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The beginnings of a NATO crisis

Kathimerini - 2018-02-18 00:45
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Turkey demands U.S. expel Kurdish Fighters from anti-Islamic State force

Roji Kurd - 2018-02-16 00:02
Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded that the United States expel a Kurdish militia from the ground forces it backs in Syria, underscoring the widening gulf between the NATO allies since Ankara launched a new Syrian offensive last month. Roji Kurd: Tie ...

Turkish Defence Minister Says US Can Put YPG Against PKK

BAS News - 2018-02-15 23:23
ERBIL — Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Thursday his United States counterpart, Jim Mattis, on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels had said the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) should be removed from the Syrian Dem ...

Turkey demands U.S. expel Kurdish militia from anti-Islamic State force

Reuters - 2018-02-15 18:35
BRUSSELS/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded the United States expel a Kurdish militia from forces it backs in Syria, setting up the visiting U.S. secretary of state for tough talks on an issue that has strained ties between the all ...

US: No Heavy Weapons Ever Given to YPG

BAS News - 2018-02-15 18:12
ERBIL — The United States has made it clear that it had never given heavy arms to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to be taken back now at the request of Turkey. Ankara, which is now leading a massive military operation against the Syri ...

US Negligent in Resolving Afrin Issue: PYD

BAS News - 2018-02-15 16:44
ERBIL — A member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) stated that the United States did not tend to solve the issue related to the Turkish offensive on the Kurdish city of Afrin in northern Syria. "It is being almost a month since Turkey has launched its ...

US Military Support to Peshmerga Continues: Commander

BAS News - 2018-02-14 21:04
ERBIL — The United States will continue its military support to Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, said the commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel. The US commander, heading a military and diplomatic delegation, met with Kur ...

US clarifies confusion over 2019 funds for SDF

K24 - 2018-02-14 05:34
The United States views the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as a valuable ally in the ongoing battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. (Photo: Archive) ...

US Allocates $550 Million for Training Syrian Kurds

BAS News - 2018-02-12 21:54
ERBIL — The United States has allocated $300 million in its 2019 defence budget to train and equip the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which is led by the Syrian Kurdish forces. The budget bill was signed by President Donald Trump earlier on Friday. It wa ...

Turkish Assault on Afrin Rather an International Conspiracy: KCK

BAS News - 2018-02-12 01:53
ERBIL — The United States and Russia bear responsibility in the Turkish crimes carried out against the Syrian Kurds in Afrin, said a top official from the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK). Speaking to ANF, Bese Hozat, the KCK Co-chairperson of Executive ...

Pogroms to the Jews for the “Secular Democratic” of Turkey – Part II

Dr. Yekta Uzunoglu - 2018-02-12 00:49
The world seems to have woken up after the events of the last five years and is asking what the real secularity of Turkey is like. Nearly all of the “analysts” from Europe, but also from a part of the United States, unanimously attribute the “current” si ...

PYD: US Ethically Should Stand with Syrian Kurds

BAS News - 2018-02-10 21:55
ERBIL — The United States and its anti-Islamic State Coalition ethically should stand with the Syrian Kurds at the face of the Turkish military offensives on Afrin, said a prominent Syrian Kurdish politician. Speaking to EuroNews, Salih Muslim, former Co ...

KRG PM receives US ambassador to Iraq in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-02-09 14:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received United States ambassador to Iraq Douglas A. Silliman in Erbil on Thursday. Barzani discussed with US ambassador the latest talks in Kurdistan – Baghdad talks and other pressing issues ...

Iran: US Working to Split Syria Through Kurds

BAS News - 2018-02-08 13:15
ERBIL — Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's top adviser on international affairs, has accused the United States of planning to divide Syria through its Kurdish allies in the country. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Vela ...

Facing Trump’s demands, NATO to consider larger Iraq training mission

Waar Media - 2018-02-07 15:35
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States is renewing pressure on its European NATO allies to establish a long-term train-and-advise mission in Iraq, diplomats said, reviving a divisive issue for an alliance wary after a decade in Afghanistan. U.S. Secretary of Defe ...

Erdogan: US Presence in Syria’s Manbij aimed against Turkey, Russia, Iran

Waar Media - 2018-02-06 19:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the United States should leave Syria’s Manbij in Aleppo province as Ankara plans to return it “to its true owners.” He also added that Washginton had “calculations against Turkey, Iran and ma ...

Turkey’s Erdogan warns U.S. to quit Syria’s Kurdish Manbij

E-Kurd - 2018-02-06 15:46
ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the United States to withdraw any American forces from the Syrian town of Manbij, vowing Turkish troops would expand a cross-border military operation to the key strategic hub. Erdogan bla ...

With an eye on Russia, U.S. to increase nuclear capabilities

Roji Kurd - 2018-02-04 00:03
Concerned about Russia’s growing tactical nuclear weapons, the United States will expand its nuclear capabilities, a policy document released on Friday said, a move some critics say could increase the risk of miscalculation between the two countries. Roji ...

Kurdistan PM Receives High US Delegation

BAS News - 2018-01-29 18:04
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received on Monday a senior delegation from the United States to discuss the latest political and security developments in the region. The US delegation was led by the US Deputy Secretary of State ...

Turkey intensifies campaign against Syrian Kurdish militia

E-Kurd - 2018-01-28 21:19
AFRIN, Syrian Kurdistan,— Turkey on Sunday seized a strategic outpost from Kurdish militia in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), pressing ahead with a campaign that has strained relations with the United States. After several days of poor visibility because of h ...

US, Poland oppose gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany

Waar Media - 2018-01-28 12:27
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States and Poland on Saturday took a strong stand against a planned gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany, saying it is part of a Kremlin scheme to politicize energy and undermine attempts to make Europe less dependent on Moscow. ...

US warned ahead of Syria strikes. report says

CNN - 2018-01-28 07:03
Turkey warned the United States before carrying out airstrikes against U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin province, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday, according to a report by Reuters. ...

Turkey tells US to “immediately withdraw” from Manbij, Syria

The Defense Post - 2018-01-28 02:10
Turkey urged the United States to withdraw military personnel from Manbij, Syria after Ankara said the US said it would stop arming the predominantly Kurdish YPG The post Turkey tells US to “immediately withdraw” from Manbij, Syria appeared first on The ...

United States expands sanctions against Russia

Waar Media - 2018-01-27 01:10
WAAR-DUHOK: The US Administration extended the list of companies and individuals in Russia and other countries covered by unilateral sanctions introduced in connection with developments in Ukraine. The relevant notice was posted on Friday on the website ...

U.S. deputy state secretary to visit Iraq Sunday

Waar Media - 2018-01-25 15:19
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will visit Iraq on Sunday, a newspaper has reported, saying that he would discuss an agreement signed by both governments. State-owned al-Sabaah said Sullivan will be received by Iraqi ...

Kurdistan PM and US Secretary of State Meet in Switzerland

BAS News - 2018-01-25 14:57
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Thursday, January 25th, with Rex W. Tillerson, the United States Secretary of State in Davos. The meeting took place on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland as both offic ...

Trump and Erdogan to talk amid US-Turkey tensions

CNN - 2018-01-24 13:46
Turkey's attacks on Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria are stripping bare deep tensions with the United States and are sure to be a topic of discussion in a call between President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that's set for Wednesday. ...

Turkey in deadly clashes with Syrian Kurds as U.S. sounds alarm

E-Kurd - 2018-01-23 23:29
HASSA, Turkey,— The Turkish army on Tuesday clashed with Kurdish militia in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) in an operation that has already left three of its soldiers dead, as the United States voiced alarm that the offensive could endanger attempts to end th ...

The Latest: Russia says US foments Syria Kurdish separatism

FOX News - 2018-01-22 13:33
The Latest on the developments in Syria and Turkey's offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Russia is accusing the United States of fomenting separatism in the Kurdish enclave in Syria that has come under attack by ...

After 24 hours of silence; shy American statement

ANHA - 2018-01-21 20:32
NEWS DESK – 24 hours after the Turkish aggression on theterritories of Afrin and the massacres against the population, the United States came out with a timid statement called on the Turkish regime to “restraint”. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by ...

Turkish forces push into Syria as Kurds fight back

Jerusalem Post - 2018-01-21 17:12
The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey, said it had repulsed the Turkish forces and their allies after fierce clashes. ...

US Senate failed to reach a settlement on budget

ANHA - 2018-01-20 15:47
NEWS DESK– The United States entered on Saturday a period of unrest with a partial closure of federal administrations in the result of failing to reach a compromise on the budget in the Senate. Despite the intensive researches in the recent days, the US S ...

Major Iraqi Shi’ite Party Accuses US of Interference in Elections

BAS News - 2018-01-19 21:18
BAGHDAD — An Iraqi lawmaker from the Shi’ite State of Law Coalition, led by former PM Nouri al-Maliki, said on Friday that the United States is obviously setting the ground for interference in Iraq’s upcoming general elections. MP Awatif Ni’ma said that ...

US Against Postponing Iraqi Elections

BAS News - 2018-01-18 23:22
ERBIL — The United States has slammed the calls for delaying the Iraqi parliamentary elections, saying it supports the vote to be held on time as scheduled by the government. “Postponing the elections would set a dangerous precedent, undermining the cons ...

U.S. insists it’s not forming new ‘army’ in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2018-01-18 15:20
WASHINGTON,— The United States is training a new force in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) but insisted Wednesday it does not intend to create an “army” or conventional border guards following criticism of the plan. Both Ankara and the main Syrian opposition gr ...

Kurdish National Alliance in Syria condemns Turkish aggression on Afrin

ANHA - 2018-01-17 10:50
Kurdish National Alliance in Syria (Hevbendî) condemned the Turkish aggression on Afrin and the psychological war against its population. it called on the United States, the Russian Federation, the international community and the Syrian national forces to ...

US Urges Kurdish Political Parties on Remaining United

Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan - 2018-01-16 12:29
The United States has expressed concern over the relations between various Kurdish political parties, urging the sides to maintain unity and help find a solution to the political deadlock between Erbil and Baghdad. ...

The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan to 'drown' Syrian Kurdish force

FOX News - 2018-01-15 14:02
The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 1: 50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to "drown" a 30,000-strong border Syrian Kurdish border security force that the United States is setting up. ...

The Shitheel and Those Shithole Countries

E-Kurd - 2018-01-15 09:05
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Once again, I rise in partial defense of Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States. He is being excoriated for calling an end to the protection of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African coun ...

Turkey warns citizens against travel to U.S. in tit-for-tat move

Reuters - 2018-01-12 22:45
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel, the latest tit-for-tat volley in a diplomatic feud between the N ...

US Urges Kurdish Political Parties on Remaining United

BAS News - 2018-01-11 02:02
ERBIL — The United States has expressed concern over the relations between various Kurdish political parties, urging the sides to maintain unity to help a solution to the political deadlock between Erbil and Baghdad. Speaking to reporters in the embassy ...

US to Recognise Syrian Kurdistan Under Control of SDF: Report

BAS News - 2018-01-07 23:44
ERBIL — The United States is planning concrete diplomatic steps to recognise the northern Syrian territories now governed by indigenous Kurds and Arabs, an anonymous senior Western official said. “The 28,000 square km territory, controlled by the Syrian ...

Pakistani minister decries U.S. as ‘friend who always betrays’

Waar Media - 2018-01-05 22:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said the United States was behaving towards Pakistan as “a friend who always betrays” after Washington suspended aid and President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of lies and deceit over many years. Opposition lea ...

U.S. suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

Waar Media - 2018-01-05 16:38
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups. The U.S. State Department announced the de ...

Are Americans numb to the reality of war?

Chicago Tribune - 2018-01-01 13:17
I have been reading the news regarding the prospects of war between the United States and North Korea. It strikes me that since 9/11 we, as Americans, have become increasingly numb to the tragedy of war. First, we invaded Afghanistan. Then we invaded Iraq ...

North Korea leader says he has ‘nuclear button’ on his desk

Waar Media - 2018-01-01 12:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kim Jong Un on Monday warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul. After a year domina ...

IS still exist in many Syria, Iraq areas

ANHA - 2017-12-27 17:38
NEWS DESK– The military spokesman in the name of the hard-line operation that is led by the United States against IS gangs said that about 1,000 IS mercenaries are still existing in Iraq and Syria. The colonel in the American army Ryan Dillon had previous ...

Palestinians will not work with US on Mideast peace, says Abbas in Paris

Waar Media - 2017-12-22 19:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he’ll no longer accept any U.S. plans for Mideast peace because of the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas says the United States is “no longer an honest mediator ...

Is the Iraqi Kurdish Spring here?

E-Kurd - 2017-12-21 22:04
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute Seldom has there been such a discrepancy between public perception and reality as with the case of Iraqi Kurdistan. Over the past decade, the region has spent tens of millions of dollars in the United States ...

After U.S. veto, U.N. General Assembly to meet on Jerusalem status

Waar Media - 2017-12-20 20:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The 193-member United Nations General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states on U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking a wa ...

Assad Calls US-backed Syrian Kurdish Forces “Traitors”

BAS News - 2017-12-18 21:23
ERBIL — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called the Kurdish forces allied with the United States “traitors”. “When we talk about those referred to as ‘the Kurds’, they are in fact not just Kurds. All those who work for a foreign country, mainly those und ...

Israeli authorities close crossings on Palestinians

ANHA - 2017-12-14 14:33
NEWSDESK- The Israeli authorities have decided to close Karam Abo Salem and Erez crossings on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian arena is witnessing a public alarm after the United States declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel ...

Germans say Russia is more reliable than the United States

Waar Media - 2017-12-10 23:08
WAAR-DUHOK: A new survey published by German public broadcaster ARD shows Germans trust Russia more than the US. America’s brand appears to have suffered considerably since the election of Donald Trump as US president last year. Germans increasingly see ...

US Sends New Arms Shipment to SDF

BAS News - 2017-12-09 20:55
ERBIL — The United States, which leads the Global Coalition to eradicate Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has reportedly sent another shipment of arms to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). News agencies affiliated with the Syrian opposition ...
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