Kurdish militia made a swap with ISIS to get back 7 US troops – sources

Kurdish militia made a swap with Islamic state terrorists to get back seven US soldiers captured in September, Turkish media has said. The Kurds had to withdraw from some oil wells under the swap terms. The American troops were detained during a confrontation between Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and Kurdish YPG/ PKK militias in […]

Turkish Air Force jets target Kurdish PKK gathering in Iraqi mountains

Turkish Air Force jets have struck a meeting of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members, including high-ranking officials, close to the Iraq-Iran border, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Kanal 7 television. “With the latest operations, we struck a very important meeting point of theirs. We haven’t received the results yet, but it is certain that they […]

Ankara warns France over offer of support for Kurdish militia in Syria

The French government’s promise to back Syrian forces led by a Kurdish militia amounts to support for and legitimization of terrorist groups, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Friday. French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday assured the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dominated by the Kurdish YPG, of his support to stabilize northeastern Syria […]

Deal reached for Syrian army to enter Afrin, claims Kurdish official

A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds fighting off an ongoing Turkish offensive on Afrin is reportedly on the cards again. An adviser to the Kurdish administration told Reuters Syrian troops might be at the border in two days. Several conflicting reports have been coming from Syria, suggesting either success or failure of alleged negotiations […]

Turkish army claims 100s of Kurdish ‘terrorists’ killed amid ‘Olive Branch’ op

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters were “neutralized” and numerous targets were destroyed amid the ongoing operation ‘Olive Branch’ in northern Syria, the Turkish military reports. Read more The Turkish Armed Forces “are resolutely continuing their struggle against the [Kurdish] terrorist organizations [in Syria] with the aim of ensuring the security of our country and people,” the military […]

Turkey vows to ‘eliminate any threat’ after US announces Kurdish border force in Syria

Ankara has slammed the plan to create a 30,000-strong force from the Kurdish-dominated SDF militias on its border with Syria, accusing its NATO ally of presenting its “unilateral” move as a joint decision of the US-led coalition. The Turkish government perceives the so-called Syrian Border Force, that may be stationed along the Kurdish-controlled parts of […]

‘Unacceptable’: Turkey slams US-led coalition’s new Syria ‘border force’ using Kurdish militias

The US-led coalition says it is helping to create a thousands-strong “Border Security Force” in Syria using Kurdish SDF militias. Washington’s support, branded “unacceptable” by Ankara, is further straining bilateral ties. Some 230 new recruits are already undergoing training in the “BSF’s inaugural class,” the Coalition’s Public Affairs Officer Colonel Thomas F. Veale told the […]

Macron comes to Kurdish leader’s rescue after epic translation fail at Elysee (VIDEO)

Published time: 3 Dec, 2017 14:45 French President Emmanuel Macron had to switch to English at his Paris press conference with Nechervan Idris Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The conference had been interrupted several times due to translation problems. The event was plagued by a series of translation glitches, with the French […]

PM Barzani tells France’s Macron he respects Iraq’s stance on Kurdish independence

Published time: 2 Dec, 2017 13:30 Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, who is visiting Paris, has reaffirmed to French President Emmanuel Macron that the autonomous region will respect Iraqi federal court ruling against the independence referendum that took place in September. The Kurds will engage in dialogue with Baghdad in order to mend relations and […]

US, Turkey agree to fight ‘all terrorists’ together, including Kurdish PKK & Gulen movement – Ankara

Published time: 24 Nov, 2017 21:45 Edited time: 24 Nov, 2017 21:51 Washington and Ankara have agreed to join forces not only to fight ISIS, but against “all terrorists organizations,” including the Kurdish PKK and the Fetullah Gulen’s movement, the Turkish presidency has said following Recep Erdogan’s phone conversation with Donald Trump. The two leaders […]