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U.S. envoy leading coalition fight against Islamic State quits over Trump’s Syria move - Los Angeles Times

U.S. envoy leading coalition fight against Islamic State quits over Trump’s Syria move - Los Angeles Times

Latimes - 2019-06-01 14:06

U.S. envoy leading coalition fight against Islamic State quits over Trump’s Syria move - Los Angeles Times - Latimes

2 American women captured with ISIS sent back to U.S. with kids

CBS News - 2019-06-05 17:43
U.S.-allied Kurdish administration in north and east Syria says the 8 were repatriated at U.S. request "without any pressure or coercion" ...

Syrian Kurds repatriate 2 women, 6 children from Islamic State families to U.S.

E-Kurd - 2019-06-05 17:14
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Two American women and six children from families of suspected Islamic State group members were repatriated to the United States on Wednesday in the latest transfers from a crowded camp in Syria. The move is part of an effort ...

Two more French Islamic State members sentenced to death in Iraq

E-Kurd - 2019-06-03 18:50
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court on Monday, June 3 sentenced to death two more French nationals for belonging to the Islamic State group, bringing the total number of French jihadis condemned to death to 11. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in ...

Iraq sentences 7th French Islamic State member to death

E-Kurd - 2019-05-30 16:09
BAGHDAD,— A Baghdad court has sentenced a seventh French jihadist to death for joining the Islamic State group. Yassin Sakkam was among 12 French citizens transferred to Iraqi authorities in January by a US-backed Kurdish-led force fighting the jihadist ...

Syria Kurds handed over 148 Uzbek Islamic State women, children: officials

E-Kurd - 2019-05-30 09:49
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Kurdish authorities in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) on Wednesday handed over 148 Uzbek women and children linked to the Islamic State group to diplomats from the Central Asian country for repatriation, officials said. In total m ...

Iraq hands over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members

E-Kurd - 2019-05-29 17:00
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi authorities handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members to Turkey on Wednesday at Baghdad airport, where they boarded a plane and prepared to fly home, officials from Iraq’s judiciary and UNICEF said. Representativ ...

Iraq sentences two more French Islamic State members to death, 6 so far

E-Kurd - 2019-05-29 13:46
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court on Tuesday sentenced two high-profile French members of the Islamic State group to death, including one who featured in a propaganda video praising the 2015 Paris attacks, bringing the total number of French former jihadis condem ...

Iran's foreign minister: U.S. troop move to Middle East dangerous for international peace [Video]

Yahoo - 2019-05-27 17:52

Iraqi court sentences three French Islamic State militants to death

E-Kurd - 2019-05-27 12:48
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi court sentenced three French men to death on Sunday after finding them guilty of joining Islamic State, two court officials told Reuters. Iraq is conducting trials of thousands of suspected members of Islamic State, including hundreds ...

Does the U.S. really want to attack on Iran?

E-Kurd - 2019-05-26 11:28
Payraw Anwar | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Introduction: Tensions between the U.S. and Iran has escalated in recent days. The U.S. President Donald Trump rapidly decided to move an aircraft carrier ship which is known by Abraham Lincoln toward Persian Gulf. T ...

Kurdish PJAK rebels ‘won’t sit idly by’ if U.S. goes to war with Iran: chief

E-Kurd - 2019-05-23 13:55
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) fighters will not “sit idly by” if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, and could form a democratic front against the regime in Tehran, militia chief Zilan Vejin said in comments publish ...

Today: A Trump Voter’s Family Separation - Los Angeles Times

Latimes - 2019-05-20 16:42

YPJ commander: Our fight against ISIS sleeper cells will continue

ANF - 2019-05-19 15:54
YPJ commander Ronahi Halep explains that the fight against the sleeper cells of the ISIS is being resolutely continued. ...

China tells Turkey to support its fight against Uighur militants

Reuters - 2019-05-17 03:11
China has called on Turkey to support its fight against militants operating in China's restive far western region of Xinjiang, following criticism from Turkey about rights in a part of China heavily populated by a Turkic, mostly Muslim people. ...

Kurdish forces crack down on Islamic State fighters in Syria’s Deir al Zor

E-Kurd - 2019-05-16 14:25
DEIR al-ZOR,— U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against “terrorists” linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that residents and witnesses say has been at the cen ...

Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course

International Crisis Group - 2019-05-16 06:19
A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy. It is urgent that cooler heads prevail – in European capitals as in Tehran and Washington – to head off the threat of a dis ...

U.S. orders ‘non-emergency’ government employees to leave Iraq

Waar Media - 2019-05-15 15:27
WAAR_DUHOK The State Department on Wednesday ordered all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” to leave Iraq amid soaring tensions with Iran, which backs proxy forces there. It said in a statement that the announcement affects both the U.S. Embassy i ...

U.S. orders some government employees to leave Iraq, Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-05-15 14:59
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The U.S. State Department on Wednesday ordered the departure of “non-emergency government employees” from Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement. Referring to the embassy and the U.S. consulate in Ir ...

New York Times: They Were ‘Comrades in Arms’ Against ISIS. Now the U.S. Is Eyeing the Exit

Justice for Kurds - 2019-05-14 18:11
RMEILAN, Syria — Dressed in camouflage and sipping tea, the Syrian commander who emerged as America’s closest ally in the battle that defeated Islamic State looked to an unsettling future. The Kurdish leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, known by the n ...

In a vast, dust-swept landscape, Islamic State caliphate ends in rubble and wreckage - Los Angeles Times

Latimes - 2019-05-05 12:25