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ISIS Prisoners Threaten U.S. Mission in Northeastern Syria

Overcrowded, makeshift prisons and camps and fears of Covid-19 have led to two riots by hardened fighters.
Tags: News, Iraq, Syria, Terrorism, Kobani, Kurds, Assad, Defense Department, Detainees, Trump, International Committee of the Red Cross, McKenzie, Northeastern Syria, Donald J, Syrian Democratic Forces, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS


Islamic State prisoners escape from Syrian jail after militants riot

Unconfirmed reports of deaths as inmates overwhelm SDF guards in city of HasakahSeveral members of Islamic State have escaped from prison after militants sparked a riot and seized control of part of a large jail in north-east Syria, Kurdish and US military sources have said.Prisoners broke down walls and tore off internal doors during the unrest on Sunday night at Ghouiran prison in the city of Hasakah, overwhelming guards from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Washington’s Kurdish-led ground ...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Hasakah, Isis Continue, SDF, north east Syria, Ghouiran, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF Washington


Deadly clash in Syria a vivid reminder of US troops' ill-defined mission

Since Trump abruptly ended his pact with the Kurds, the US presence in the country’s north-east has been stuck in a quagmireAmerican battle trucks stuck in the mud, besieged by angry Kurdish villagers, and the Russian army trying to mediate their escape. After more than five years fighting Isis in northern Syria, it wasn’t supposed to end like this.But for US military officials, the scene near the city of Qamishli was a stark reminder of the incongruous end to the war against the terror group an...
Tags: Europe, Isis, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US military, Kurds, Trump, Qamishli


Syrian Kurds to put Isis fighters from dozens of countries on trial

Decision follows exasperation at failure to reach international agreements over prisonersSyrian Kurds have said they will hold trials for Islamic State fighters from more than 50 countries, including about 30 from Britain, after becoming exasperated by a failure to reach international agreements over what to do with them.The Kurdish-dominated administration in north-east Syria said it is holding 1,000 male fighters in overcrowded detention and a further 4,000 Isis women in refugee camps, many of...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, north east Syria


Missile Strike Damage Appears Limited, but Iran May Not Be Done

Iran said its bombings in Iraq had “concluded proportionate measures” against the United States, but officials around the region said that did not mean it was done maneuvering.
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, United States, Kurds, Suleimani, Qassim, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, United States Defense and Military Forces, Baghdad (Iraq, Erbil (Iraq


US isolationism leaves Middle East on edge as new decade dawns

With Trump deciding against protecting allies, old rivalries are converging across the regionThroughout the Middle East’s modern history, a constant remained – the US held a prominent stake and would throw its weight around to protect its interests and allies. The maxim held true as ideologies rose and fell, Gulf monarchies, Israel, and Arab nationalist police states took root – and war and insurrection periodically raged.But it ended during Donald Trump’s third year, a time when an isolationist...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Kurds, Donald Trump, Gulf, Trump


U.K. Arrests Man Who Sent £150 to Son Fighting With Kurds in Syria

The police arrested Paul Newey on suspicion of financing terrorism after his son, Daniel, traveled to Syria to fight with Kurdish-led forces.
Tags: News, Syria, Terrorism, Kurds, Daniel, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Defense and Military Forces, People's Protection Units (YPG, Kurdistan Workers' Party, Paul Newey


Ilhan Omar writes to US Syria envoy over Turkish white phosphorus allegations

Congresswoman calls on US Syria envoy to give full briefing on October incident in border town Four US congressional Democrats have written to Donald Trump’s Syria envoy asking him to spell out what information the US has about the alleged use of white phosphorus by Turkey against Syrian Kurdish civilians in October.Ilhan Omar and three of her colleagues in the House of Representatives called on Jim Jeffrey to provide a full briefing – in private if necessary – into whether it believes the incid...
Tags: US, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, House Of Representatives, War Crimes, Kurds, Donald Trump, Chemical Weapons, US Syria, Jim Jeffrey, Ilhan Omar, White Phosphorus


Ilhan Omar demands facts of white phosphorus use on Syrian Kurds by Turkey

Congresswoman calls on US Syria envoy to give full briefing of October incident in border town Ras al-AynFour US congressional Democrats have written to Donald Trump’s Syria envoy asking him to spell out what information the US has about the alleged use of white phosphorus by Turkey against Syrian Kurdish civilians in October.Ilhan Omar and three of her colleagues in the House of Representatives called on Jim Jeffrey to provide a full briefing – in private if necessary – into whether it believes...
Tags: US, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, House Of Representatives, War Crimes, Kurds, Donald Trump, Chemical Weapons, US Syria, Jim Jeffrey, Ilhan Omar, White Phosphorus


Turkey's 'safe zone' in northern Syria unsafe for civilians, says report

Human Rights Watch says fighters could be guilty of war crimes against local populationTurkey’s newly established “safe zone” in northern Syria is far from safe, according to a report by a human rights watchdog, citing ongoing fighting and abuses such as executions and home confiscations.Turkish forces invaded a formerly Kurdish-held strip of land on the Syrian border last month, then agreed to a ceasefire in the operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after talks with t...
Tags: Human Rights, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Human Rights Watch, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF


Revealed: how UK technology fuelled Turkey's rise to global drone power

UK-based manufacturer supplied crucial missile component to Turkish drone-maker during development stageTurkey was able to circumvent a US export ban on killer drones with the help of a missile component first developed in the UK, allowing Ankara to become an emerging power in the lethal technology, which experts warn is dangerously proliferating.The vital assistance from a factory in Brighton has helped Turkey on its way to become the second biggest user of armed drones in the world – one of a ...
Tags: UK, US, UK News, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Brighton, Kurds, Arms trade, Ankara, Drones (military






'Words are our weapon': the blistering power of Turkish protest rap

Amid conflict in Syria, stifled free speech and oppressive machismo, rappers in Turkey are speaking out to hold their country – and themselves – to accountPop culture is usually a comfortable distraction, but sometimes it can wake you up. Take the Turkish rap epic Susamam, which translates as I Can’t Stay Silent: a 14-verse manifesto for a generation fed up with complicity, and the largest collaboration in the history of Turkish rap. For a quarter of an hour, 19 artists challenge a litany of soc...
Tags: Europe, Music, Activism, Protest, Censorship, Women, World news, Turkey, Syria, Rap, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Pop and rock, Social exclusion, Hip-hop, Men


‘The Bombs Are Drawing Close’

Our village was built to create a peaceful place for women in Syria who have fled war and other hardships. But now our futures are full of danger.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Women and Girls, Civilian Casualties, War and Revolution, Democratic Federation of Rojava-North Syria


Car bomb explodes in Syrian town captured by Turkey from Kurds

At least 13 people killed in explosion in northern border town of Tal AbyadA car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey on Saturday, killing 13 people.Turkey’s defence ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which forces backed by Ankara captured from Kurdish-led fighters last month. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds


Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell.

With forces from the Assad regime deploying in their old lands, Syrians are afraid to go back home.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Syrian Democratic Forces, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Defense and Military Forces, Deir al-Zour (Syria


Kurds call on US to block Turkish military drones from Syrian air space

Unmanned weapons ‘targeting anything they wish to’Kurds say Turks have killed 509 civilians and 412 troopsSyrian Kurds are asking the Pentagon to block US-controlled air space over north-eastern Syria to Turkish armed drones which they claim are causing significant civilian casualties.Ilham Ahmed, the head of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) said the Kurds would hold the Pentagon responsible for Turkish war crimes if they did nothing to guarantee protection from the air. Continue reading...
Tags: US, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Pentagon, Ilham Ahmed, Drones (military, Syrian Democratic Council SDC


Russia-backed Syria constitution talks begin in Geneva

150-strong committee meets to chart political settlement and negotiate end to civil warRussia will today underscore its role in the political future of Syria as the 150-strong Syrian constitutional committee meets for the first time under UN auspices to chart a political settlement to end the eight-and-a-half-year civil war.The meeting – a key proposal from Moscow – in Geneva is being overseen by the UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, but has been fraught with difficulties, ranging from ...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Switzerland, Moscow, Kurds, Un, Bashar al-Assad, Geneva, Geir Pedersen


No, President Trump, It’s Not ‘Importing the Terrorism.’ It’s the Right Thing to Do.

We can’t reverse the reckless decision that unraveled northeastern Syria and sent America’s allies fleeing for their lives. But we can grant those partners asylum.
Tags: News, America, Syria, Terrorism, Kurds, Trump, Baghdadi, Syrian Democratic Forces, United States International Relations, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Refugees and Displaced Persons, United States Defense and Military Forces, Abu Bakr al


Syria’s Kurds Deserve Refuge With Us, and Fast

We can’t reverse the reckless decision that unraveled northeastern Syria and sent America’s allies fleeing for their lives. But we can grant those partners asylum.
Tags: News, America, Syria, Terrorism, Kurds, Baghdadi, Syrian Democratic Forces, United States International Relations, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Refugees and Displaced Persons, United States Defense and Military Forces, Abu Bakr al


What the U.S. Withdrawal Cost the Kurds

Mass funerals, wounded children, displaced families. This is what we found in northeast Syria after the U.S. withdrew its troops and Turkey attacked.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, People's Protection Units (YPG, Qamishli (Syria


As Kurds Tracked ISIS Leader, U.S. Withdrawal Threw Raid Into Turmoil

Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria upended a 5-year alliance and threw the plans against al-Baghdadi into disarray.
Tags: News, Syria, Kurds, Trump, Baghdadi, Syrian Democratic Forces, United States International Relations, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, United States Defense and Military Forces, Abu Bakr al, ISIS Leader U S Withdrawal Threw Raid Into Turmoil


Syrian Kurds say spy stole Baghdadi’s underpants for DNA test

Syrian Democratic Forces also claim they played a key role in tracking down Baghdadi to a compound in northern Syria Syrian Kurds say they managed to place a spy in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s inner circle who stole a pair of the Isis leader’s underpants to prove his identity and then helped guide US soldiers to his Syrian hideout.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim they played a key role in tracking down Baghdadi to a compound in northern Syria where he was reportedly planning his escape over t...
Tags: Isis, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Donald Trump, Baghdadi, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces


John Oliver Accuses Donald Trump of Betraying the Kurds on Last Week Tonight

“The Kurds fought with the U.S. military in at least two more wars than Donald Trump ever did,” Oliver said.
Tags: News, John Oliver, Uncategorized, Turkey, Syria, Late Night Television, Kurds, Donald Trump, Oliver, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver Accuses Donald Trump


Syria’s Kurds dreamt of a ‘Rojava revolution’. Assad will snuff this out | Kenan Malik

A brave social experiment looks doomed at the hands of Syria’s dictatorThree hundred thousand people displaced. Villages and infrastructure destroyed. Allegations of white phosphorus use. The costs of the Turkish invasion of northern Syria to create a “safe zone” are immense, the latest twist in the seemingly intractable Syrian war.Beyond the immediate human costs, there lies also a deeper loss. Rojava, the Kurdish name for the autonomous region of northern Syria, into which the Turkish army is ...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Kurds, Inequality, Women's rights and gender equality


'My people are being killed': the Australian Kurds betrayed by the US withdrawal in Syria

The Kurdish community in Australia fears a genocide under Turkey’s military operation“We are holding our hearts every day, so that they don’t break.”Abdulrahman Khalil Elyas’s father died in Rojava last week. Because of the bombardment of the Kurdish-controlled north-east region of Syria, he was hastily buried without a funeral. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Australia news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds


Syria: videos of Turkey-backed militias show 'potential war crimes'

Arab forces have allegedly been filmed torturing Kurdish fighters and mutilating bodiesCalls for war crimes investigations into the conduct of militias used by Turkey in Syria are mounting after a spate of new videos depicting Ankara-linked fighters torturing captives and mutilating dead bodies.Footage of atrocities allegedly committed by Arab forces in northern Syria is circulating widely across Kurdish regions of the country, sparking fears of renewed fighting and a deepening ethnic divide in ...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, War Crimes, Kurds, Arab and Middle East unrest


U.S. Could Send Troops to Guard Oil Fields in Syria, Esper Says

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said the United States may “maintain a reduced presence in Syria,” despite President Trump’s assurances of American withdrawal.
Tags: News, Defense, Turkey, Syria, United States, Kurds, Defense Department, Esper, Trump, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, United States International Relations, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, United States Defense and Military Forces, Defense and Military Forces, Mark T





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