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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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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) ...

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? ...

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 ...

US sends 112 truckloads of military equipment to YPG

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
The US has sent 112 more truckloads of military equipment to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday. ...

SDF secured 50 percent of Raqqa from IS: YPG spokesman

KurdPress - 2017-08-07 10:33
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are involved in a “big battle” with Islamic State (IS) militants in their Syrian de-facto capital of Raqqa, where 50 percent of the territory is secured, a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG said on Sunday, August ...

US Provides List of Weapons Sent to YPG

BAS News - 2017-08-03 21:07
ERBIL — The United States has rejected the media reports claiming that Washington had sent “tanks” and “hundreds of truckloads of weapons” to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). “The majority of U.S. military assistance, which consists pr ...

US sends more weapons to YPG despite Ankara’s objections

Waar Media - 2017-08-02 10:19
WAAR-DUHOK: The US has sent 100 more truckloads of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey claims is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in the northern Syrian city of R ...

US sends more weapons to YPG

KurdPress - 2017-08-02 09:09
The US has sent 100 more truckloads of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, Turkey state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday. ...

YPG may leave Raqqa operation if Turkish attacks continue: commander

KurdPress - 2017-07-30 13:23
A commander of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the largest component of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated that the forces may leave the coalition operation in Raqqa if Turkish forces continue to attack Kurdish-dominated regions ...

US Delivers New Shipments of Arms to YPG: Report

BAS News - 2017-07-29 17:04
ERBIL — The United States has delivered two new shipments of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish forces leading the Raqqa operation. According to a report by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, 100 trucks, loaded with military equipment, entered the Kurdish are ...

U.S. asks YPG 'you have got to change your brand'

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
One of America's most senior generals said on Friday he instructed the Kurdish YPG militia to change its "brand" a day or so before it unveiled an alliance with Syrian Arabs in 2015 under the name Syrian Democratic Forces. ...

Turkey Can Ally with Syria’s Kurds Someday / David Pollock

KurdPress - 2017-07-21 20:02
The July 5 headline in Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper, quoting Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus reads as follows: “Turkey Says It’s Not Declaring War On YPG [Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or People's Protection Units],” the main Syrian Kurdish militia just ac ...

SDF not attended in anti-IS coalition meeting: US official

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 06:35
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group overwhelmingly made up of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), has not attended any meeting in Washington of the international coalition to fight against the Islamic State (IS), a U.S. o ...

Kurdish YPG militia says Turkey ‘declaring war’ in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of Syrian Kurdistan, northwestern Syria, amounted to a “declaration of war” which could trigger clashes wi ...

Kurdish YPG expects conflict with Turkey in northern Syria

Kom News - 2017-07-06 17:55
The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a “declaration of war” which could trigger clashes within days. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan ...

U.S. is creating terrorist armies: Turkey

KurdPress - 2017-07-06 09:46
Turkey’s deputy prime minister ravished the leader of the free world for backing Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, which Turkey has deemed a terror organization, the Express reported. ...

YPG says Turkey is planning all-out conflict in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-07-06 09:46
The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a "declaration of war" which could trigger clashes within days. ...

Turkish Deputy PM Rejects Claims Over Declaring War Against YPG

BAS News - 2017-07-06 00:35
ERBIL — Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, responded to recent claims of the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) that Turkey is starting a war against the Syrian Kurdish groups fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Kurtulmus said in a stateme ...

Three killed, eight wounded in Turkey shelling YPG-held areas

KurdPress - 2017-07-05 13:54
Three people were killed and another eight wounded after bombardments were launched by Turkish airstrikes and Turkish-allied Syrian fighters in areas under the control of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. ...

YPG plans to take Azaz-Jarablus area in Syria

KurdPress - 2017-07-02 07:30
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia aims to "liberate" the area between Azaz and Jarablus held by Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, a YPG commander said in a statement. ...

Turkey shells Afrin region in Rojava

Waar Media - 2017-06-28 12:26
WAAR-DUHOK: The Turkish army late on Tuesday shelled United State-allied Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in the Afrin district in Rojava-Syrian Kurdistan. The major Turkish Hurriyet newspaper said the shelling was “retaliatory in respon ...

U.S. will send arms for Syrian Kurds even after Raqqa's fall

KurdPress - 2017-06-27 20:50
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State. ...

US-backed Syrian forces disclose outcome of 10-day fighting in Raqqa

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:01
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG), the key component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), fire rifles at a drone operated by Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa, Syria, June 16, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) ...

Syrian Kurdish boxer wins German boxing championship

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:01
Baker Barakat's trainer raises the flag of the Syrian Kurdish forces of People's Protection Units (YPG) at the end of a boxing match in Cologne, Germany, May 1, 2016. (Photo: SMA/Baker Barakat) ...

30000 YPG forces taking part in Raqqa operation

KurdPress - 2017-06-07 08:26
CNN stated in a report that 30000 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which includes half of the forces, have left northern Syria to participate in the ongoing operation against the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa. ...

US to provide heavy weapons for Syrian Kurds

KurdPress - 2017-06-07 08:26
A leading U.S. official has revealed that his country is planning to provide heavy arms for Kurdish fighters in Syria after Washington send light weapons to the Kurdish forces of Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) which is a part of the U.S.-led internationa ...

Date of Advance into Raqqa's Border to be Announced on Tuesday: SDF

BAS News - 2017-06-05 23:02
ISTANBUL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the operation to oust Islamic State (IS) militants out of Raqqa and its surrounding areas, will announce the date of the advance into the city’ ...

Advancing Towards Raqqa, SDF Recaptures Third Dam from IS

BAS News - 2017-06-04 21:42
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday the liberation of another strategic dam on the Euphrates river on their way towards the Islamic State (IS)-held Raqqa. The SDF, in which the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) pla ...

Kurdish YPG says ‘major operation’ on Syria’s Raqqa to start in days

Waar Media - 2017-06-04 12:53
WAAR-DUHOK: A U.S.-backed operation by Syrian forces to capture Islamic State’s Syrian “capital” of Raqqa will start in the next “few days”, the spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces said on Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance ...

111 YPG, YPJ Fighters Killed in May

BAS News - 2017-06-04 00:55
ERBIL — A total number of 111 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) were killed during various clashes in May, the party said in a press release on Saturday. The majority of the casualties, according to the press release, are fro ...

Turkey Accuses Syrian Kurds of Opening “Safe Corridor” for IS in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-06-04 00:18
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) is accused by Turkey of opening a safe corridor for Islamic State (IS) militants to exit Raqqa in Syria. "The National Intelligence Organization is monitoring this issue closely. There are some s ...

Operation to Advance into Raqqa in a Few Days: YPG Spokesman

BAS News - 2017-06-03 22:05
ISTANBUL — The advance into the city of Raqqa will begin in the next “few days,” said a representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to oust the Islamic State (IS) mi ...

Turkey blames U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish YPG

KurdPress - 2017-06-01 10:30
Turkey's National Security Council blames on Wednesday the U.S. government's decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Syria and stated that the attempt was "not befitting" a friend. ...

US Officials Confirm Delivering Arms to SDF

BAS News - 2017-05-31 00:34
ISTANBUL — The US military has shipped another instalment of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from Syria’s Raqqa. Thi ...

SDF Reached Vicinity of Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-05-31 00:15
ISTANBUL — The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to oust Islamic State (IS) militants out of Syria’s Raqqa, have reached the vicinity of the city’s border on Tuesday. The advanc ...

Picture: 16-Year-Old Teenager Enrolled by YPG Killed near Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-05-28 11:01
YPG, PKK’s armed wing, continues to conscript under age children ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG), the armed wing of Democratic Union Party (PYD), in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) continues to enrol children under 18 in its military. A ...

YPG Receives Third Batch of US Weapons: Source

BAS News - 2017-05-27 01:16
ERBIL — The US has sent the third shipment of weapons and armoured vehicles to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as part of the efforts to help local fighters in the war against Islamic State (IS). A YPG representative, on condition of a ...

Turkey steps up training of Free Syrian Army which fought Kurdish YPG

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey has stepped up training of the Free Syrian Army FSA, which has fought alongside Turkish forces against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State group IS, official media said Saturday. Turkey has vowed to battle Kurdish mi ...

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks: media

Reuters - 2017-05-18 08:18
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week that Turkey would act "without asking anyone" if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reporte ...

Syrian Kurdish YPG hails U.S. decision to supply weapons

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The Kurdish YPG militia of Syrian Kurdistan said on Wednesday a U.S. decision to arm its fighters battling Islamic State would bring quick results, and it now expected to play a bigger role in the fight against terrorism. “We ...

U.S. told Turkey Syrian Kurdish YPG would not stay on in Raqqa: PM

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON— The United States has told Turkey the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia would not remain in the region after an operation on Syria’s Raqqa, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in London where he is on an official ...

Amid Tensions Over Arming YPG, Erdogan, Trump Speak of Strengthening Ties

BAS News - 2017-05-18 01:00
ISTANBUL — During a joint news conference in Washington on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that although US President Donald Trump had approved arming the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG),—a decision Ankara has been veh ...

Erdogan to meet Trump amid disagreements on YPG

KurdPress - 2017-05-16 11:29
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold discussions in Washington on May 16 at a delicate time for bilateral ties after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the direct arming of Syrian Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG). ...

YPG militia will not stay on in Raqqa: PM

KurdPress - 2017-05-13 13:13
The United States has told Turkey that the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) will not remain in the region after the operation to take Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS), Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on May 12. ...

Turkish foreign minister warns US arming of Syrian Kurds poses threat

Waar Media - 2017-05-11 16:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Wednesday that arming the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurdish forces was no different to arming the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) group fighting in Turkey. Cavusoglu’s remarks ca ...

Trump's Decision to Arm YPG Angers Ankara

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:35
ISTANBUL — The decision to supply weapons to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria is inadmissible and likely to sabotage Turkey's security, said Turkish officials in response to the announcement made on Monday. Ankara "cannot accep ...

YPG and Arab Tribes Clash over Fleeing Conscript

BAS News - 2017-05-10 19:37
YPG forces kidnap 50 villagers, including women ERBIL— After Kurdish forces in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) attempted to arrest a deserting Arab conscript, they were confronted by the Arab tribes north of the city of Hasaka, and the crossfire caused several ...

US agrees to arm YPG ahead of Erdogan visit to Washington

Waar Media - 2017-05-10 10:52
WAAR-DUHOK: The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has authorized the Defense Department to directly arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the upcoming battle to liberate Raqqa, Syrian capital of the Islamic State (IS ...

White House approves arms for Kurdish YPG fighters: U.S. official

Reuters - 2017-05-09 20:16
(Reuters) - Despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey, the White House has approved supplying arms to Kurdish YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday. ...

US soldiers attend military ceremony of YPG

KurdPress - 2017-05-08 08:37
A number of U.S. soldiers participated in a military ceremony of Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militants joining the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Turkey may hit YPG in Syria ‘all of a sudden’: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-05-01 13:42
Ankara is gravely concerned by photos of U.S. soldiers attending the funerals of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants in the wake of Turkish air strikes on the two groups, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. ...

Turkey Threatens to Strike YPG “All of a Sudden”

BAS News - 2017-05-01 00:44
ISTANBUL — Expressing concern over the strengthening military cooperation between the US and Syrian Kurds, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened on Sunday that his country is likely to carry out further strikes on Kurdish fighters in Syria wi ...

Report: US troops deploy along Syrian-Turkish border

Waar Media - 2017-04-30 18:54
WAAR-DUHOK: As clashes between Turkey and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) continue, US armored vehicles are reported to be deploying to areas in Rojava (northern Syria). Footage posted online by Syrian activists showed a convoy of US armored ...

Pictures: US Deploys Forces Along the Syrian-Turkish Border in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-04-29 13:01
YPG says the US forces will be monitoring the situation along the border ERBIL — According to the Syrian Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG), US forces will be monitoring the situation along the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) border with Turkey after the lat ...

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 ...
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