Trump warned Turkey’s Erdogan in letter: ‘Don’t be a fool!’

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WASHINGTON,— U.S. President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey’s incursion into Syria, “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!” The October 9, 2019 letter was released by the White House on Wednesday as Trump battled to control the political damage following his decision to pull U.S. […]

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Turkey’s offensive in Syrian Kurdistan displaced more than 300,000: monitor

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BEIRUT,— Turkey’s week-old offensive against Syrian Kurdistan. the Kurdish region in northeastern Syria, has displaced more than 300,000 people, a war monitor said Thursday. “More than 300,000 civilians have been displaced since the start of the offensive,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said. He said the jump in the […]

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Turkey gains ground from Syrian Kurds in key border town of Serêkaniyê: monitor

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SEREKANIYE, Syrian Kurdistan,— Turkish troops and their Syrian proxies gained ground Thursday in Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ain) in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), a key border town where Kurdish fighters had been putting up stiff resistance, a war monitor said. “There have been intensive air strikes on Ras al-Ain over the past three days,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the […]

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U.S. House denounces Trump’s troop withdrawal from Syrian Kurdistan

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WASHINGTON,— The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to condemn Donald Trump’s pullback of US troops from Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria), a formal manifestation of the fierce bipartisan backlash against the president’s controversial policy. The joint resolution is the first congressional denunciation of Trump’s move, which critics have savaged as essentially providing a green […]

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Hundreds of Syrian Kurds fleeing Turkish invasion seek refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Hundreds of Kurds from Syrian Kurdistan entered neighbouring Iraqi’s Kurdistan autonomous region on Wednesday, fleeing a Turkish invasion, an official said. “On Wednesday, about 800 Syrian refugees entered Iraqi Kurdistan,” said Rashid Hussein of the refugee authority for the autonomous Kurdish region. The new arrivals, mostly women and children, were being […]

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Turkey arrests 24 over criticism of offensive in Syrian Kurdistan: news agency

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ANKARA,— Turkish authorities have arrested 24 people for spreading “black propaganda” on social media about Ankara’s military operation in Syrian Kurdistan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday. In the Kurdish region in northeast Syria, where Turkey is aiming to establish a “safe zone” to settle millions of Syrian Sunni Arab refugees, Turkish forces […]

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Syria regime forces enter Kobani under deal with Kurds: monitor

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KOBANI, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syrian regime troops and Russian soldiers on Wednesday entered the key border Kurdish town of Kobani, following a deal struck with Kurdish authorities amid a deadly Turkish offensive, a war monitor said. “Syrian regime and Russian troops have entered the town of Kobani,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Kobani is […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan rules out talks with Syrian Kurds

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ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday firmly ruled out any negotiations with Kurdish militants in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), saying their only option was to lay down arms and retreat. He dismissed calls from foreign powers, including the United States, who have demanded a ceasefire in Turkey’s week-old operation in the Kurdish region in […]

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MBS-Erdogan-Trump alliance against Syrian Kurds in West Kurdistan

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Aziz Baran | Exclusive to Ekurd.net It seemed rather odd even to the US President Donald J Trump’s closest allies in the Republican Party that following a short telephone call with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan he put out a statement on a Sunday at 11:00pm Washington DC time to announce the withdrawal of US […]

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Turkish assault on Syrian Kurds weakens Iraq’s divided Kurds

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Turkish border offensive against Kurdish forces in Syrian Kurdistan will further weaken Iraq’s divided Kurds next door and embolden regional rivals who have one thing in common – they want no Kurdish state. The assault, following an American troop pullback that in effect gave Turkey a U.S. green light, alarmed […]

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