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  • Time for Britain to fix its mistake: how Kurdistan became part of Iraq

    09/22/2017 12:43:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Telegraph Company (UK) source K24 in KRG of Iraq ^ | 21 September 2017 • 8:15am | Noreldin Waisy
    Kurdish journalist Noreldin Waisy explains why Britain should recognise an independent Kurdistan in the upcoming referendum Relations between Kurdistan and Britain go back nearly a century. However, it is a tragic and sorrowful history. Kurds hold Great Britain, more than any other party, responsible for their inclusion in the state of Iraq. We hope that the United Kingdom will support us: that you will correct an old, hoary mistake, when the better judgement of men such as Churchill was circumvented through determined bureaucratic manoeuvre.
  • Erdogan advisor: Turkey worries referendum to spark Hashd-Peshmerga war

    09/22/2017 6:30:47 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Fudaw ^ | 20/9/2017 | none stated
    Turkey is concerned that in "one night" all of the gains made by the Kurdistan Region since the overthrow of the Baathist regime in 2003 could be lost, if the independence referendum is held and could lead to an Iraqi "civil war," a senior Turkish presidential advisor revealed. "We feel that Iraq has made a lot of gains in the past so many years since 2003; and these were rightful gains, the Kurdish people deserved those gains," said Ilnur Cevik, a senior advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • Turkish FM hints of UN's 'important role’ in stopping Kurdistan referendum

    09/22/2017 6:21:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 19/9/2017 | Rudaw
    Regarding the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum scheduled for September 25, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that the United Nations and Ankara can “be guarantors of their rights.”
  • Turkish PM says Ankara 'will not refrain from using its natural rights' over Iraqi Kurdish vote

    09/22/2017 5:47:59 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | September/22/2017 | none stated
    Ankara "will not refrain from using its natural rights"
  • Kurdish referendum matter of Turkey's national security: PM Yildirim

    09/22/2017 5:27:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Reuters (Istanbul) ^ | September 22, 2017 / 5:06 AM / Updated 2 hrs ago | Reuters Staff
    Link Only. In one word, "unacceptable" by Turkey
  • Maxine Waters ‘Guarantees’ That Trump Colluded With Russia

    09/21/2017 4:37:08 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12:08 PM 09/21/2017 | Chuck Ross
    California Rep. Maxine Waters is not a member of any of the Congressional committees investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. She also has no particular insight into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling. But that didn’t stop the Democratic lawmaker from offering up a “guarantee” on Thursday that Trump colluded with the Kremlin during last year’s presidential campaign. “Here you have a president who I can tell you and guarantee you is in collusion with the Russians to undermine our democracy,” Waters boldly told an audience at an event for the Congressional Black Caucus...
  • Turkey's Erdogan Tries (and Fails) to Censor an American Think Tank

    09/21/2017 4:01:30 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 21, 2017 at 10:52 am | Winfield Myers
    Turkey's descent into Islamist despotism distorts the NATO alliance: how can Turkey combat a external threat from without, Daniel Pipes asked, when a member state poses the same threat from within? No one tells us what we can say. We are a free people, and we will act in complete freedom. – Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum (MEF) The purging of 120,000 government employees following last year's failed coup means that "more police counter-terrorism experts are in prison than ISIS members." A democratic Turkey is a must for NATO, both for the alliance's success and for Turkey itself. –...
  • Turkey Uncensored: A History of Censorship and Bans

    09/21/2017 3:52:00 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Philos Project ^ | Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    On April 29, the Turkish government announced that it completely blocked Wikipedia over the online encyclopediaÂ’s refusal to delete articles and comments that suggest that Ankara is co-operating with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.Despite multiple requests by Turkish officials, Wikipedia refused to take down the content the Turkish government objected to. In response, Turkish authorities blocked online access to Wikipedia in all languages across the country.Wikipedia continues to be blocked in Turkey. But it is not the only restricted website in the country. An estimated 127,000-plus websites have been blocked in Turkey, along with another 95,000...
  • SDF General Command: 80% of Raqqa cleared of ISIS

    09/20/2017 12:29:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017, 12:10 | ANF Raqqa
    In a statement about the ongoing campaign to liberate Raqqa, SDF General Command announced that 80 percent of the city has been cleared of ISIS. The General Command of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) released a statement informing about the latest situation in the operation to liberate Raqqa, dubbed the ‘Great Battle’. The statement by SDF General Command is as follows; “During the past 5 days, our forces have targeted the fortresses formed by ISIS gangs north of Raqqa and launched an operation, which is a first on this front. ISIS gangs had estimated that they would be able to defend...
  • Syrian Christians advance against IS in de-facto capital Raqqa

    09/20/2017 10:14:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 9/20/17 | Karlos Zurutuza (Raqqa)
    The battle for 'Islamic State' stronghold Raqqa has reached its final stages, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-backed multi-ethnic alliance fighting IS. Karlos Zurutuza reports from Raqqa. At 22, Hannah has generously paid for his rank with a lost kidney, the scar that criss-crosses his chest and a bullet in the head which only grazed him. That didn't happen in Raqqa though, but in his native town of Qamishli - 600 kilometers (370 miles) northeast of Damascus - back in 2015. The enemy, however, was the same. Pre-war censuses in Syria placed the number of Syriac Christians at...
  • Democrat Marxist Congressmen Arrested Outside Trump Tower For Protesting DACA (disorderly conduct)

    09/20/2017 8:14:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Noisy Room Blog ^ | September 19, 2017 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) were arrested today sitting in the street outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) was also taken into custody. All three are die-hard Marxists and as racist as they come. They were busted for civil disobedience.Why would communist Democratic Congressmen make fools of themselves like this? Because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that was brought into being unconstitutionally by Barack Obama. Which is just hysterical because as far as I can tell and as much as I hate to say it, it looks like President Trump is...
  • Story of a Kurd from Raqqa who fights to free his hometown

    09/19/2017 5:45:10 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | HIVDA HEBUN
    Ezed Mihemed Ehmed is a Kurdish youth from Raqqa. He was 15 years-old when his family fled Raqqa after ISIS invasion. At that time he wanted to join the YPG ranks but was refused because of his young age. His family sent him to Turkey because they thought the conditions were better than Syria. After only 5 months Ehmed returned to his country. As soon as he turned 18 he joined the YPG and now all he wants is to return to the city where he was born and raised. “Real heaven for a person is the land where he...
  • Take Turkey's Kurdish group off the US terror list for good

    09/19/2017 5:20:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/17 01:37 PM EDT | Kenneth R. Timmerman, opinion contributor
    A Belgian appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling tossing out an 11-year old complaint against a number of Kurdish politicians because of their alleged ties to the Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK. The 2006 complaint, filed at the behest of the Turkish government, sought to jail 36 Kurdish politicians, many of them living as political exiles in Belgium, under Belgium’s counter-terrorism laws. A lower court tossed out the case last November, but the Belgian state prosecutor lodged an appeal following vigorous protests from the Turkish government, which leaks bullets whenever someone mentions Kurds. The court found that...
  • If bombed by Russia in Deir-Ezzor again, the US coalition and SDF vow they will fight back

    09/17/2017 9:15:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    The Region ^ | 9-7-17 (5:00 AM CDT) | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    KOBANI – Sipan Hemo, the general commander of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in a statement released on Saturday wondered why Russian forces bombed their positions, which led to the injury of six fighters. “Russia is bombing the positions of our forces. We are asking Russia to explain the reasons for their bombing our positions," he said, asking whether Assad and Russia were cooperating and allies with ISIS,” he said. On Saturday afternoon, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Although the Russian government...
  • UN to Turkey: “End rights violations”

    09/17/2017 4:24:21 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017, 10:27 | ANF - SERKAN DEMİREL (GENEVA)
    States speaking in the UN Human Rights Sessions criticized Turkey harshly and urged the country to end rights violations at once. United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council’s 36th Human Rights Sessions continued on the second day with discussions on the annual human rights report presented by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday. State and international NGO representatives spoke in the sessions and pointed out the scope of human rights violations in various parts of the world and stressed the need to prevent violations through international solidarity. Throughout the day, several states and NGOs speaking to...
  • New photos emerge of funeral attacker with Erdogan’s son

    09/17/2017 3:57:10 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 16 Sep 2017, 17:19 | ANF ANKARA
    New photos have emerged of M.A. who attacked the funeral of the mother of a prominent Kurdish politician, with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son. Multiple photos emerged of M.A with Bilal Erdogan, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son and with Turkish Labor and Social Security Minister Julide Sarieroglu. M.A. was among the group that attacked Hatun Tugluk’s funeral in Ankara on September 13. Hatun Tugluk is the mother of Aysel Tugluk, a prominent Kurdish politician. After the attack the body of Hatun Tugluk was taken out from her grave in Ankara and she was buried in Dersim the next...
  • The lawyer’s MiT deposition changed for the second time in court

    09/17/2017 3:27:00 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 14 Sep 2017, 00:00 | ANF HAMBURG
    Another similarity has surfaced in the cases of Lawyer Marvin Schroth’s clients MİT operative Mehmet Fatih Sayan’s and leader of the ISIS cell planning attacks in Düsseldorf  Saleh A. Like Sayan, Saleh A. also claimed he worked for the MİT first, but later changed his deposition. The case of Mehmet Fatih Sayan, the MİT operative sent to Germany to assassinate Kurdish politicians, started in Hamburg on September 8 and is expected to continue until mid-October. The case states that Sayan has worked with Turkish intelligence since 2013 and has received 30.000 Euros for his work. A significant point is that...
  • ‘I Want to Finish This’: US Special Ops Leaders Urge Washington to Stick by the Syrian Kurds

    09/13/2017 9:33:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | September 13, 2017 | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    KOBANI, Syria – Talking with American special operators as we walk in the summer heat through the sprawling training facilities of the Syrian Arab Coalition, one sentiment is immediately obvious: relief. It is not that these elite American troops are relaxed about the mission; it is that they make clear they think it’s working and see that the end is achievable. And for those of us who have written about and covered the post-9/11 wars, that is indeed a shift. “My military guidance is clear; what we are trying to do here in terms of the campaign against Daesh is...
  • Mob in Turkey attacks funeral for imprisoned Kurdish politician's mother

    09/13/2017 2:29:34 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Kurdistan 24 News ^ | 9-13-17 | Ari Khalidi (Editing by Ava Homa)
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - A mob of about 50 people on Wednesday attacked a funeral ceremony in the Turkish capital of Ankara for the deceased mother of the imprisoned Deputy Co-chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Aysel Tugluk. Speaking to Kurdistan 24, HDP lawmaker Adem Geveri confirmed the reports that a racist crowd assaulted Hatun Tugluk's evening funeral despite the presence of riot police and gendarmerie in the Ankara cemetery. Tugluk's mother passed away because of natural causes related to her old age in the early hours of Wednesday. The family after the assault decided...
  • Netanyahu: Israel Supports the Establishment of an Independent Kurdistan

    09/12/2017 10:05:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep 13, 2017 12:47 AM | Barak Ravid
    Netanyahu says that while Israel sees the Kurdish guerillas PKK as a terrorist organization, 'it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Tuesday that Israel supports the establishment of an independent Kurdish state. A few days ago Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said during a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya that "Israel and countries of the West have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan. I think that the time has come for the U.S. to support the process."