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  • Thousands of ISIS fighters surrender following US strikes on Syria prison uprising

    01/26/2022 3:47:00 PM PST · by BeauBo · 13 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | JAN 26, 2022 | MAX HAUPTMAN
    Thousands of Islamic State fighters have surrendered after almost a week of fighting at a prison in Syria. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced Wednesday that they had re-taken control of the al-Sina’a prison in the northeastern Syrian town of Hasakah. .. The attack on al-Sina’a prison in Hasakah began with a series of car bombings at the prison complex, triggering a riot after some detainees overpowered guards. The prison is one of several across northeastern Syria, where thousands of captured ISIS fighters have been held since 2019, when coalition-led Kurdish forces captured the last major territory held by the...
  • Islamic State Launches Assault on Prison in Northeast Syria

    On Thursday night (20 Jan 2022), prisoners began revolting in Gweiran Prison (in Hasakah, Syria), where thousands of suspected IS members have been held following the defeat of the terror group in 2019. On the same evening, fighters attacked the prison and a car bomb was exploded nearby, according to reports. Shami later said that some 89 prisoners had been recaptured, but fighting continued near the prison into Saturday. In a statement, the SDF said that 17 of its members and those affiliated with allied groups had been killed since the assault in Hasakah began. The SDF also reported that...
  • One Way the Kurdish Insurgency Could Lead to the Collapse of Turkey

    09/09/2020 2:22:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 9, 2020 | Michael Rubin
    Once other countries even covertly begin supporting the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey, there will be no turning back. Modern Turkey arose nearly one hundred years ago against the backdrop of European efforts to divide the Anatolian Peninsula. This fact drives both Turkey’s collective paranoia and its xenophobia. Its nightmare is a Kurdish secession. While the PKK and its offshoot groups long ago abandoned this goal in favor of localized autonomy, Turkish president Recep Erdoğan’s penchant for instigating fights with neighbors and regional states may soon make Turkey’s fears a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Turkey’s problem with its Kurdish problem has existed almost...
  • US SOF troops and Kurdish fighters take down ISIS cell leader (Syria)

    05/09/2020 7:53:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    SOFREP (military grade content) ^ | 2 hours ago | Steve Balestrieri
    U.S. Special Operation Forces led a Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operation against an Islamic State cell in Syria in response to increased ISIS attacks in the region. The combined operation resulted in the capturing of an ISIS leader responsible for the recent attacks in the Deir el-Zour countryside. Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the U.S.-led coalition in Syria and Iraq, released a statement by spokesman Colonel Myles Caggins on Thursday highlighting the missionÂ’s success and announcing the capture of the unnamed ISIS leader. Yet, he didnÂ’t add much more regarding the operation in the Deir el-Zor region....
  • Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS

    10/18/2019 5:45:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/19 | Tal Axelrod
    The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by both the U.S. and Turkey, penned an open letter in English rebuking President Trump's comparison of the group to ISIS amid a fight between Kurds and Turkish forces in northern Syria. The PKK said in Friday's letter that it “refused comparisons” to ISIS after Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday that the Kurds were “no angels” and that the PKK is likely “more of a terrorist threat” than ISIS. “We refuse comparisons being made between our movement and the inhumane thugs of ISIS,” the PKK’s...
  • Kurds reach deal with Syrian army

    10/13/2019 5:26:48 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 October, 2019 | BBC
    The Kurds in Syria say the Syrian government has agreed to send its army to the northern border to try to halt Turkey's offensive against them. Syrian state media earlier reported that government forces had been deployed to the north. It follows the US decision to pull all its remaining troops from the area... (Turkey said) It also plans to resettle more than three million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey within the zone. Many of them are not Kurds. Critics have warned this could lead to ethnic cleansing of the local Kurdish population. (Just as Turkey did after it took...
  • Exclusive: Military leader of Syrian Kurds tells US 'you are leaving us to be slaughtered'

    10/12/2019 8:25:23 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 3:59 PM ET, Sat October 12, 2019 | Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
    The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria. "You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN. "You are not willing...
  • Erdogan threatens assault on Kurdish militia in Syria 'very soon'

    08/06/2019 7:22:41 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 13 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6 Aug 2019 | Josie Ensor
    Turkey and the US are on a collision course after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would “eliminate” Washington’s Kurdish allies in Syria “very soon”. Mr Erdogan has been threatening an assault on the Kurdish People’s Protection Unity (YPG) militia for over a year, but it is thought he now plans to make good on the promise... Turkish media outlets have often shown images in recent weeks of military convoys heading for the border area, carrying equipment and fighting units. It also appears to have opened a section of the border wall in the last few days... Kurdish officials warned...
  • Kurds gain support, perhaps invitation to Syrian talks

    07/26/2019 4:35:58 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 25, 2019 | Jano Shaker
    QAMISHLI, Syria — Since the battles against the Islamic State (IS) in Baghouz ended in March, several factors have indicated the Kurdish-led autonomous administration in northeast Syria is garnering international political support. Previously, support to that region — known as Syrian Kurdistan or Rojava — from the international coalition against IS had been limited to military and security aspects. Now, diplomatic visits have increased in frequency, actually coming weekly in the past two months, Abdul Karim Omar, head of the region's Foreign Relations Department, told Al-Monitor. Most foreign delegations visiting the self-administration area used to avoid the media and focused on receiving their countries' children and wives of IS fighters held there. But...
  • Turkey arrests over 60 Kurdish politicians on eve of elections

    03/30/2019 3:28:24 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 7 hours ago | Rawa Barwari
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish police on Saturday conducted raids on 127 homes in Istanbul and arrested at least 53 people, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidates for the city council, as the country goes to ballot boxes for nationwide local elections in less than 24 hours. Elsewhere in the southern Sanliurfa province, police arrested 11 others campaigning for the elections, the HDP said in a statement to the public, adding the reason for arrests was not specified yet. In the cities of Adana, Van, and Igdir, authorities reprimanded 31 party members to prisons on “terrorism-related” charges. The current wave...
  • Ten Kurdish teachers kidnapped in Afrin (in Turk/ISIS occupied Syria)

    03/30/2019 11:14:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 30 Mar 2019, 13:40 | ANF AFRIN
    In Afrin ten teachers have been kidnapped by the occupation forces. Their whereabouts are unknown. In the northern Syrian canton of Afrin, which is occupied by the Turkish state and the pro-Turkish jihadists, ten Kurdish teachers have been abducted, seven of them women. According to the JINNEWS, the teachers were employed at three different schools in the Ashrafiyah district and were abducted after school hours. Where they were taken is not known. One of the teachers is reported to be pregnant. The names of the following teachers who have been abducted are known: Sediqa Xelil, Ronahi Şêxsîdî, Behzat Xelil, Reşit...
  • Pro-Kurdish US lawmaker to head key House committee

    11/11/2018 10:35:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | November 2018 | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) - On January 3, when the new US Congress takes office, Rep. Eliot Engel (D, New York) will become the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.Engel is a long-time supporter of the Kurds. In 2014, he pressed the Obama administration as to “why the Kurds, as a distinct people, aren’t entitled to the same rights of self-determination the Palestinians enjoy.”The following year, Engel backed legislation authorizing the direct US provision of arms to the Peshmerga.And two years after that, Engel supported the Kurdistan independence referendum, issuing a statement on September 25, the day of the...
  • Turkey sees U.S. backing Syrian Kurdish YPG as support for PKK - spokesman

    11/08/2018 12:50:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Nov 08 2018 | none stated
    Turkey does not differentiate between what it sees as terrorist organisations and any support for Syrian Kurdish forces means supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state-run Anadolu news agency quoted presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın as saying on Wednesday in reference to U.S. backing for Kurdish fighters in Syria battling Islamic State. Turkey sees the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), that control most of northeast Syria as part of the PKK that has been fighting for self-rule inside Turkey for more than 30 years. The YPG denies being part of the PKK, but...
  • YPG captures Adil Musa Abdouljezar, one of key figures of ISIS (Syria)

    09/04/2018 6:12:21 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News | Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018, 13:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    Adil Musa Abdouljezar was captured alive in an operation that was successfully carried out by YPG Anti-Terror Units (YAT). People’s Defense Units (YPG) Press Office released a statement announcing the capture of a key figure of ISIS. YPG provided the following information about the operation; “Our struggle against the ISIS terrorist organization that had emerged as the most brutal group of history and had been calamity for the peoples of the Middle East and for the revolution in Rojava and Northern Syria, is progressing and obtaining great victories. Through our effort and struggle to defend the values and dignity of...
  • ISIS suffers devastating defeat in Deir Ezzor

    08/12/2018 7:22:31 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    AMN ^ | 2018-08-06 | Leith Aboufadel
    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dealt a lethal blow to the so-called ‘caliphate’ a week ago, when their troops seized the last border points that were under the Islamic State’s control in eastern Syria. According to the official spokesperson for the SDF, their troops managed to capture the entire desert of eastern Deir Ezzor and secure the Al-Hasakah provincial border that weekend.
  • Family of Kurdish female fighter seen naked, mutilated in graphic viral video speaks out

    07/13/2018 11:44:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-11-2018 | Hollie McKay
    KOBANI, Syria –  As the battle for the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin raged earlier this year, amid Turkey’s eventually successful “Operation Olive Branch” to seize control from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), images of the bloodbath flooded social media. But there was one especially shocking video, captured via cellphone, that ignited international outcry: a fighter with the all-female Kurdish unit known as the YPJ lay dead and half-naked in the dirt, her body mutilated with deep cuts lacerating her exposed breasts. Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters in military fatigues can be seen swarming the corpse, groping the pockets of her...
  • In Turkey’s watershed election, it’s the Kurds who could tip the balance

    06/22/2018 9:03:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 21 at 12:23 PM | Amberin Zaman
    Sunday, voters in Turkey will face a stark choice between two paths. One, embodied by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, entails a further descent into authoritarianism and a deepening of ethnic and sectarian divides. The other, represented by the opposition, offers the potential for national reconciliation, a return to parliamentary democracy and an easing of tensions with the West. The stakes have never been higher. Opinion polls show a deeply polarized nation, split between the pro-Erdogan camp and an opposition bloc led by pro-secular presidential candidate Muharrem Ince. Not only will the outcome affect the Turkish people. It also will determine whether...
  • Brother: Iranian Kurdish Dissident Has ‘Hours’ Before Execution

    06/22/2018 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    VOA News ^ | June 21, 2018 8:15 | Michael Lipin
    IRBIL, IRAQ — A brother of an Iranian Kurdish man sentenced to death for belonging to a Kurdish nationalist group says the dissident has told a lawyer that he has hours to live after being transferred back to death row.Speaking exclusively to VOA Persian on Thursday, Amjad Hossein Panahi said his detained brother Ramin Hossein Panahi was moved to death row at a prison in the northwestern city of Sanandaj in the past day. Amjad Panahi, who is based in Germany, said Ramin met with defense lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz on Thursday and told the lawyer that he expected to be executed...
  • Turkey election board moves ballot boxes in Kurdish provinces, prompts fears of fraud

    05/28/2018 7:40:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) News ^ | 5-27-18 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Citing “security reasons,” Turkey’s top electoral board decided on Sunday to move some ballot boxes in at least 19 provinces from which the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) traditionally gets most of its votes, party officials said. Moving or merging the boxes meant that hundreds of thousands of voters in different villages, towns, and city centers would have to go elsewhere to cast ballots instead of their local polling stations on June 24, the day Turkey’s challenged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set for snap general and presidential elections. On Saturday, HDP lawmaker Mithat Sancar of Mardin visited...
  • Turkey bans nine books on Kurds, ranging from genocide, Barzani, and Mahabad to Ezidi faith

    05/14/2018 5:57:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | 5-13-18 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish authorities recently banned nine translated books of various scholarly subjects about the Kurds, the owner of an Istanbul-based publishing house that released them told Kurdistan 24 on Sunday.A local Turkish court in the Idil district of the Kurdish province of Sirnak deemed the books’ content in contravention of the anti-terror and press laws, citing articles that deal with “terrorist propaganda.”Editor and founder of the publisher Avesta, Abdullah Keskin, said over the phone that a ruling by the court dated back to September last year. However, he was notified of it on Friday.“To be seized, collected,...