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  • US steals Syrian oil: Bashar al-AssadUS steals Syrian oil: Bashar al-Assad

    Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, in an interview with Russian state TV, has accused the US of stealing Syrian oil and being a country with a political system based on a gang of criminals, according to Interfax. Meanwhile, about 120 US military vehicles left a base on Thursday in northeastern Syria near the Euphrates River and transferred their men and vehicles eastward, towards the border with Iraq and Turkey.

    11:58 AM
  • Nechirvan Barzani urges reform in Peshmerga MinistryNechirvan Barzani urges reform in Peshmerga Ministry

    The President of Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani called for organizing the work of the Ministry of Peshmerga and the establishment of a non-partisan organized force, Shafaq News reported.

    02:37 PM
  • Ilham Ahmed: Britain unwilling to offend AnkaraIlham Ahmed: Britain unwilling to offend Ankara

    The leader of the Syrian Kurd civilian government has accused Britain of being almost invisible in its condemnation of the Turkish invasion in Syria, saying the UK appeared unwilling to offend Ankara because it feared isolation after leaving the European Union.

    11:43 PM
  • Pentagon claims northern Syrian oil field revenue goes to SDFPentagon claims northern Syrian oil field revenue goes to SDF

    Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman has stated that the proceeds from the Syrian oil fields under its control would not go to the US, but to its Kurdish allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He added that despite the US withdrawal from the country's north, announced in October, Washington continues to work with the SDF, providing them with the "ability and support" to fight the IS.

    09:29 PM
  • Risking Turkey’s ire, Iraqi Kurds back Syrian brethren / Amberin ZamanRisking Turkey’s ire, Iraqi Kurds back Syrian brethren / Amberin Zaman

    An oft-cited reason for why the Kurds do not have their own state is the unremitting disunity among themselves.

    02:46 PM
  • US to set up 3 small bases in QamishloUS to set up 3 small bases in Qamishlo

    The US Army is planning to set up several more military bases in Syria’s Kurdish city of Qamishlo as it is looking for suitable locations, Kurdish-language media said.

    04:52 PM
  • Congress sounds alarm on weaponization of Syrian aid / Bryant HarrisCongress sounds alarm on weaponization of Syrian aid / Bryant Harris

    The future of humanitarian aid in Syria is uncertain amid concerns that Turkey and Russia could block it in the northeast amid multi-front violence pitting Ankara and its Arab rebel proxies against Syrian Kurdish fighters and the government of President Bashar al-Assad. 

    09:45 AM
  • Assad says Kurdish controlled region must return to state authorityAssad says Kurdish controlled region must return to state authority

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal but he expected it to happen gradually.

    06:23 PM
  • The Return of Turkism / Gokhan BacikThe Return of Turkism / Gokhan Bacik

    Just over a decade before the demise of the Ottoman Empire, intellectual Yusuf Akcura argued there were three alternative ideologies that might unite the fading multi-ethnic, multi-religious state: Ottomanism, Islamism and Turkism.

    12:10 PM
  • 100 Iraqis killed since Friday amid protests100 Iraqis killed since Friday amid protests

    At least 100 people have been killed in Iraq since Friday, as security forces have been trying to disperse protesters, said Iraq's Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) on Wednesday.

    11:57 AM
  • Allawi warns about absence of alternative to current Iraqi governmentAllawi warns about absence of alternative to current Iraqi government

    Leader of the Iraq's National Coalition (al-Wataniya) Ayad Allawi has said that there is fear about the potential resignation of the current government and the absence of an alternative to it, NRT reported.

    09:53 AM
  • Kurdish leader's rising profile with US, Russia angers Turkey / Pinar Tremblay

    When Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Oct. 9, Ankara’s main concern was about branding the operation a “war on terror.” The YPG is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and the United States, along with many Western powers. Turkey said that these terror organizations should be “cleansed” from the Turkish border and that the operation wasn’t targeting the Kurdish people. The other oft-repeated goal was to send some 2 million Syrian refugees to the proposed safe zone. 

    01:06 AM
  • At least 17 protestors die overnight in Iraq unrestAt least 17 protestors die overnight in Iraq unrest

    At least 14 people were killed and 865 wounded overnight after Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in the Shi’ite holy city of Karbala, medical and security sources told Reuters on Tuesday, October 29.

    09:42 PM
  • US seeking to control Syria oilfieldsUS seeking to control Syria oilfields

    The United States will repel any attempt to take Syria’s oil fields away from US-backed Syrian fighters with “overwhelming force,” whether the opponent is Islamic State or even forces backed by Russia or Syria, the Pentagon said on Monday, October 29.

    07:35 PM
  • SDF says cooperated with US on killing BaghdadiSDF says cooperated with US on killing Baghdadi

    The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday, October 27, they had worked with the United States on a “successful” operation against Islamic State, in an apparent reference to reports that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in a US military operation in Syria.

    11:04 PM
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