Kurdistan

Tensions continue to rise as Turkey has warned the Syrian government not to help Kurds fighting against Turkish forces in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey’s operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a “disaster” if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier said the army would […]

French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to “strike” Syria if proof emerges that its government is using chemical weapons against civilians. “We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are organised,” he told reporters. But Mr Macron said French intelligence had so far found no evidence that banned chemical weapons […]

The delegation of Kurdish MPs who are tasked with investigating the situation in Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan have arrived in the capital city of the Kurdish canton on Sunday evening. The MPs who come from five different Kurdish parties are on an official visit to Afrin which has come under intensive Turkish strikes and military […]

France’s Foreign Minister on Wednesday called on Iranian militias and the Lebanese Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria and accused Turkey, Iran, and the Syrian regime of violating international law in the war-torn country. Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was demanding the withdrawal of “all those who have no business in Syria,” and also accused “the […]

The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. U.N. officials in Syria called for fighting to stop to enable aid deliveries and the evacuation of […]

The United States has designated the political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as a terrorist and imposed sanctions on him. The state department said Ismail Haniya had “close links with Hamas’ military wing” and been a “proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians”. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, is already designated a […]

The Iraqi parliament on Monday voted to lift sanctions imposed on Kurdish banks in November by the Iraqi Central Bank following the Kurdistan Region’s referendum. Local sources also confirmed that the Iraqi government has decided to send the Kurdistan Region 250 billion Iraqi dinars (about $210 million) for the salaries of Kurdish state employees, notably […]

Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard at a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul this morning. The Marshal Fahim National Defense University came under attack early Monday morning, days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people. Meanwhile, the US Deputy Secretary […]

US President Donald Trump conveyed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan increasing concern about Turkey’s assault on Syrian Kurdistan as the two leaders spoke by telephone on Wednesday. The White House summary of the call explained that Trump had “urged Turkey to exercise caution [and] avoid any action that might risk conflict between Turkish and […]

 An estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria. The civilians have fled communities near the border since Turkey launched an offensive to drive a Kurdish militia out of the Afrin region on Saturday. Some are reported to have been prevented from crossing into territory controlled […]


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