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Turkish Authorities Send Nine YPG Members to Court

BAS News - 2018-09-18 22:21
They were held in Syria's Afrin ERBIL - At least nine members of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) appeared before a Turkish court on Tuesday for alleged involvement in the killing of two Turkish soldiers during the military confrontatio ...

Turkey Arrests 9 People in Afrin over Suspected PKK Links

BAS News - 2018-09-16 10:26
ERBIL — Turkish National Intelligence Service (MIT) has arrested nine people in Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin, and brought them to Turkey over alleged links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). According to a local authority, the arrests were made dur ...

Bomb Explosion Kills, Wounds Several in Afrin

BAS News - 2018-08-29 22:26
ERBIL - A bombing attack killed or wounded 21 people in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, southern Syria on Wednesday night, a report said. Kurdistan 24, citing local activists, said that the blast occurred in the center of the city, leaving three people kil ...

Afrin: Ankara-backed Rebels Confiscate Civilian Properties

BAS News - 2018-08-14 16:44
ERBIL — Islamist armed groups which are supported by Turkey continue unlawfully confiscating properties belonging to civilians in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, northwest of Syria. According to the information obtained by BasNews, the armed men of the Fre ...

Rudaw: Afrin street, building names changed marking demographic shift

Justice for Kurds - 2018-08-10 00:17
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkey and its Syrian proxies have expanded the campaign of demographic change in Afrin by renaming streets and public places, replacing Kurdish words and cultural references with Syrian opposition slogans. Turkish-backed opposit ...

Afrin: Ankara-backed Militants Change Names of Kurdish Streets

BAS News - 2018-08-08 01:08
ERBIL - Turkish-backed rebels changed on Tuesday the names of two squares in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in southern Syria, a report said. Kurdish activists in the region told Kurdistan 24 that the names of (Nowruz Sq. and Kawa Sq.) were changed to “l"S ...

Why Sweden and EU betraying the Kurds

E-Kurd - 2018-08-05 20:04
Shamm Shamayi Salih | Ekurd.net Sweden’s Foreign Minister has previously held that Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorism. Is it the Kurdish civilian population murdered in Amed (Diyarbakir), Afrin, Mêrdîn and Kobane? It’s been not a lon ...

YPG Claims it Killed 54 Turkish Soldiers, FSA Militants in July

BAS News - 2018-08-04 15:34
ERBIL - The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) claimed in a statement on Saturday that at least 54 Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed Syrian rebels killed by its forces in July in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. The YPG fighte ...

Amnesty Strongly Concerned Over Ankara-Backed Rebels Abuses in Afrin

BAS News - 2018-08-02 10:20
ERBIL - Amnesty International said on Thursday that the Turkish army in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syrian are giving Syrian rebels "free rein" to commit major human rights abuses, including torture, forced disappearances and looting propert ...

Syria's Afrin: YPG Kills Three Ankara-backed Rebels

BAS News - 2018-07-31 15:56
ERBIL - The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), in a series of military campaigns in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, has killed three Ankara-backed Syrian rebels, said the party said in a statement on Tuesday. "On July 28 our units i ...

Pro-Ankara Syrian Rebels Abuse Kurdish Civilians

BAS News - 2018-07-28 22:39
ERBIL — The General Command of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) has accused Ankara-backed Syrian rebels in the Kurdish cnclave of Afrin of disguising themselves as YPG fighters to abuse civilians in the region. The Kurdish party in an online statement ...

Non-Muslim Minorities Under Threat in Afrin: NGO

BAS News - 2018-07-19 22:39
ERBIL — The religious minorities other than Muslims in the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin are under serious threat since the Turkish army and Ankara-backed Islamist rebels have taken over the region, said a monitoring group. “The Turkish army has already b ...

YPG Kills Several Turkish Soldiers, Syrian Rebels in Afrin: Statement

BAS News - 2018-07-17 16:43
ERBIL - At least nine Turkish troops and three Syrian rebels, among which was a leader, were killed by the the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the southern region of Afrin in Syria, the party claimed on Tuesday. "Between July 11 and 15, our un ...

Kurdish IDPs from Afrin Die at Aleppo Hospital Due to Medicine Shortage

BAS News - 2018-07-17 00:59
ERBIL — Five civilians displaced from the Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin lost their lives at a hospital in Aleppo due to medicine shortage, said the hospital on Monday. Among the victims was a one-year-old child. Their death was confirmed by an official fr ...

Syrian Rebels Rape, Kill Mother and Two-year Girl in Afrin: Police

BAS News - 2018-07-08 14:46
ERBIL - A woman and her two-year old daughter were abducted, raped, and later killed by a group of three men from the Syrian opposition groups in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in southern Syria, police reported. Azaz Police Directorate said that an old wo ...

Two deadly explosions hit Afrin centre

Waar Media - 2018-06-27 16:20
WAAR-DUHOK: Two explosions rocked the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) on Wednesday, followed by reports that people were killed and injured. The twin blasts are believed to have been caused by car bombs, one of them taking place nea ...

Syria's Afrin: Twin Car Explosions Target Syrian Rebels Convoy

BAS News - 2018-06-27 13:47
ERBIL - Two cars explosions in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in southern Syria left several people people dead and wounded on Wednesday afternoon, local sources reported without any specific numbers of the victims currently. A source in the city, who wish ...

Turkish-Backed Rebels Clash Over Residential Houses in Afrin: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-29 14:39
ERBIL - Turkish-backed rebels have clashed in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, in Syria over residential houses in the city, said a monitoring group on Monday. "The clashes took place near Kawa roundabout in Afrin city, between a group of al-Hamzah Division ...

Stop Turkey’s war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afrin

Kurdish Institute of Brussels - 2018-05-24 15:57
Until Turkey stops committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in its invasion and occupation of Afrin in northern Syria, and withdraws its military and proxy forces from Afrin, Kurdish Lobby Australia calls on the Australian Government and others i ...

Turkish Forces Establish Military Bases in Syria's Afrin: Report

BAS News - 2018-05-22 14:11
ERBIL - While Russia has been warning that the Kurdish encalve of Afrn in Syria should be handed over the Syrian regime, Turkish army has set up more military bases in the region, said a report. Turkish army and Ankara-backed Syrian rebels entered Afrin ...

Nearly 90 Kurdish Inmates Handed Over to Syrian Regime by PYD

BAS News - 2018-05-21 13:24
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) has handed over at least 90 Kurdish prisoners to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, said an official. “The inmates were handed over to the Syrian regime during the withdrawal [of the YPG] from Afrin,” ...

Turkey in Syria: Ruling Kurdish Afrin by Sharia Law, Ethnic Cleansing

Kurdish Institute of Brussels - 2018-05-15 02:11
by Sirwan Kajjo, May 13, 2018 At the onset of the Turkish offensive, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government declared it a “jihad” against Syrian Kurds. Turkish preachers gave sermons justifying the assault as a “holy war.” Turkey and ji ...

Rudaw: Afrin: A landscape of unprecedented Arabization

Justice for Kurds - 2018-05-15 02:03
AFRIN, Rojava-Syria — A wave of Arabization started in the Kurdish city of Afrin in northwest Syria soon after its takeover by Arab rebel groups and Turkish forces, a process that continues to this day, according to evidence on the ground and statements f ...

US criticises Turkish measures over population transfers in Afrin

Waar Media - 2018-05-04 16:51
WAAR-DUHOK: State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert strongly criticized Turkish measures in Syria’s Kurdish canton of Afrin, which are preventing residents displaced by the fighting from returning to their homes. “We’ve been watching the situation v ...

US slams Turkey over population transfers in Afrin

Kurdistan24 - 2018-05-04 12:03
Residents sit in the back of a truck as they flee the city of Afrin in northern Syria on March 18, 2018, after Turkish forces and allied armed groups took control of the Kurdish-majority city. (Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP) ...

Turkey slowly implementing demographic change in Afrin

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2018-05-04 04:12
There are already signs in Afrin that Turkey is upending the long-established Kurdish demographics of the region by resettling displaced Syrians from across the country in place of Kurds uprooted by Operation Olive Branch. ...

Salih Muslim Urges UN to Protect Afrin IDPs

BAS News - 2018-04-28 21:32
ERBIL — Prominent Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim has urged the United Nations and the international community to protect the displaced people from the Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin after the Turkish offensives. “Nobody can foresee how Turkey will proc ...

New York Review of Books: A Call to Defend Rojava

Justice for Kurds - 2018-04-26 01:52
When Raqqa fell in 2017, after a long siege by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), it was generally thought that ISIS was defeated, save for some mopping up. But in January of this year, Turkey invaded Afrin—one of three cantons in ...

FSA Loots People's Properties in Syria's Afrin: Monitor

BAS News - 2018-04-23 14:00
ERBIL - The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has begun conducting violations against the civilians in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria, and looting their properties, said a human rights group on Monday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ( ...

Turkey, Syrian Allies Lost Hundreds of Men Fighting Syrian Kurds

BAS News - 2018-04-22 01:44
ERBIL — The Turkish army and its Syrian militia groups have lost “hundreds” of men since Ankara begun the military incursion into the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin last January, said President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. He said the rebels sufferi ...

UN Prevented from Reaching Afrin IDPs: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2018-04-19 22:57
ERBIL — The United Nations on Wednesday said that its workers are being denied access to the Kurdish civilians displaced from their homes in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin since the Turkish military incursion into the area. Some 137,000 Kurds are sa ...

Turkey Establishes Local Council in Afrin

BAS News - 2018-04-12 22:59
ERBIL — Turkey on Thursday formed an interim local council in the Kurdish town of Afrin in northwest Syria. The 20-member council consists of 11 Kurds, eight Arabs and one Turkmen, according to the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency. Zuheyr Haydar, a Kurdi ...

IRIN News: How Afrin became Syria’s latest humanitarian disaster

Justice for Kurds - 2018-04-09 14:33
For the past two months, Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels have been fighting the YPG – a Syrian Kurdish offshoot of Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – for control of the Afrin enclave. Violence had already displaced tens of thousands in the ...

Russia Expects Turkey to Handover Afrin to Syrian Regime: FM

BAS News - 2018-04-09 13:15
ERBIL — Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow expects Ankara to handover the strategic Kurdish town of Afrin in northwestern Syria to the Damascus government. He insisted that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had “never sa ...

Six Turkish Soldiers Killed, Wounded by YPG in Afrin: Report

BAS News - 2018-04-07 10:50
ERBIL - The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) killed four Turkish soldiers, and injured two more troops in the Kurdish city of Afrin in Syria overnight on Friday, according to sources. The Kurdistan Workers' Party' (PKK) media outlets said t ...

Aegean tension already taking a toll

Kathimerini - 2018-04-04 12:53
Ankara’s operation against the lightly armed Kurdish forces in Afrin, on the other side of the Turkey ...

Turkey-backed Militia Arrests Kurdish Photographer in Afrin

BAS News - 2018-04-01 21:47
ERBIL — The Syrian militiamen who are backed by Ankara have arrested a Kurdish female photographer in Afrin, local activists said. Dilshad Qarajol was arrested on Friday and here whereabouts and fate remains unknown up to the moment, Kurdistan 24 quoted ...

Turkey’s last big independent media firm is snapped up by a regime ally

The Economist - 2018-04-01 04:18
RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN has been on a roll lately. On March 18th the Turkish president announced the army’s capture of Afrin, a Kurdish stronghold in Syria, after two months of relentless attacks. Barely a week later, he scored another victory when a pliabl ...

Afrin.. Number of Turkish soldiers killed by YPG fighters

Waar Media - 2018-03-31 21:47
WAAR-DUHOK: A number of Turkish soldiers were killed as their tank was destroyed by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, said the party. The clash erupted between the Turkish troops and the YPG fighters in Bilbila and its ...

The world continues to disappoint the Kurds time after time

E-Kurd - 2018-03-31 15:18
Shamm Shamayi | Ekurd.net The Syrian Kurdish forces that strongly contributed to defeating the terrorist group Daesh (IS) are now being defeated by Turkish forces in Afrin. The war in Afrin continues and is soon about to become a new Halabja with genocid ...
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