Turkish Claims that the PKK is Operating in Artsakh Set a Dangerous Precedent

Paul Antonopoulos Conflict sparked up again yesterday in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against Armenian forces. Although the Republic of Artsakh is not recognized by any state, including Armenia, and it is still internationally recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territory, it achieved a de facto independence in 1994. As…

Kurdish People Resist Storm of Turkish Bombs

The indiscriminate bombing of a territory to destroy the people living in it. That seems to be the premise of the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And that premise was confirmed last June 15, when the Ankara government ordered a massive bombing of Bashur (Iraqi Kurdistan, northern Iraq), which targeted the Makhmur refugee…

US Betrays Kurds – Again

It is a maxim of US statecraft that Washington “does not have permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” That maxim, attributed to Henry Kissinger, was starkly demonstrated this week when US President Donald Trump gave Turkey a green light to launch a military offensive on northern Syria, targeting Kurdish militants. The Turkish offensive began on…

In the Last 24 Hours: Forces Prepare for Turkish Assault on Northern Syria

Russian Army Reinforces in Aleppo to Block Ankara’s Possible Attacks TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Army has reinforced its troops in the city of Tal Rafat in Northern Aleppo to confront the imminent attack by the Turkish Army in Northern and Eastern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets said. The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in…

Kurds in Syria Ready to Negotiate With Damascus as Turkish Operation Looming

Sputnik-Middle East Kurds in northeast Syria are ready to work on an agreement with Damascus in order to protect themselves as the Turkish operation in the area is looming and the United States has abandoned its support, a top official of the de-facto autonomous administration of North and East Syria (AANES) stated. “In order for…

Kurds in Fateful Triangle as US Moves to Redeploy IS Terror Groups

Finian Cunningham Kurdish fighters have been used by the US to ostensibly defeat the remaining Islamic State holdouts in eastern Syria. But what is emerging is not a final defeat of the terrorists, more a redeployment to further destabilize the Arab country. Potentially, the Kurds could wind up not with the regional autonomy they desire,…

US Army to Set Up Another Military Base in Iraq’s Kurdistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US army is planning to set up a new military base in Erbil province in Iraq’s Kurdistan, a well-informed source said on Sunday. The source said that the US has paved way for transferring its forces from Syria to Iraq, disclosing that Washington is planning to build a base in Saqlawah in…

The Kurds Must Choose Between Loyalty to Syria or Defeat by Turkey

Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from occupied northeast Syria, the Kurds of al-Hasaka have, for the last two days, been negotiating with the government of Damascus on how to spare the province from a possible Turkish invasion. Syrian General Ali Mamlouk, the Syrian president’s special security advisor,…

Syrian Kurds Vow to Fight ‘to Death’ in Event of New Turkish Op in Syria

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its component, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have promised to fight “to the death” in the event of a new Turkish operation in northeastern Syria, SDF spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told Sputnik on Friday. “We will defend the north and the east of Syria to the death,”…