In a bid to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey to their homes, the Turkish government has been making considerable efforts to reconstruct and rehabilitate the destroyed Syrian areas that were liberated during Operation Euphrates Shield, a cross-border military operation launched by Turkey in partnership with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Aug. 24, 2016, against the Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria.
Turkey's airstrikes on Kurdish regions in Syria and Iraq recently raised many an eyebrow around the globe. They left world leaders wondering if there will be more strikes and, if so, how the escalation will unfold. This article is a sequel to Amberin Zaman’s piece on April 25 that reflected the viewpoints of the United States, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Baghdad. This will focus on the perspectives of Ankara and Moscow, Ankara's strategic calculations behind the attacks and Moscow’s position on the events.
Two experts of Kurdish issues believe the recent visit of a U.S. top official to Syrian Kurdish regions in the north of the country does not mean that Washington recognizes federalism in the Kurdish regions in a near future.
Kurds in Syria are divided over a recent agreement between the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), two political parties in Iraqi Kurdistan that reached an agreement on May 17.
President Tayyip Recep Erdogan’s visit to Washington DC last week to attend a nuclear summit received significant media attention – and for all the wrong reasons. First, there was the barrage of highly critical articles in top US newspapers focusing on the Turkish president’s conduct with regard to media freedoms and the Kurdish issue. Second, an interview with CNN’s Christian Amanpour turned into a back-and-forth over what constituted free speech. Third, a scuffle broke out between the president’s security team and demonstrators just outside the Brookings Institute and right before Erdogan was planned to speak. On top of it all, President Barack Obama, answering a question about the Brookings incident, said he was “troubled with” Turkey’s approach towards the free press, adding that it “could lead Turkey down a path that would be very troubling”.
The United States government continues to see the People’s Protection Forces (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as separate entities, the US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner said in response to comments of Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Turkey has summoned U.S. ambassador in order to protest Washington's latest statement that refused to call the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) a "terrorist" organization.
Syrian Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled on Sunday an attack by militants of the Islamic State (IS) near the town of Ain Issa in the northern province of Raqqa.
The Syrian Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) attacked strongholds of the Nusra Front, Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda, in Aleppo and the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa province, military sources reported on Saturday.
U.S. special forces and experts are setting up an airbase in northeast Syria as part of the battle against the Islamic State (IS), Syrian military and security sources said on Jan. 23.