Archiv: SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) / YPG


22.08.2020 - 05:15 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Turkey has cut water to 1 million people in Hasakah. Meanwhile the Kurdish SDF are helping US steal our oil, Gulf & Turkish-backed jihadists are running Idlib; UK, US, FR troops running around… All of these countries occupying Syria are like a fucking virus that won’t go away.

20.06.2020 - 16:21 [ Tagesschau.de de ]

Türkische Offensive im Irak: Warum Ankara gerade jetzt die PKK bekämpft

Kristian Brakel von der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Istanbul meint, dass andere Interessen nicht dahinterstecken müssten, aber könnten: etwa die innerkurdischen Friedensverhandlungen, die in Syrien gerade stattgefunden haben. „Zwischen dem PKK-Ableger PYD beziehungsweise YPG und dem eher Barzani-nahestehenden kurdischen Lager aus dem Nordirak, die erst Verhandlungserfolge verkündet haben. Da ist etwas, dass der Türkei sicherlich nicht Recht ist“.

07.03.2020 - 16:25 [ Yourmedia Agency / Twitter ]

Es mehren sich die Anzeichen, dass die Türkei versucht, militärisch in Nordaleppo (Tell Rifaat), al-Bab und Ain Issa Boden gut zu machen. Sozusagen bis es in Idlib wieder losgeht.

07.03.2020 - 12:41 [ wbfo.org ]

In Syria, The U.S. Fight To Protect Oil Fields

BOWMAN: Right. The U.S. and Europe actually want Bashar al-Assad removed. He killed hundreds of thousands of his own people in a civil war. And they don’t want Assad to gain more strength by having access to millions of dollars from the oil. And Russia is Syria’s main ally. The U.S. ally in this ongoing ISIS fight, the Kurds, are using proceeds from the oil to continue their operations. And to make this even more politically convoluted, the Kurds are selling the oil to the Syrian government.

27.02.2020 - 15:49 [ Heise.de ]

Dschihadisten unterbinden Wasserversorgung in Nordostsyrien

Schwere Vorwürfe gegen Verbündete der Türkei: Islamistische Milizen sollen eine wichtige Anlage für die Wasserversorgung in Ras al-Ain (kurdisch: Sere Kaniye) außer Betrieb gesetzt haben. Betroffen seien 460.000 Menschen, einschließlich der Bewohner von Flüchtlingslagern sowie die Lager von IS-Gefangenen, darunter das bekannteste: al-Hol mit knapp 70.000 Personen, berichtet al-Monitor.

26.02.2020 - 16:44 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die (Internationale) Große Kriegskoalition bleibt weiter ohne Opposition

(08.07.2019)

Wie gefährlich und für die Allermeisten unübersichtlich die Situation in diesem von allen Großmächten mit Ansage gezüchteten Hexenkessel in Syrien ist, mag man daran erkennen, dass die Staatsführungen von Russland, Iran und Syrien im August 2016 dem von der Türkei aus erfolgten Einmarsch der Internationalen Kriegskoalition in Syrien tatenlos zusahen und hofften, dass das nicht weiter auffiel.

Alle Kriegsparteien lügen um die Wette.

Ob nun die U.S.-Anforderung deutscher Truppen die Bundeswehr in Nord-Syrien bzw Idlib zur Schutztruppe oder zur Zielscheibe für Al Kaida und Konsorten macht, oder ob sie als „Ersatz“ für oder mit U.S.-Truppen gemeinsam Unterstützung für die vom U.S.-Zentralkommando geführten mehrheitlich kurdischen Milizen der „Syrian Democratic Forces“ leisten, ist aus Sicht der Protagonisten irrelevant. Ziel ist schlicht der Krieg um des Krieges willen.

Explizit Deutschland soll weiter im bereits seit achtzehn Jahren andauernden endlosen und ungewinnbaren Terrorkrieg gehalten werden. Für, wegen, gegen wen und wofür spielt dabei für die Kriegslobby – dazu zählen in Deutschland u.a. de facto alle Parteien, das Militär, sowie der geheimdienstliche und Medien-Komplex – keine Rolle.

26.02.2020 - 16:03 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

Turkey’s War in Syria Is a War for Fascism

(16.10.2019)

Turkey’s military invasion isn’t just about wiping out the Kurds in Syria — it’s a bid to bolster the far right in Turkey. We must oppose this unconscionable act.

20.02.2020 - 12:55 [ Leith Abou Phadel / Twitter ]

You really can’t make this up. The Turkish military and it rebel allies are striking the SDF and YPG in northern Syria, despite the fact they have lost nearly 2,000 square kilometers of territory to the Syrian army.

(17.02.2020)

13.11.2019 - 07:53 [ New York Times ]

US Troops at Syria Base Say They’ll Keep Pressure on IS

Speaking at a remote base in Syria where the Bradleys arrived last week, he said „our primary way that we do that“ is through working with the U.S. partners, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The deployment of the mechanized force comes after US troops pulled out from northeastern Syria, making way for a Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters that began last month. Only several miles away from the base, fighting between Turkish-allied fighters and the SDF was ongoing, …

13.11.2019 - 07:50 [ ORF.at ]

Syrien: USA halten an Bündnis mit Rebellen fest

Die USA halten an ihrer Allianz mit der von der Kurden-Miliz YPG angeführten Syrischen Demokratischen Streitkräfte (SDF) fest. „Es gibt keine Absicht, dass diese Zusammenarbeit beendet wird“, sagte ein hochrangiger Regierungsvertreter.

27.10.2019 - 17:35 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

Army deploys in four new villages in Ras al-Ayn area in Hasaka

SANA’s reporter in Hasaka said that army units advanced from the direction of Tal Tamr in the northern countryside of Hasaka towards the Turkish border, and deployed in the villages of Um Harmlah, Bab al-Kheir, Um Eshbeh, al-Asdiayah in the southeastern countryside of Ras al-Ayn, reducing the distance towards the Turkish border to few kilometers.

27.10.2019 - 17:29 [ Rudaw.net ]

SDF accepts Russia-brokered ceasefire, withdraws from Turkish border

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has accepted the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey last week and agreed to completely withdraw its Kurdish-led force from the Syria-Turkey border, the SDF said Sunday.

27.10.2019 - 14:14 [ Mazloum Abdî مظلوم عبدي, official account of SDF General / Twitter ]

For five months there has been joint intel cooperation on the ground and accurate monitoring, until we achieved a joint operation to kill Abu Bakir al-Bagdadi. Thanks to everybody who participate in this great mission. @realDonaldTrump #SDF #USArmy #Rojava

#Baghdadi

26.10.2019 - 12:34 [ Washington Post ]

Trump decided to leave troops in Syria after conversations about oil, officials say

The eastern oil fields in Deir al-Zour province, where most of Syria’s relatively small and low-quality reserves are located, were once the primary source of income for the militants, who sold the oil to the Syrian government, Turkey and, reportedly, even to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

24.10.2019 - 06:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Nordsyrien: Russland sichert Kurden Sicherheit zu

Russland hat kurdischen Zivilisten in nordsyrischen Grenzregionen Sicherheit garantiert. Das habe der russische Verteidigungsminister Sergei Schoigu dem kurdischen Militärkommandeur Maslum Abdi in einem Telefongespräch versprochen, teilte das Ministerium mit. Abdi zeigte sich demnach dankbar über die russische Hilfe.

23.10.2019 - 07:51 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Vereinbarung für Nordsyrien: Vorerst keine neue Militäroffensive

Laut US-Angaben haben sich sämtliche kurdische Kämpfer aus der geplanten Sicherheitszone in Nordsyrien zurückgezogen. Das türkische Verteidigungsministerium erklärte daraufhin, derzeit sei keine weitere Offensive nötig, droht aber weiter.

21.10.2019 - 06:31 [ ORF.at ]

Kurden verkünden vollständigen Rückzug aus Ras al-Ain

Ras al-Ain wurde zuletzt von türkischen Militäreinheiten und syrischen Hilfstruppen belagert. Der Abzug der SDF, die von den kurdischen Volksverteidigungseinheiten (YPG) dominiert werden, war Bestandteil der am Donnerstag zwischen den USA und der Türkei ausgehandelten Vereinbarung für eine fünftägige Waffenruhe in Nordsyrien

20.10.2019 - 18:09 [ ORF.at ]

YPG-Kämpfer beginnen Rückzug aus Nordsyrien

Kurdische Quellen und Aktivisten sagten heute laut dpa, dass sich die Kämpfer der kurdischen Volksverteidigungseinheiten (YPG) zurückziehen. Das türkische Verteidigungsministerium teilte ebenfalls mit, es verfolge den Abzug der YPG. Es gebe dabei „keinerlei Hindernisse“.

20.10.2019 - 11:59 [ Rudaw.net ]

Turkish ISIS fighter tells Rudaw: I want to go somewhere with ‘more freedom, like Europe’

(19.10.2019)

“I want to live in a place where I can live freely,” Qasim told Rudaw, surrounded by tens of fellow ISIS detainees in a windowless room. “I want to go to any country that has more freedom like the European countries, for example, Germany or Sweden.”

20.10.2019 - 11:07 [ http://nna-leb.gov.lb ]

Kurdish forces agree to withdraw from TurkeySyria border

A senior Syrian Kurdish official has said his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a US-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged town in northeast Syria.

19.10.2019 - 22:25 [ Coordination & Military Ops Center - SDF / Twitter ]

Gen. Mazloum Abdi to AFP: If #Turkey is not committed to the agreement, we’ll consider what happened a game between the #US and Turkey As Turkey prevented the withdrawal of our forces, and claims that our forces did not withdraw,we will consider it a conspiracy against us.

18.10.2019 - 21:17 [ New York Times ]

Kurds Reported to Be Pulling Out of Syria ‘Safe Zone’ as Fighting Eases

Gunfire and artillery could be heard in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, the scene of the heaviest fighting for the last few days, by journalists just across the border in Turkey Friday morning and afternoon. But the town stood silent by Friday evening.

18.10.2019 - 19:35 [ Lawk Ghafuri, Reporter/Analyst covering Iraq for @RudawEnglish / Twitter ]

This is the signed paper deal btw #SDF & #Damascus regarding the distribution of regime army in Northern #Syria: – SAA to be stationed in #Manbij frontline toward #Kobani & all the way to west Tal Abyad. – In Tal Tamir toward Ras al-Ain all the way to #Qamishlo & south of Derik.

(15.10.2019)

18.10.2019 - 19:27 [ Hurriyet ]

YPG pullout begins as safe zone deal improves: Erdoğan

“I have contacted the Defense Ministry. They have told me that the withdrawal has begun. Our security forces in the area will remain there,” he told reporters after Friday prayers on Oct. 18.

18.10.2019 - 14:07 [ Hurriyet ]

Clash in safe zone out of question, disinformation: Erdoğan

Clash in safe zone between Turkish forces and YPG/PKK terrorists is out of the question, and disinformation, Turkish president said on Oct. 18

18.10.2019 - 14:02 [ Mustafa Bali, The head of SDF Press Office in northern Syria / Twitter ]

Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital in Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ayn. Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night.

18.10.2019 - 13:48 [ TRT world ]

Who is Mazloum Kobani and why does he have Trump’s confidence?

US President Donald Trump’s letter to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan was widely derided for its stream of consciousness and the unusual tone that discards accepted diplomatic etiquette normally accepted from a national leader.

One thing in the letter stood out in particular.

18.10.2019 - 13:45 [ NBC News ]

Kurdish leader says Trump promised he would protect the Kurds

Gen. Mazloum Kobani, commander in chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, told NBC News in an interview that he recently spoke to Trump and was assured that „there would not be a massacre against the Kurds“ and that Trump would stop the invasion immediately.

18.10.2019 - 13:41 [ Hassan Ghazi ‏/ Twitter ]

The SDF commander, Mazloum Kobani, said he had agreed with the Americans that there would be a ceasefire in two areas about 100km apart, along the border where there was heavy fighting, Ras al-Ain, and Tal Abyad.

18.10.2019 - 06:36 [ Vice President Mike Pence / Twitter ]

Honored to lead this delegation on behalf of President @realDonaldTrump. Thank you @SecPompeo, NSA Robert O’Brien and Ambassador James Jeffrey for your dedication and hard work in Turkey.

18.10.2019 - 06:34 [ Rudaw ]

Turkey and US agree ceasefire with Syria Kurds

In an official statement posted on Facebook, the General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces said: “Based on the request and approval of the Syrian Democratic Forces, with United States mediation represented by Vice President Mr. Mike Pence, today, an agreement for an immediate ceasefire between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Turkish state along the front lines extending from Ras al-Ain/Sari Kani from the east to Tel Abyad city in the west was reached.”

17.10.2019 - 23:08 [ ORF ]

Syrien: USA und Türkei einigen sich auf Waffenruhe

Erdogan hatte noch kurz vor dem Besuch aus den USA betont, dass eine Waffenruhe nicht infrage komme, solange das Ziel einer „Sicherheitszone“ nicht erreicht sei.

17.10.2019 - 18:39 [ Serge ‏/ Twitter ]

Joint convoy of Syrian Army soldiers and YPG fighters riding into Kobani.

The town’s future is Syrian, not Turkish.

17.10.2019 - 17:21 [ Serge ‏/ Twitter ]

Video of SDF destroying a Turkish Leopard 2A4 tank (German-origin) with an anti-tank missile.

15.10.2019 - 12:22 [ Brett McGurk, Former Presidential Envoy. Served under Bush, Obama, Trump / Twitter ]

Indeed, US officials signed the SDF up to a “security mechanism” plan by which it removed all defensive barriers on the Syrian side of the border to forestall a Turkish incursion. EUCOM issued this just yesterday. Was Trump ever even briefed on this plan?

(06.10.2019)

15.10.2019 - 06:52 [ Ian56 ‏/ Twitter ]

Syrian Army to enter several SDF-held areas in north Syria to protect against Turkey’s invasion Latest: SDF units are to be disbanded & merged with Russian controlled forces. Talks on future limited autonomy for Kurds will be held with the Syrian gov

14.10.2019 - 06:22 [ Rudaw.net ]

Kurds strike deal with Damascus for gov’t force entry of north Syria towns: officials

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) announced the deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in a Sunday evening statement.

“This deployment occurred through coordination and agreement with the Self-Administration Authority for Northern and Eastern Syria and the Syrian Democratic Forces,” the statement said.

14.10.2019 - 06:19 [ Yahoo.com ]

Kurds announce deal with Damascus as Turkey pushes deep into Syria

Syria’s Kurds have announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara presses a deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry.

The announcement on Sunday came as the United States ordered the withdrawal of almost its entire ground force in Syria.

13.10.2019 - 10:50 [ AlMasdarNews.com ]

Developing: Massive Syrian Army force arrives at outskirts of Manbij amid reports of imminent takeover

According to a source in Aleppo, the Syrian Army deployed a large force from the provincial capital to the southern outskirts of Manbij as the government holds talks with the SDF about preventing the Turkish Army and their militant allies from taking control of the town.

13.10.2019 - 10:35 [ AJSB ‏/ Twitter ]

Yesterday there was apparently meeting between #USA & #Russia|n delegation in #Manbij, after it, #USA started to pack & exit City. Reporter Oleg is in Town. Expected Russian MPs to arrive today, later, #SAA forces will enter.

12.10.2019 - 09:09 [ CBSNews.com ]

Turkish blast lands close to U.S. outpost in Syria

The Turkish Defense Ministry said the artillery fire was not aimed at the Americans but at nearby Kurdish fighters.

„Earlier today, Turkish border outposts south of Suruç came under Dochka and mortar fire from the hills located approximately 1,000 meters southwest of a U.S. observation post. In self-defense, reciprocal fire was opened on the terrorist positions of the attack. Turkey did not open fire at the U.S. observation post in any way. All precautions were taken prior to opening fire in order to prevent any harm to the U.S. base,“ the ministry said.

08.10.2019 - 22:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Geplante Offensive: Syrien warnt die Türkei

Al-Makdad rief die Kurden zudem auf, an die Seite der Regierung in Damaskus zurückzukommen und sich nicht „selbst in die Hölle zu stürzen“, nachdem die Kurden von den USA im Stich gelassen worden seien.

Der Kommandant der von Kurden dominierten Syrischen Demokratischen Kräfte (SDF), Maslum Abdi, teilte mit, dass eine Partnerschaft mit Syriens Präsident Baschar al-Assad eine mögliche Option sei.

08.10.2019 - 22:37 [ George Galloway / RT.com ]

Between Washington’s rock & Ankara’s hard place, Kurds had better choose Damascus

The US should never have been there in the first place (though reading Hillary Clinton’s late-night response to Trump it is clearer than ever that the world dodged more than a bullet when she failed to win the presidency).

The Kurdish people should have never placed their fate in the hands of a far off and thoroughly unreliable US “ally” which has picked them up only to put them back on the shelf so many times before. Syrian Kurds belong to Syria and it is with their Syrian neighbours and government that the SDF should have been in alliance.

08.10.2019 - 22:28 [ PressTV.com ]

Syrian Kurds hint at possible talks with Damascus amid US troops withdrawal

“At that time we may hold talks with Damascus or the Russian side to fill the void or block the Turkish attack, so this may develop and there could be meetings and contacts in case of a vacuum,” he added.

A senior Syrian government official, in return, said Damascus is ready to welcome Syria’s Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Turkish military threats alone.

08.10.2019 - 16:02 [ Sputnik ]

Kurds in Syria Ready to Negotiate With Damascus as Turkish Operation Looming – Official

„In order for the AANES to continue to safeguard the people’s rights and play a role in all Syria, an agreement with Damascus is necessary. This is why we have repeatedly tried, either directly or through Russia, to hold dialogue with Damascus and reach a political agreement to end the Syrian crisis and confront the agendas seeking the division of the Syrian territory“, Badran Jiakurd, an adviser to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, said.

07.10.2019 - 14:13 [ Hurriyet ]

Is Turkey’s third Syria incursion looming?

Furthermore, Turkish authorities do often question the motives of the continued military support of the U.S. to the YPG although the war against ISIL has already been won. Many in Ankara recall the establishment of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq in the 1990s and express concerns that this trend in Syria may lead to the disintegration of its southern neighbor.

07.10.2019 - 14:02 [ ORF.at ]

Schlag für Kurden: USA lassen Türkei in Nordsyrien freie Hand

Befürchtet wird unter anderem, dass die YPG-Miliz wegen Gefechten mit türkischen Truppen ihre Anti-Terror-Aufgaben vernachlässigen müsse, beispielsweise die Sicherung von inhaftierten IS-Kämpfern. Auch wird laut „New York Times“ befürchtet, dass sich die Kurden im Kampf gegen die Türkei mit der syrischen Regierung unter Machthaber Baschar al-Assad verbünden könnten.

06.10.2019 - 12:01 [ RT.com ]

Turkish troops & armored vehicles amass at Syrian border after Erdogan announces IMMINENT incursion (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Military convoys were captured in dozens of photos and videos, confirming the Turkish leader’s claim that preparations have been finalized to establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ on Syrian soil along the Turkish border and that the operation could be launched “as soon as today or tomorrow.”

Additional armored vehicles and troops were sent to the border town of Akcakale, across from Tal Abyad in Syria, state television TRT confirms.

06.10.2019 - 11:20 [ Rudaw.net ]

Unilateral military operation by Ankara into northeast Syria would be of ‘grave concern’: Pentagon spox

„Any uncoordinated military operation by Turkey would be of grave concern as it would undermine our shared interest of a secure northeast Syria and the enduring defeat of ISIS [Islamic State],“ Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, told Rudaw via email on Saturday.

06.10.2019 - 11:02 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkey ready for operation east of Euphrates in Syria

Addressing the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) 29th Consultation and Assessment meeting in Kızılcahaman, a retreat town of capital Ankara, Erdoğan said Turkey aims to establish peace east of the Euphrates River by purging the Syrian region from terrorists.

08.08.2019 - 06:04 [ Tagesschau.de ]

USA und Türkei: „Sicherheitszone“ in Syrien rückt näher

Zuvor hatte der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan eine erneute Militäroffensive in der Region angedroht, sollte es keine Fortschritte geben. US-Präsident Donald Trump hatte die Pufferzone vorgeschlagen, um die Türkei von einer erneuten Offensive gegen die Kurdenmiliz YPG abzuhalten.

Die Einigung ist vage gehalten und wurde in einem Dokument vom Verteidigungsministerium in Ankara und von der US-Botschaft veröffentlicht

08.08.2019 - 06:00 [ theHill.com ]

Turkey to work with US on coordination of Syrian safe zone

The development comes after months of deadlocked negotiations between Ankara and Washington over the size and command of the zone, according to Reuters. No further details on the safe zone were provided, but the State Department said in a statement it would become a “peace corridor.”

05.08.2019 - 17:46 [ Haaretz ]

Syria’s Idlib: The Hot Potato the U.S., Russia and Turkey Are Fighting Over

In fact, Turkey is threatening to launch a broad campaign to take over Syrian territory in the area between eastern Syria and the Euphrates River to “cleanse” it from Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers a threat to its national security.

This is precisely what the United States, which sees itself as the protector of the Kurdish allies who fought alongside it against ISIS, is afraid of.

02.08.2019 - 15:27 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump threatens to release thousands of Isis fighters ‘to Europe’

“We have thousands of Isis fighters that we want Europe to take and let’s see if they take them. And if they don’t take them, we’ll probably have to release them to Europe,” Mr Trump said on the White House lawn on Thursday.

The SDF is thought to be holding around 13,000 foreigners suspected of Isis links — not including Iraqi or Syrian fighters. That number is made up of 2,000 men and 11,000 women and children, most of whom were detained when the terror group’s caliphate fell earlier this year.

18.07.2019 - 17:15 [ Heise.de ]

Bundeswehr soll Kurden in Nordsyrien unterstützen

(08.07.2019)

Die USA planen schon seit längerem, ihr Truppenkontingent von 2.000 auf 400 Soldaten zu reduzieren und bemühen sich bei den 80 Ländern der IS-Koalition um Unterstützung. Deutschland beteiligt sich bislang mit Tornado-Aufklärungsflugzeugen, einem Tankflugzeug und Ausbildern im Irak. Außenminister Heiko Maas (SPD) erklärte bei einem Besuch im Irak Anfang Juni, angesichts der im Untergrund agierenden IS-Schläferzellen sei eine Verlängerung des Bundeswehrmandates über den 31. Oktober hinaus vorstellbar.

09.07.2019 - 01:01 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Deutschland im Syrien-Krieg

Der Einsatz erfolgt ohne jegliche Grundlage im internationalen Recht. Eine solche Grundlage könnte lediglich ein Mandat des UN-Sicherheitsrats oder eine Bitte der syrischen Regierung um Unterstützung schaffen. Beides liegt nicht vor. Das Gleiche träfe auf die Entsendung deutscher Bodentruppen zu, die ebenso völkerrechtswidrig wäre und faktisch einer illegalen Besatzung gleichkäme.

08.07.2019 - 20:03 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die (Internationale) Große Kriegskoalition bleibt weiter ohne Opposition

Der Bundestag steht vor der Mandatsverlängerung der Bundeswehr in der Internationalen Kriegskoalition gegen den „Islamischen Staat“, die im Irak und in Syrien Krieg führt. Als deren eigentliches, nächstes, langfristiges und strategisches Angriffsziel erscheint der islamische Staat Iran.

Eine Opposition gegen die offenkundige Vorbereitung einer absehbaren Eskalation, eines weiteren verfassungswidrigen Angriffskrieges, findet in Deutschland weiterhin nicht statt – schon gar nicht im Parlament.

23.01.2019 - 12:03 [ Southfront.org ]

Syrien – Kriegsbericht vom 21. Januar 2019: Politische Führung der Kurden stellt 10 Forderungen an Damaskus

Wenn diese Forderungen die offizielle Haltung des syrischen Führung bei den kürzlichen Gesprächsrunden mit Damaskus über die Situation in Nord-Syrien darstellen, wird deutlich, warum hier bisher keine wesentlichen Fortschritte erzielt worden sind.

15.01.2019 - 08:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

From Trump tweets to Pentagon leaks, infighting leaves US Middle East policy in tatters

At the same, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times all carried major damaging stories targeting White House Middle East policy, all sourced to unnamed American diplomats and defence officials, targeting Mr Trump’s handpicked adviser Mr Bolton for pushing the country towards the brink of war with Iran and trying to maintain the US military presence in Syria as a bulwark against Iranian influence.

02.01.2019 - 17:50 [ CDU/CSU ‏/ Twitter ]

Was passiert nach dem angekündigten Abzug der US-Truppen aus #Syrien? @RKiesewetter plädiert im Interview mit @DLFNachrichten für die Errichtung einer Pufferzone unter @UN-Mandat. #Europa müsse im UN-Sicherheitsrat mit einer lauteren Stimme sprechen.

30.12.2018 - 20:13 [ Daily Sabah ]

Erdoğan und Merkel besprechen Syrien und Anti-Terror-Kampf

Laut Quellen aus der Präsidentschaft haben die beiden Staatschefs über irreguläre Migration nach Europa sowie die bilateralen Beziehungen der Länder besprochen.

Erdoğan und Merkel seien sich einig gewesen, einen engen Kontakt zu pflegen, um den Prozess in Syrien hinsichtlich des im Oktober stattgefundenen Syrien-Gipfels in Istanbul und des US-Abzugs aus der Region zu beobachten.

30.12.2018 - 19:56 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Syrien nach dem US-Abzug: Moskau und Ankara wollen kooperieren

Man habe sich auf Schritte geeinigt, um alle Regionen Syriens von terroristischen Gruppen zu befreien, betonte Cavusoglu, ohne Details zu nennen. An dem Treffen nahmen auch die Verteidigungsminister beider Länder teil.

28.12.2018 - 13:26 [ Hurriyet ]

Syria military takes control of key town as Erdoğan warns of ‚psychological action‘

Syria’s military announced Dec. 28 it has taken control of the flash-point northern town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened an offensive.

The announcement was quickly welcomed by the Kremlin, whose spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it a „positive step“ that could help stabilize the situation.

Turkey, on the other hand, questioned Syria’s motive with the announcement.

28.12.2018 - 13:21 [ People’s Defense Units (YPG) ]

Our forces focus on the fight against ISIS

In conjunction with this, we invite the Syrian government forces which are obliged to protect the same country, nation and borders, to assert control over the areas our forces have withdrawn from, in particularly Manbij, and to protect these areas against a Turkish invasion.

28.12.2018 - 13:18 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Konflikt in Nordsyrien: Assad unterstützt Kurden gegen die Türkei

Vor einer drohenden Offensive der Türkei im Norden Syriens hat die syrische Armee Truppen in die bisher von Kurden beherrschte Stadt Manbidsch verlegt. Zuvor hatten die Kurden Machthaber Assad um Hilfe gebeten.

28.12.2018 - 13:16 [ Spiegel.de ]

Geplanter US-Truppenabzug Syrische: Kurden bitten Assad um Hilfe gegen die Türkei

Die kurdischen Volksverteidigungseinheiten (YPG) in Syrien haben die Regierung von Staatschef Baschar al-Assad um Beistand bei der erwarteten türkischen Militäroffensive gebeten. Die YPG rief die Regierung in Damaskus auf, Truppen in die von ihnen kontrollierten Gebiete im Norden Syriens zu verlegen.

23.12.2018 - 21:07 [ kurdistan24.net ]

Monitor: Kurdish-led SDF forces arrive in Moscow to discuss future of east Euphrates

A delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has arrived in Moscow to discuss a possible plan to stop a Turkish attack as well as the future of the east of the Euphrates, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Sunday.

19.12.2018 - 20:38 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.

19.12.2018 - 20:37 [ Antiwar.com ]

Trump Shocker: ‘We’re Leaving Syria!’ Does He Mean It?

After a leak in the Wall Street Journal suggested a major reversal in US policy in Syria, President Trump confirmed in a Tweet this morning that the US was withdrawing from Syria. Starting immediately. Will the president follow through? What will the neocons do? Is there another false-flag danger? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

19.12.2018 - 20:36 [ Nick Paton Walsh / CNN ]

Trump is leaving the fight against ISIS (and influence in the Middle East) to Russia and Iran

Over 2,000 American special forces in the north of Syria, fighting the fight against ISIS, but also providing a significant bang for their buck.
But to widespread surprise, US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the US intends to rapidly withdraw from Syria.

19.12.2018 - 20:00 [ NZZ,ch ]

Trump ordnet US-Rückzug aus Syrien an

Nach einem Rückzug der amerikanischen Truppen könnte der Weg frei werden für eine neuen Militäroffensive der Türkei. Die Regierung in Ankara droht schon seit langem mit einer weiteren Operation gegen die YPG. Erst in der vergangenen Woche kündigte der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan eine Offensive an.

27.11.2018 - 01:55 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Training 30,000 Syrian Kurdish Fighters to ‘Contain Iran’

Following Defense Secretary James Mattis’ announcement that the US is building observation posts on the Syria-Turkey border, officials are also starting a training program for the Kurdish YPG’s Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

03.11.2018 - 11:20 [ Moon of Alabama ‏/ Twitter ]

1. SDF retreats from a minor ISIS attack opening its path towards the Iraqi border. 2. SDF suspends anti-ISIS operation. Sounds like a plan to give ISIS new momentum to act in Iraq where it can help the U.S. to gain leverage over its new government. cc @ejmalrai

03.11.2018 - 11:18 [ Southfront.org ]

Turkish Newspaper: ISIS In Syria Receives Weapons Directly From US-led Coalition

A commander in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) confirmed to Yeni Safak that the U.S. had handed over weapons to ISIS in the town of al-Mansurah, west of the city of Raqqa, and in the area of al-Tanaf, near the border with Iraq.

According to the commander, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the US-led coalition formed a group of Kurds and Arabs to facilitate the delivery of weapons to ISIS terrorists. The PPK and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) played a key role in the process.

13.10.2018 - 19:50 [ Southfront.org ]

ISIS Kills And Captures Scores Of SDF Fighters During Large Hit And Run Attack In Southeastern Deir Ezzor

In details, ISIS fighters took advantage of the bad weather conditions and attacked several positions of US-backed forces around the towns of al-Kashmah and al-Bahrah. After overrunning theses positions, the terrorists stormed the Hajin refugee camp and several military positions around it.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that ISIS abducted over 130 families from the Hajin camp during the attack. The SDF, which is responsible for the camp, is yet to confirm or deny this.

13.10.2018 - 19:48 [ ORF.at ]

IS-Kämpfer entführen mehr als hundert Familien in Syrien

Aus Kreisen des oppositionellen „Rats von Dair-as-Saur“ hieß es, dass hunderte Menschen entführt worden seien, darunter auch 23 Kämpfer der von den Kurden geführten Syrischen Demokratischen Kräfte (SDF).

13.10.2018 - 19:42 [ Southfront.org ]

US Sends More Diplomats to Coalition-Controlled Areas of Syria: What’s Behind the Move?

Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on Oct. 2 that the number of US diplomats in Syria had doubled. No specific number was mentioned, but the move was motivated by the need to intensify the diplomatic effort, with “the military operations becoming less.” Under the label of “Syria,” the secretary was referring to more than a quarter of the country, with an estimated population of 1.5 million to two million people. This territory is controlled by the US-supported and Kurdish-dominated SDF and its political wing, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC).

17.08.2018 - 15:21 [ Elijah J. Magnier ‏/ Twitter ]

#SDF #Kurd Aldar Khalil: „The #USA can give up on us (Kurds) any minute. Therefore we need to find other alternatives and stop depending on the Americans“. In a press conference in #Qamishli,he said:“Kurds are ready to fight side by side with the Syrian Army against terrorists“.

15.08.2018 - 17:33 [ Mint Press ]

Alliance Between Syria and YPG Deepens Ahead of Idlib Offensive, Provoking an Unpredictable Turkey

With military forces from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russia gathering around Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, the last major military offensive of Syria’s seven-year-long war may only be weeks away. As the noose tightens around Idlib, the last hold-out for majority of terrorist fighters still active in Syria, the Syrian army seems to have secured the help of a new military ally: the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Turkish media reported on Sunday that 1,300 YPG fighters have been transferred to Aleppo over the course of the past two weeks to take part in the upcoming Syrian military offensive against the rebel-controlled Idlib province.

11.08.2018 - 08:55 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Syria’s Kurds cautiously progress in talks with Damascus

(6.8.2018) The Kurdish delegation, however, did not offer much information, simply saying that committees will be set up to prepare for a transition to the phase of negotiations.

This Kurdish-regime dialogue, which was held July 26-27, offered optimism that war may not be the only option, yet there are many obstacles left to overcome. For one thing, the 50,000-strong SDF and the proposed model of democratic autonomy, with its abundant local institutions, are not easy for a centralized system like Damascus to accept.

11.08.2018 - 08:53 [ ]

Syrian Kurds say they will ‚chart roadmap to decentralized Syria‘ with Damascus

(28.7.2018) A Syrian Kurdish group said on Saturday it had decided with the government to “chart a roadmap to a democratic and decentralized Syria”, but there was no immediate confirmation from Damascus.

03.08.2018 - 16:48 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Das schmutzige Geheimnis von Rakka

(15.11.2017) Die BBC hat Details eines Geheimabkommens aufgedeckt, das Hunderte von IS-Kämpfern und ihren Familien unter den Augen der von den USA und Großbritannien angeführten Koalition und kurdisch geführter Streitkräfte aus der hart umkämpften syrischen Stadt Rakka entkommen ließ. Zu einem Konvoi gehörten einige der berüchtigtsten Mitglieder des IS und – entgegen allen Versicherungen — Dutzende von ausländischen Kämpfern. Einige von ihnen haben sich in ganz Syrien verteilt, sogar bis in die Türkei. Unser Leser Michael Müller hat den äußerst interessanten Artikel der BBC für Sie ins Deutsche übertragen.

03.08.2018 - 16:43 [ foreignpolicy.com ]

U.S.-led Coalition Set to Launch Final Fight Against ISIS in Syria

“Because it is one of the last areas that they hold … we think the fight to dislodge them from that area is going to be difficult,” he said.

Gedney said the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arab fighters, had enabled some civilian convoys to leave Hajin.

27.05.2018 - 14:31 [ New York Times ]

How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria

In the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. The others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the United States, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. None of the Americans at the small outpost in eastern Syria — about 40 by the end of the firefight — were harmed.

27.05.2018 - 14:25 [ Basler Zeitung ]

Kämpfe zwischen US-Soldaten und russischen Söldnern

Bevor die Schlacht begann, hatten Amerikaner und Russen Kontakt gehabt (über eine permanente Verbindung mit dem russischen Hauptquartier in Syrien). Weil die Russen erklärten, dass in der fraglichen Region keine eigenen Soldaten im Einsatz seien, entschieden die Amerikaner, den anrückenden Gegner zu vernichten. «Und so war es dann», sagte US-Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis kürzlich bei einer Senatsanhörung.

30.03.2018 - 16:49 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkey lashes out at France over support for YPG in Syria

“Those who host at the highest level the members of a terrorist organization, which has been freely carrying out its activities in their countries, should be aware that this is nothing but an expression of hostility against Turkey,” Erdoğan said on March 30, condemning French President Emmanuel Macron’s reception of members of Syrian Kurdish groups at the Elysée Palace.

30.03.2018 - 16:39 [ Kurdistan24.net ]

French Special Forces to be deployed in Manbij very quickly: Macron to Syrian Kurdistan delegation

According to the report, Macron met with a Rojava delegation, including members of the YPG, at the Élysée. The delegation had arrived in Paris two days ago.

Accompanied by his special chief of staff, Admiral Roger, Macron announced that he would send French Special Forces to Manbij in coordination with the US, another report by Le Parisien said.

30.03.2018 - 16:31 [ Reuters ]

France’s Macron vows support for northern Syrians, Kurdish militia

France’s president on Thursday assured the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of Paris’ support to stabilise northeastern Syria against Islamic State, and Kurdish officials said he had committed to sending troops to the region.