Tag Archives: Syria

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 … Continue reading

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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.”  

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American, Jordon Matson fights with Kurds against ISIS

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.

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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.

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 reading

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Airstrikes target IS militant advance on key Kurdish town

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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AFP: Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region

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 … Continue reading

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

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, … Continue reading

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Kurds prepare militia to fight in Syria

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 … Continue reading

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Syrian Kurd party says Turkey should not fear its rise

(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 … Continue reading

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Syria and Kurdish goals

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 … Continue reading

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