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The regional dimensions of Syrian conflict

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Russian-American dispute can be seen in Ukraine and other areas of competition such as in Syria. Iran’s project to control the Arab North up to Turkey’s border is going as planned, just like it’s been warned.Turkey’s worry that the crisis will spill over into its territories led it to shift its defensive policy to an offensive one by launching an operation in Syria’s Afrin. Israel has also become a major party in the war there.It’s normal for the region to ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Iraqi Kurds accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’ of ISIS members

Friday, 9 February 2018

Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members of ISIS. The watchdog said the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and foreigners at a school in Sahel al-Maliha, 70 kilometers northwest of Mosul, from which ISIS was expelled in July. “The evidence suggests that Asayish (Kurdish) security forces conducted mass executions of captured ISIS suspects night after night for a week, perhaps killing scores ...

One Turkish soldier killed, five wounded in attack in northwest Syria

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

One Turkish soldier was killed and five were wounded on Monday in a rocket and mortar attack by militants as the Turkish forces were setting up a military post in northwest Syria, Turkey’s armed forces said on Tuesday. The statement said the Turkish forces responded with retaliatory fire, without specifying who the militants behind the attack were. One civilian member of the Turkish contingent was also wounded, it said. The army began setting up the outpost on ...

Iraq to launch security operation against White Banners group, but who are they?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

In a continuation of security operations in the governorate of Kirkuk, a security meeting was held on Saturday headed by Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah, who said that they agreed with the Peshmerga military forces to launch a security operation between the defense lines of the Kurdish and Iraqi forces. He added that this will be done to prevent terrorist factions in the city, as well as to search for the White Banners group who have increased their ...

US to end weapons support for Syrian Kurdish YPG

Saturday, 27 January 2018

The United States has told Turkey it will not provide any more weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, the Turkish presidency said on Saturday, as Turkey’s offensive against the U.S.-backed YPG in Syria entered its eighth day.The Turkish incursion in northwest Syria’s Afrin region against the YPG has opened a new front in the multi-sided Syrian civil war, but has also further strained ties with NATO ally Washington.Washington has angered Ankara by providing arms, training and air ...

Erdogan vows to expand military operation from Afrin to Manbij

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confirmed that his country will continue to abort what he called “the conspiracies on its border with Syria” starting with the area of Manbij. Erdogan pointed out that the organization of the Kurdish units and protection units are two sides of the same coin, and that external parties control them, and exploit them as needed. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposed the ...

Turkey presses assault on Kurdish militia in Syria

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies pressed an assault on a border enclave held by Kurdish militia on Tuesday but the fighting was more narrowly focused, a monitor said.Turkish warplanes carried out new strikes on the northwest of the Afrin enclave and also hit the outskirts of the mainly Kurdish-held city of Qamishli far to the east, wounding two children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.“The fighting is fierce but the focus is much narrower than yesterday ...

UN Security Council refrains from condemning Turkey

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The UN Security Council discussed Turkey’s intensifying offensive against Kurdish militias and the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria on Monday but did not condemn or demand an end to the sensitive Turkish operation.Already scheduled to hear a report from UN aid chief Mark Lowcock on his recent visit to Syria, at France’s request the Security Council also touched on the latest Turkish offensive as well as the Syrian campaign in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta.Turkish President Recep ...

Syrian regime opens roads for Kurdish forces in Afrin, US ‘not paying attention’

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Following the Syrian regime condemning Turkish military operations and “Operation Olive Branch” in Afrin on Saturday, the Assad regime opened up roads for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in order to transport weapons and reinforcements, the Anadolu Agency reported. According to the news agency, the Syrian regime opened the PYD-PKK-held Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood, and allowed the two groups to use Nubl and Al-Zahra roads connecting the ...

New vote on Iraq poll date ‘by Monday’ as Abadi meets Kurdistan region PM

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Iraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed ...

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