In the past ten days, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)– a radical group whose leaders are former Islamic State (ISIS) and al Qaeda members – has dispatched its fighters from Syria’s Idlib province into Afrin and moved into the north capturing towns and border crossings, mostly without a fight. The areas that the HTS captured were under control of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and their armed forces the Syrian National Army (SNA), a pro-Turkish Syrian rebel alliance. This event was the first major exchange of territory between warring factions in two years.
The North and East Syria Autonomous Administration forces known as Asayesh liberated an 18-year-old Yazidi girl from al-Hol Camp in Eastern Hasaka in Hasaka province, Syria.
- Nechirvan Barzani visits Baghdad once again in less than a week
- Iraqi PM to visit Teheran, says senior official
- KRG delegation visits Baghdad for talks on drafting budget law
- Thousands protest Turkish strikes on Kurdish groups in Syria
- SDF commander says US is against Turkey's invasion on Syria Kurdistan
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As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns of a possible new ground incursion into neighboring Syria, officials from the Kurdish-controlled region are pleading with the Biden administration to intervene.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is dealing inappropriately with the citizens at the border areas of Sulaimani, Halabja and Garmian provinces, Bafel Talabani stated in a meeting with the US ambassador to Iraq.
Turkey has launched a string of offensives in neighboring Syria since 2016 targeting Kurdish militias, Islamic State group jihadists and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
The names of some members of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) political school were published by the media of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
According to Turkish officials and some experts, the possibility of a massive military attack by Turkey against the Syrian Kurds has increased due to the accusation that the Syrian Kurdish forces were involved in the Istanbul explosion.
In his first interview with international media following Tuesday's drone strike on his main headquarters in northeast Syria, Mazlum Kobane (also known as Mazloum Abdi), the commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said that the most likely target of a potential Turkish ground offensive against the Kurdish-controlled areas would be his native city of Kobani.
Euphrates Region Executive Council condemns Turkey drone attack on Autonomous Administration building
The Joint Chairman of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration of the Euphrates Region condemned the drone attack of the Turkish army on the building of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration and considered these attacks to be aimed at destroying the autonomous administration and the democratic experience of northern and eastern Syria.
Prof Birgit Ammann believes it has to be made clear that there is also a lot of serious critique against both the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the People's Defense Units (YPG) and their political environment- within and outside the Kurdish communities and that that the ban of both groups is totally outdated in Germany. A professor from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, she also said it is virtually impossible and unnecessary to figure the number of the Kurds in the world because Kurds do not need a number to justify their claims.
The Kurdish National Council announced it would hold its fourth congress after several years of delay.
A member of the central committee of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (P.D.K.S), stated: Turkey did not receive a message for a ground attack from Russia and the United States, but it wants to make dissatisfaction among the people by destabilizing the situation in northern Syria.
Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani has once again in less than a week arrived in Baghdad to continue his meetings with the political leaders of Iraq, a statement Sunday said.
Thousands of Kurds protested on Sunday in the Syrian city of Qamishli against days of deadly Turkish cross-border strikes targeting Kurdish groups in the country's northeast.
Erdogan says military operations are "just beginning" against Syrian Kurdish groups, while teasing possibility of talks with Assad.
According to the Syrian Human Rights Watch, within 5 days of air operations, Turkey has targeted 65 positions in the area under the control of the Syrian Kurds, killing and injuring 125 people.
Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper announced in its new issue that the redeployment of the security forces of the Iraqi government on the borders of Iran and Turkey will prevent these two countries from attacking Iraq again, and this issue was welcomed by Iraqi Kurds and especially by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.