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Russians pull out from Syrian Kurdish townTuesday 23 February 2021

Russians pull out from Syrian Kurdish town

The Syria-based Rojava Information Center (RIC) on Sunday evening reported that Russian forces had pulled out from the main base in Ain Issa in northeast Syria, possibly in a bid to pressure the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to make a deal with the Assad government.

US reviewing Iraq policy, says officialTuesday 23 February 2021

US reviewing Iraq policy, says official

A US State Department official stressed that Anthony Blinken, Department of State Secretary, has begun a program to review US policy toward Iraq.

Biden’s Syria policy / Paul IddonMonday 22 February 2021

Biden’s Syria policy / Paul Iddon

After a month in office, the Biden administration doesn’t appear to have a Syria policy.

PYD representative Balkans says US recognize Syrian Kurds politicallyMonday 22 February 2021

PYD representative Balkans says US recognize Syrian Kurds politically

The representative of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the Balkans calls on the United States to recognize the Syrian Kurds politically.

Turkey probes pro-Kurdish MP over alleged visit to Kurdistan RegionMonday 22 February 2021

Turkey probes pro-Kurdish MP over alleged visit to Kurdistan Region

Turkish prosecutors on Sunday, February 21, launched a probe into a pro-Kurdish MP suspected of having travelled to the Kurdistan Region where 13 Turkish citizens were killed in a failed rescue.

Advisor to Nechirvan Barzani warns disagreement between Erbil and Baghdad will worsen situation in IraqSunday 21 February 2021

Advisor to Nechirvan Barzani warns disagreement between Erbil and Baghdad will worsen situation in Iraq

Noting that the Iraqi government has no choice but to reach an agreement with the Kurdistan Region, the military adviser to the president of the Kurdistan Region said that the recent disagreement between Erbil and Baghdad would worsen the situation in Iraq.

PUK senior member resigns from all party positionsSunday 21 February 2021

PUK senior member resigns from all party positions

Mahmoud Sangawi, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), announced that he had resigned from all party positions. According to the Awine news site, Mahmoud Sangawi announced during a press conference that he had resigned from all party positions in the PUK.

Minister says Iran and Iraq border will be closedSaturday 20 February 2021

Minister says Iran and Iraq border will be closed

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on Saturday that the border of Iran and Iraq will be closed.

Kurdistan Region Ministry of Peshmerga welcomes NATO plan to increase its forces in IraqSaturday 20 February 2021

Kurdistan Region Ministry of Peshmerga welcomes NATO plan to increase its forces in Iraq

The Peshmerga Ministry of the Kurdistan Region welcomed NATO's decision to increase its forces and expand its mission in Iraq.

Ammar al-Hakim visits Sulaimani, meets PUK officialsSaturday 20 February 2021

Ammar al-Hakim visits Sulaimani, meets PUK officials

Leader of the National Wisdom Movement Ammar al-Hakim arrived in Sulaimani city on Saturday, February 20, meeting with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Co-President Lahur Sheikh Jangi and Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakir.

7 ISIS militants killed in clashes with Iraqi forcesSaturday 20 February 2021

7 ISIS militants killed in clashes with Iraqi forces

Iraqi security forces clashed with the Islamic State (ISIS) group north of Baghdad on Saturday, February 20, leaving at least five jihadists and two security personnel dead.

Does ‘Syrian trio’ of Russia, Iran and Turkey have a future? / Kirill SemenovSaturday 20 February 2021

Does ‘Syrian trio’ of Russia, Iran and Turkey have a future? / Kirill Semenov

There are signs that the Astana talks on the Syrian war — which began in 2017 and are sponsored by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran — have little prospect of making progress going forward.

Ex-military intel chief signals Turkey was behind Paris murders of KurdsFriday 19 February 2021

Ex-military intel chief signals Turkey was behind Paris murders of Kurds

Turkey was behind the killing of three female Kurdish activists in Paris in 2013, retired General Ismail Hakki Pekin, the former head of a Turkish military intelligence unit, signaled in comments made on CNN Turk television this week.

Erdogan's new verbal threat against Kurds was a message to the US: politicianFriday 19 February 2021

Erdogan's new verbal threat against Kurds was a message to the US: politician

A Syrian Kurdish politician said that the US strategy was to create a balance between the Kurds and the Kurdish enemies in the region, and the recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against the Syrian Kurds intended to declare that the US should not pay too much attention to the Kurds.

Kilicdaroglu says seeks answers on Gara killingsFriday 19 February 2021

Kilicdaroglu says seeks answers on Gara killings

The chairman of Turkey Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, has rebuffed the criticisms from senior government officials and repeated his questions over the last week’s military operation that ended with the killing of 13 Turkish nationals allegedly by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

We must create a way to fight for peace: HDP co-chairFriday 19 February 2021

We must create a way to fight for peace: HDP co-chair

The government is pursuing a policy of bipolarity, war and tension to maintain its existence and we must find a way for making peace in Turkey, People's Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairman Mithat Sancar told members of the Left Party.

Iran says all sanctions imposed by Trump must be liftedFriday 19 February 2021

Iran says all sanctions imposed by Trump must be lifted

In reaction to the White House retreat from the snapback mechanism, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US unconditionally and effectively must lift all sanctions imposed and re-imposed by Trump in compliance with Resolution 2231.

KIG rebrands itself as the Kurdistan Justice GroupFriday 19 February 2021

KIG rebrands itself as the Kurdistan Justice Group

During the second day of its party congress on Friday, February 19, the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) renamed itself as the Kurdistan Justice Group and elected more than twenty members to the party’s Leadership Council.

Turkey to lobby Biden over F-35 jets - reportFriday 19 February 2021

Turkey to lobby Biden over F-35 jets - report

Turkey has hired an international law firm to help it win back its spot in the US-led F-35 fighter jet program, state media reported on Friday, February 19.

Experts shed light on reasons behind establishment of new American base in Syrian KurdistanFriday 19 February 2021

Experts shed light on reasons behind establishment of new American base in Syrian Kurdistan

Two military experts say the US-led coalition's move to establish a new military base in the Syrian Kurdish-controlled area near the Iraqi Kurdistan region could signal a longer US-led coalition presence against the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS).

U.S. will cooperate with SDF against ISIS in Syria: Pentagon officialFriday 19 February 2021

U.S. will cooperate with SDF against ISIS in Syria: Pentagon official

The United States has been cooperating with the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria against Islamic State (ISIS) and will continue to do so under President Joe Biden, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a news briefing.

Syrian Kurdistan administration is not separatist: officialFriday 19 February 2021

Syrian Kurdistan administration is not separatist: official

The joint chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the North and East Syrian Autonomous Administration stated that the Kurdish-led administration does not seek the disintegration of Syria and is committed to its unity.

NATO to boost counter-ISIS training mission in IraqFriday 19 February 2021

NATO to boost counter-ISIS training mission in Iraq

The defense ministers for NATO countries agreed to bolster the alliance’s training mission aimed at strengthening the Iraq’s military as it looks to curb the resurgence of the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

Inside Turkey’s raid on Iraqi cave where 13 captives were killed / Metin GurcanThursday 18 February 2021

Inside Turkey’s raid on Iraqi cave where 13 captives were killed / Metin Gurcan

The aftershocks of Turkey’s controversial raid on a PKK base inside Iraq are likely to pose the first test to the Biden administration in its complex relations with Turkey and Iraq.

Bloodshed at Gara and Erdogan government's success / Fehim TastekinThursday 18 February 2021

Bloodshed at Gara and Erdogan government's success / Fehim Tastekin

Turkey's Operation Eagle Claw, which intended to free the officers held captive by the PKK, ended in the death of 13 Turkish nationals and no evidence of geographic gains. However, the operation was still labeled “a success” by Erdogan's government. Unfortunately, there is no legal mechanism, no political pressure, and no media power that can hold the Turkish government accountable for its actions.