Invasion Into Kurdish-Syrian Territory: Germany Bans Arms Exports to Turkey

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Germany has banned arms exports to Turkey over its assault against Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Saturday. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels advanced into Ras al Ain in northeast Syria on Saturday but it was unclear how far, with Turk...
2019-10-12 19:55:28 +0000

US Will Betray Kurds Again

For decades, the United States has maintained a curious relationship with the Kurds. Americans have historically enlisted them to help fight in the Middle East, only to turn on them in the end. Despite a history of betrayal, the Kurds have yet again become an important long ally in the fight agai...
2019-10-07 23:06:05 +0000

Kurdish-led SDF and Iraqi government could mount joint operations against ISIS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top Syrian Kurdish politician suggested on Wednesday that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Iraqi government could mount joint operations against Islamic State in the area on the border of the two countries. Aldar Xelil warned of a jihadist revival in ...
2018-04-04 18:48:34 +0000

Turkish Aggressors Captured Syrian Town of Afrin From Kurds

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. A spokesman for the rebel fighter...
2018-03-19 07:18:55 +0000

Turkish troops and allied rebels reached outskirts of Kurdish enclave of Afrin

A family walks past a tank belonging to the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels after the capture of Khaldieh village in the east of Syria's Afrin region on March 10, 2018. Khalil Ashawi / Reuters — Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels reached the outskirts of Afrin in north-west Syri...
2018-03-11 04:11:21 +0000

Turkey’s war on Kurds forces YPG to give up fight against IS

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s war on a Syrian Kurdish militia (YPG) that is closely aligned with the United States is forcing the group to give up positions against Islamic State militants in the Syrian desert to defend against the advancing Turkish troops. Ankara’s go-it-alone campaign against the K...
2018-03-09 07:50:54 +0000

Syrian army to back Kurdish forces in fight against Turkey

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday. Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in northern Sy...
2018-02-19 08:53:25 +0000

Kurds Continue the Resistance Against Turkish Barbarity

Kurdish forces in Syria said one of their fighters was mutilated by Turkey-backed rebels, referencing a video circulating on social media. Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last month against Kurdish fighters who control the northwest Syrian region of Afrin on the Turkish border, ope...
2018-02-04 06:16:11 +0000

Turkish aggression: Kurds didn’t expect US stance to be that low

Kurdish officials weren’t surprised the Americans have distanced themselves from the Turkish attacks on Afrin “but they didn’t expect United States stance to be that low.” Syria’s Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the US, and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey’s assa...
2018-02-01 03:41:30 +0000

Turkey's Erdogan threatens to expand Syrian Kurds offensive till Iraq border

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq -- a move which risks a possible confrontation with U.S. forces allied to the Kurds. The Turkish of...
2018-01-26 19:18:44 +0000

Syria: Turkish Aggression Against Kurds Continues

As Turkey continues its offensive in Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin, Ankara says it has killed 260 enemy fighters. Washington and Moscow have called for restraint as the United Nations readies aid supplies. Turkish artillery on Wednesday continued to pound targets controlled by the Syrian Ku...
2018-01-24 06:53:28 +0000

Turkey Attacks Kurds, the Most Effective Anti-ISIS Force

BERLIN — By launching an offensive against Kurdish YPG militias in northern Syria, Turkey is again proving itself to be an unpredictable actor. The failure of Turkey's partners to speak up smacks of cynicism, says Kersten Knipp from Germany's public international broadcaster-DW. The UK-based S...
2018-01-23 07:30:10 +0000

Turkey Launches Airstrikes Against Kurds in Syria

HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s war on Saturday with airstrikes against Afrin that raised the prospect of worsening relations between Ankara and NATO ally Washington. The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the Afrin region said Turkish air strikes killed six ...
2018-01-20 20:22:54 +0000

U.S. Will Stop Arming Syrian Kurdish YPG Fighters

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages, he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fighters. Speaking with ...
2017-12-02 01:32:08 +0000

Kurds Push for Dialogue, Offer to Put Independence on Hold

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered on Wednesday to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue. But an Iraqi military spokesman suggested an offensive - launched to wrest back territory after Kurds voted...
2017-10-25 17:26:06 +0000

Kurdish Peshmerga Pullout of the Disputed Area on Iran Border

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK (Reuters) - The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight. In the second day of a lightning governme...
2017-10-17 19:33:18 +0000

Kurds withdraw as Iraqi forces, Shiite militia push into the oil city of Kirkuk

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces, which include the US-trained Counter Terrorism Service and the Iranian-backed mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi, captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike...
2017-10-16 20:08:08 +0000

Erdogan says Iraqi Kurdish Authorities "will pay price" for Vote

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers. Iraq’s Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in Monday’s referendum, defying neighboring countries...
2017-09-30 23:44:09 +0000

Iran, Iraq, Turkey May Meet to Discuss Kurdish Iraqi Referendum

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey, Iran and Iraq may hold a trilateral meeting to discuss the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday. Yildirim also said he agreed with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi to coordinate economic and trade relati...
2017-09-28 13:42:09 +0000

KURDISTAN: Nearly 93 Percent of Kurds Voted for Independence

KURDISTAN, ERBIL - Iraq's Kurds have voted to create an independent state, the High Elections and Referendum Commission said on Wednesday, in a referendum that has angered the Baghdad government and regional powers Turkey and Iran. Final results released on Wednesday showed nearly 93 percent i...
2017-09-27 17:13:52 +0000

Erdogan Threatens Military Response to Kurdish referendum

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government ruled out talks on Kurdish independence and Turkey threatened to impose a blockade on Tuesday after Iraq’s Kurds defied their neighbors and their U.S. allies to stage a referendum showing strong support for secession. <hr><h2><a href="http:...
2017-09-27 17:29:35 +0000

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut oil pipeline from Kurdistan, Iraq to the outside world

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices took a breather on Tuesday after Brent crude earlier rose to a 26-month high, supported by Turkey’s threat to cut crude flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to the outside world. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to cut off the pipeline that carri...
2017-09-26 07:39:37 +0000

Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across the Middle East. <h2><a href="http://global-g...
2017-09-27 16:32:33 +0000

Turkey Angry at Germany For Kurdish Protests in Cologne

COLOGNE/ ANKARA - Turkey has summoned Germany's ambassador after more than 10,000 Kurds rallied in Cologne. The rally was in support of Kurdish independence as well as the jailed leader of the banned PKK. Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdi...
2017-09-16 23:42:44 +0000

Iraq: Turkey warns Kurds against holding an independence referendum

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Thursday welcomed an Iraqi parliament move to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence. The parliament in Baghdad authorized the prime minister to “take all measures” to preserve Iraq’s unity in response to the move to hold an independence referendum in Iraq’s s...
2017-09-14 17:54:07 +0000