The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Thursday that they've killed dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants, including a number of snipers, in the city of Raqqa. According to an online statement released by the SDF, 40 IS milita ...

SDF says liberated 70 percent of Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-08-31 09:31
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters have liberated 70 percent of the Syrian northern city of Raqqa and the fight against the Islamic State (IS) is getting tense. ...

Tel Abyad tribes meet in support of federal elections

ANHA - 2017-08-28 16:23
Dozens of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkmen tribal notables (Girê Sipî), a number of leaders of the People and Women Protection Units and leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces are in a tent erected in support of the federal election. ...

The tale of a farewell to arms / Fatih Cekirge

KurdPress - 2017-08-28 11:29
The U.S. claims that it will retrieve 1,000 trucks of weaponry after giving them to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), once the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ends. Is it possible to believe this? ...

Syrian Kurdish forces capture carload ATGM missiles

KurdPress - 2017-08-27 13:39
The Kurdish Asayish police force in the Afrin district, in Syria’s northwester Aleppo province, captured a car loaded with two ATGM missiles coming from the rebel-held Idlib city on the road to Azaz, ARA News reported. ...

SDF Takes Control Over Iconic Clock Tower in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-08-24 23:45
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured Raqqa's iconic clock tower in the center of the city from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The SDF released a video on Wednesday showing the clock tower, located at the end of al-Qawatli St ...

[IN PICTURES]: Headquarters of Yekiti Party Burned in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-08-24 12:42
ERBIL — Unidentified gunmen set fire to the headquarters of the Syrian Kurdish Yekiti Party in the city of Qamishlo in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). "A group of unknown young men came to the headquarters of Suleiman Adi of Yekiti party in the eastern neighb ...

Erdogan, Mattis discuss US backing for PYD, KRG referendum

KurdPress - 2017-08-24 11:12
The U.S.’s ongoing support for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) dominated Pentagon chief Jim Mattis’s talks in Ankara on Aug. 23, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complaining about Washingto ...

Turkey, Iran Jointly Work to Prevent Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

BAS News - 2017-08-22 23:49
ERBIL — Turkey and Iran reached an agreement on Monday to ensure Syrian regime’s Bashar al-Assad reasserts control over Kurdish territories in northern Syria, said the Iranian Chief of GeneralI Staff Mohammad Baqeri. The agreement aims to prevent any Kur ...

Police Arrests 2 Syrians Involved in Killing Iraqi Kurd in Germany

BAS News - 2017-08-19 20:38
ERBIL— Two Syrian teenagers who are accused of stabbing an Iraqi Kurdish youth and wounding his brother in Germnay's Wuppertal have been arrested. German media outlets reported that one of the people is 14 year old and the other is 16. Two more Syrians i ...

Syrian Democratic Forces announce liberation of 60% of Raqqa city

Aranews - 2017-08-17 03:28
ARA News The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have liberated 60% of Raqqa city since the launch of a major operation against Islamic State’s (ISIS) extremists in the key city on June 6, 2017. Talal Silo, the SDF’s official spokesman, said that ...

SDF troops capture more ground in Raqqa, expel ISIS from two districts

Aranews - 2017-08-14 01:35
ARA News The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday made new gains in the fight for Raqqa city. After heavy clashes with ISIS extremists, the US-backed SDF troops seized control of two more districts in Raqqa–the ISIS’ de facto capital in S ...

Turkey reinforces military units on Syrian Kurdistan border

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
ISTANBUL,— Turkish news agencies say the country has increased its military presence along its southern border against threats from Kurdish militants in Syrian Kurdistan, northern Syria. The official Anadolu news agency said Saturday that Turkey dispatch ...

Turkey’s Erdogan says new military moves in Syrian Kurdistan imminent

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s president reiterated Saturday that new cross-border operations into Syria are in the works as the country boosts its military presence along the border against threats from Kurdish militants in Syrian Kurdistan. President Recep Tayyip ...

Syrian minister says election plans in Syrian Kurdistan a ‘joke’

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
DAMASCUS,— A senior Syrian government minister on Sunday dismissed as a “joke” plans by the Kurdish-led administration in Syrian Kurdistan, northern Syria, to hold elections and said they would not be allowed to threaten the country’s territorial unity. ...

Syrian Kurds say 17 Indonesians who escaped Islamic State leave Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— A group of 17 Indonesians who had joined the Islamic State group in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman i ...

Syrian Kurdish commander sees long battle against IS in Raqqa

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
RAQQA, Syria,— U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces now have Islamic State fighters surrounded in central Raqqa, a Syrian Kurdish commander said, but he predicted that driving the militants out could take up to four months. “We’ve cleared about half of Old Raq ...

US seeks Syria’s disintegration with Kurdish help: expert

KurdPress - 2017-08-10 10:07
Washington’s chief objective in Syria is either toppling Bashar al-Assad or destroying Syria’s integrity, in particular, with the help from Syrian Kurds’ armed groups, said Boris Dolgov, a Senior Research Fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Center ...
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