Tag : Syria

At Last, Change of Course, in Midst of Setback
30 Oct
1:47

At Last, Change of Course, in Midst of Setback

This commentary first appeared in Iran Roundtable and was prepared to add some more insight to a short interview with BBC World Service Newsday Program.  Below is also the interview: The first death in action of an American soldier in Iraq since 2011 has refocused attention on the role of…

MSNBC: Kobani, the little city that stood up to ISIS
18 Nov
3:03

MSNBC: Kobani, the little city that stood up to ISIS

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, outlines the features of the fight against ISIS in the closely watched battleground city of Kobani in Syria, where local Kurdish men and women fight the well-supplied “Islamic State.”  

American, Jordon Matson fights with Kurds against ISIS
03 Nov
4:07

American, Jordon Matson fights with Kurds against ISIS

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The Situation Room|Added on October 27, 2014 CNN’s Ivan Watson profiles an American soldier fighting with a Kurdish militia against ISIS forces in Syria.

Video: How and how much is Iran paying Afghans to fight for Bashar’s Syria
31 Oct
3:02

Video: How and how much is Iran paying Afghans to fight for Bashar’s Syria

Syrian rebels claim that Iran is paying Afghan mercenaries to fight against them in Syria. Nick Paton Walsh has more.

In brief, the significance of Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane
29 Oct
6:30

In brief, the significance of Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane

Kurds have helped each other in the past, so why is this troop movement so significant? Briefly: -Kurdish peshmarga troops from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq crossed Iraqi border without the authorization from the Iraqi central government or parliament. -The Kurdish peshmarga forces aim to enter the territory of…

Kurdish Peshmarga forces pass through Turkey to rescue besieged Kobane
29 Oct
3:07

Kurdish Peshmarga forces pass through Turkey to rescue besieged Kobane

  Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – Heavily armed Kurdish peshmerga fighters were on their way to joining militias defending the Syrian border town of Kobane from the Islamic State group after setting off from Iraq Tuesday. Military trucks loaded with weapons were seen departing from the base northeast of the Iraqi…

Another top Iranian military commander killed in Syria
17 Oct
8:21

Another top Iranian military commander killed in Syria

Sharif Behruz Iranian regime’s state owned media confirmed the death of another senior Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, brigadier general Jabbar Darisawi in Syria. Ahvaznovin.ir reported that the body of Darisawi was buried in Ahvaz on Thursday, but failed to mention when the top commander of the IRGC was killed in Syria.  Regime sources confirm that…

With Kobnane on the verge, US dual-track policy is imminent
08 Oct
2:52

With Kobnane on the verge, US dual-track policy is imminent

This resourceful depiction by Foreign Policy online magazine is by far the best in its kind in exploring the political dynamics and landscape in Syria’s Kurdistan and the US involvement with the actors in the region. As the Islamic State terrorists continue to consolidate territories in Iraq and Syria, and as…

Airstrikes target IS militant advance on key Kurdish town
01 Oct
6:34

Airstrikes target IS militant advance on key Kurdish town

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US-led coalition forces launched at least five airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) group militants advancing on the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday. US-led forces carried out at least five air strikes on Wednesday against Islamic…

U.S. Strikes Follow Plea by Syrian Opposition Leader on Behalf of Kurds
23 Sep
6:45

U.S. Strikes Follow Plea by Syrian Opposition Leader on Behalf of Kurds

Abdul Hakim Bachar, the vice president of the Syrian opposition coalition and an ethnic Kurd, said that the Islamic State appeared to have attacked vulnerable Kurds in northern Syria in retaliation for earlier American airstrikes aimed at protecting Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq. The Obama…

AFP: Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region
17 Nov
5:32

AFP: Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region

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Baghdad (AFP) — The announcement of a new transitional authority in Syrian Kurdistan marks a key point in the ethnic group’s moves towards self-rule, but experts say disunity and war could still scupper their hopes. Tuesday’s declaration of a temporary autonomous administration in Kurdish-dominated parts of northern Syria, a plan…

Competing senses of liberation, dread rule in Kurdish areas of Syria
17 Aug
8:14

Competing senses of liberation, dread rule in Kurdish areas of Syria

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BY DAVID ENDERS McClatchy Newspapers AMMOUDA, SYRIA — The only place in the predominantly Kurdish city of Ammouda that’s still flying the Syrian flag is the police station, but people here say it means little. “There are only two police officers, and they stay inside and keep the door closed,” said…

Kurds prepare militia to fight in Syria
10 Aug
4:28

Kurds prepare militia to fight in Syria

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By Francis Matthew | Editor at Large for Gulf News The continuing fighting in Syria is a golden opportunity for foreign governments to put military forces onto the ground and take positions in advance of any political end-game. Syria’s neighbours want to influence events to suit themselves and do not…

Syrian Kurd party says Turkey should not fear its rise
10 Aug
4:20

Syrian Kurd party says Turkey should not fear its rise

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(Reuters) – A Kurdish party that is extending its power in northern Syria as President Bashar al-Assad battles an insurgency raging elsewhere, warned Turkey not to interfere in the region where it fears rising separatist militancy along its border. Turkey is alarmed at the growing influence of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and…

Syria and Kurdish goals
08 Aug
5:26

Syria and Kurdish goals

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By Najmuddin A Shaikh for Dawn.com ON Friday, the Bashar al-Assad regime suffered another symbolic defeat when the UN General Assembly voted 133 to 12 with 31 abstentions for a Saudi-sponsored resolution that criticised the Assad regime and castigated the UN Security Council for failing to act against the Syrian regime. Pakistan…