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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Exclusive: Syrian Kurdish YPG aims to expand force to over 100,000

Reuters - 2017-03-20 16:25
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia 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 deep concern to neighboring Turke ...

UN report refutes ethnic cleansing claims against Syrian Kurdish YPG, SDF

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
YPG says U.N. report proves Turkish accusations of changing demographics baseless QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) of Syrian Kurdistan said a report released by the United Nations proves that the claim by Turkey an ...

Syrian Kurds say Raqqa offensive will start in early April

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The leader of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia of Syrian Kurdistan, Sipan Hemo, announced that the US-backed attack on Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa will start early in April. US officials, on the other hand, have made no ...

YPG says Raqqa assault starts early April

KurdPress - 2017-03-18 11:19
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), an armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has revealed that the offensive to retake Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) would be launched in early April. ...

Raqqa Assault Starts Early April: YPG

BAS News - 2017-03-18 01:06
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), an armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has revealed that the offensive to retake Raqqa from Islamic State would be launched in early April. "Regarding the decision to liberate Raqqa ...

Exclusive: Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in early April

Reuters - 2017-03-17 16:50
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said a U.S.-backed assault to drive Islamic State from its de-facto capital Raqqa would begin at the start of April and the YPG would be taking part, despite fierce opposition from neighboring ...

Turkey Forms New Arab Army Front to Fight Rojava

Waar Media - 2017-03-16 13:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The leaders of some 50 Syrian Arab tribes in Turkey on Tuesday declared they would form a new army to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) and the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Rojava (northeastern Syria). Convening in the Ku ...

YPG Hands over 4 More Villages to Syrian Regime Forces

BAS News - 2017-03-16 00:14
The villages are Kurdish populated MANBIJ — The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Wednesday has handed over four other villages in western Manbij to the Syrian regime forces, a local source told BasNews. Villages of Boghaz, Milweran, sabw ...

U.S. says Kurdish YPG group of Syrian Kurdistan not terrorist

E-Kurd - 2017-03-11 21:49
WASHINGTON,— The United States supports the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syrian Kurdistan despite Turkey’s concerns over the issue, U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner has said, repeating that Washington still views the Kurdistan ...

Turkey to hit Syrian Kurdish forces in Manbij if they stay: FM

E-Kurd - 2017-03-11 21:49
Russia’s potential support for Syrian Kurds may be headache for Turkey ANKARA,— Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday Turkey would strike against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia in the Syrian town of Manbij if they did not leave. Cav ...

Germany bans Kurdish PKK, YPG flags, Ocalan’s pictures: Spiegel

E-Kurd - 2017-03-11 21:49
BERLIN,— Germany has reportedly banned a total of 33 symbols used by Kurdish political and military groups, including the flag of a US ally in Syrian Kurdistan, YPG militia, and a portrait of Turkey’s jailed Kurdish leader. The move comes amid Germany’s ...

Germany bans logo of YPG and Ocalan pictures

KurdPress - 2017-03-11 11:16
The German government banned pictures of the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan and also the logo of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), local media reported on Friday. ...

New U.S. government’s policy towards PKK and YPG

KurdPress - 2017-03-09 11:28
The U.S. interim Department of State secretary said the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a terrorist organization but Washington, in spite of Turkey, believes that Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) forces have no ties with the PKK. ...

Why foreigners join Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-03-08 16:09
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Captivated by the idea of fighting jihadists, or dedicated to starting a “revolution,” foreigners have diverse reasons for joining the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria). The group is ...

Turkey to hit Syrian Kurdish forces ‘unless leaves Manbij’: FM

E-Kurd - 2017-03-04 10:55
ANKARA,— Turkey Thursday threatened to strike Syrian Kurdish militia forces if they don’t withdraw from Manbij, a former bastion of IS extremists that has been taken over by predominantly-Kurdish forces. “We will strike the YPG if they do not retreat,” F ...

Turkey will strike YPG unless it leaves Manbij: FM

KurdPress - 2017-03-03 13:10
Turkey will strike the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), if they do not withdraw from Manbij in northern Syria, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on March 2, Hurriyet dail ...

Turkey will Attack YPG Unless it Withdraws from Manbij: FM

BAS News - 2017-03-02 21:46
ERBIL — Turkey will conduct military offensives against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Manbij, northern Syria, if they reject to withdraw, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. He told reporters on Thursday that Ankara an ...

YPG no threat to Turkey: US

KurdPress - 2017-03-02 15:32
The top U.S. commander in the campaign against Islamic State (IS) argued on March 1 that the Syrian pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) does “not pose a threat to Turkey.” ...
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