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Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after 'caliphate' falls

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) An AFP reporter says he saw dozens of people – mostly men – file out of the battered jihadist encampment in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk in the village of Baghouz in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border on March 24, 2019, a day after the Islamic State (IS) group's "caliphate" was declared defeated by the US-backed Kurdish-led SDF.  Delil souleiman / AFP

LOOK: The day the ISIS 'caliphate' fell

Mar 23, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces raise their yellow flag in Baghouz and pronounce the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old 'caliphate'

An image grab released by the Kurdish Ronahi TV on March 23, 2019 shows the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raising their flag atop a building in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz after defeating the jihadist group. - Kurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old "caliphate" on March 23, 2019 after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria. (Photo by Handout / RONAHI TV / AFP) / XGTY / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / RONAHI TV" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Syria's Kurds criticize Damascus 'threats'

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub says his government will recapture all areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces 'in one of two ways: a reconciliation agreement or...by force'

ON KURDS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 18, 2019 shows Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyoub speaking during a press conference with Iraq and Iran's Chiefs of Staff in the Syrian capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels – minister

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu does not specify which PKK bases the planned operation will target but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously said it will be against militant hideouts in Iraq

JOINT RAID. A handout photo taken and released on February 9, 2019 by the Turkish presidential press service shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) listening to Interior Minsiter Suleyman Soylu (C) visiting the area of a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul, on February 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Syria's Kurds set free nearly 300 ISIS-linked Syrians

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not the first release of ISIS-linked prisoners by Kurdish authorities, but the number was particularly large this time

LAST REDOUBT. A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter uses a binocular to inspect the embattled village of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 19, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Iraq received 14 French ISIS fighters from Syria Kurds – gov’t source

Feb 25, 2019 - 8:32 PM

(UPDATED) Iraq's President Barham Saleh says Iraqi courts will prosecute the French citizens

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

Kurd-led forces overrun last ISIS-held village in Syria – monitor

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Search operations are continuing in Baghouz to find any IS fighters who are still hiding,' says Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Suicide attack on Kurdish-U.S. convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The assault, claimed by ISIS jihadists, comes less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria, and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country

ANOTHER ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on January 21, 2019, shows the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, which killed 5 members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP PHOTO / HO / ANHA

Syria Kurds reject 'security zone' under Turkish control

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Instead, the Kurds say they will accept the deployment of UN forces along the separation line between Kurdish fighters and Turkish troops

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participating in a training manuever, gather near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo's province, a few kilometres from areas controlled by a Kurdish-led coalition, on January 16, 2019. Turkey has threatened to launch a vast cross-border offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls most of northeastern Syria. Syria's Kurds today rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.  Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Turkey reacts angrily to suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops is conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, seen by the Turkish government as terrorists

TRUMP WARNS TURKEY. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House for Paris in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. seeking to ensure 'Turks don't slaughter the Kurds' in Syria

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:36 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo references the growing fears for US-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as he defends President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw from the war-battered country

ON SYRIA. In this file photo, Mike Pompeo delivers his remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Kurds eye decentralized Syria in talks with government

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance says it it has agreed with the government to form joint committees and forge a 'roadmap leading to a democratic and decentralized Syria'

RUBBLE. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Syria army cuts off main town in Ghouta rebel enclave

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Meanwhile, Ankara-backed rebels advance against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkey warrant

Feb 25, 2018 - 7:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), is arrested late on Saturday in the Czech capital

ARRESTED. Former democratic Union Party (PYD) co-president Saleh Muslim in a press conference, on February 9, 2015 in Paris. Photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges U.S. pullback

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin

Turkey expects Trump to 'keep promise' not to arm Syria Kurds

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:16 PM

Washington views the Kurdish YPG militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against ISIS, but Ankara sees them as 'terrorists' linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party

VERSUS ISIS. Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Iraq forces advance into 'last den' of ISIS

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

(UPDATED) The start of the keenly awaited offensive that the US-led coalition fighting ISIS has dubbed 'the last big fight' of the campaign comes even as Iraqi troops launch a new operation against the Kurds

DEFENSE. Iraqi forces stand guard at the Mosul Dam in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on October 24, 2017. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

The 15-member council says the planned referendum could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group

Iraqi Kurds gather in the street flying Kurdish flags as they urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Syria Kurds preparing first vote in 'federal region' – official

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Three rounds of elections will be held starting in September officials say

Trump, Erdogan vow friendship despite anger at US arming Kurds

May 17, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Both leaders try to put a brave face on their differences and to renew a key alliance between NATO s leading power and its biggest Muslim member partners in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq

FRIENDSHIP. US President Donald Trump (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver their joint statements after a bilateral meeting at the White House on May 16, 2017. Screengrab from White House video

Turkey angered by U.S. move to arm Syrian Kurds

May 10, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The issue risks further stoking tensions between Ankara and Washington less than a week before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad, an enormous reservoir created by the Tabqa dam, on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Who's who in the Syria conflict

Jan 21, 2017 - 2:30 PM

A breakdown of the forces involved in the complex civil war

SYRIA. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 9, 2016 shows Syrian Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Fahd Jasem al-Freij, gesturing next to other officers during a visit to the city of Aleppo. Photo by Louai Beshara/SANA/AFP

ISIS frees hundreds of 'human shields' in Syria

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED The retreat of ISIS from the city of Manbij marks the jihadists worst defeat yet at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Kurds must be able to give views on Syria's future – UN envoy

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Staffan de Mistura says that he has a mandate to find to find formulas that are as inclusive as possible

NEXT SYRIA ENVOY. In this file photo, Staffan de Mistura, then a Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for Afghanistan, talks with journalists during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 November 2011. S. Sabawoon/EPA

Turkey: Russian bombings in Syria 'barbaric'

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the bombings have killed innocent civilians

A picture shows the rubble of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) near Maaret al-Numan, in Syria's northern province of Idlib, on February 15, 2016, after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes.  MSF confirmed in a statement that a hospital supported by the aid group in Idlib province was "destroyed in air strikes". / AFP / STRINGER

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria's Aleppo – monitor

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:27 AM

Turkish shelling strikes areas of Aleppo including Minnigh recently taken by the Kurdish People s Protection Units YPG militia from Islamist rebels

Dutch journalist detained in Turkey while reporting on Kurds

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:16 PM

A Turkish official tells Agence France Presse the reporter was detained for a breach of security for entering a zone where permission was needed

INTERVIEW. Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink speaks to media after the her trial in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on April 8, 2015. Photo by EPA/STR

Suicide bomber kills 10 Kurdish forces in northeast Syria – monitor

Aug 19, 2015 - 4:28 PM

A suicide bomber in a vehicle targeted the Asayish s local headquarters in Qamishli There are at least 10 dead

Erdogan vows Turkey will fight PKK 'to last terrorist'

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:58 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows that Turkey will press on with its relentless campaign against Kurdish militants until not one terrorist is left

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Attacks on police station, US consulate shake Istanbul

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:57 PM

The attacks come amid rising tensions on Turkey s streets as the government presses on with a campaign against militants of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party PKK in Turkey and northern Iraq

Turkish firefighters on the scene after an explosion in Istanbul, Turkey, August 10, 2015. Stringer/EPA

ISIS launches assault on key northeast Syria city

May 30, 2015 - 10:56 PM

Syria s official news agency SANA reports loyalist forces had foiled a terrorist attack by ISIS on military points near Hasakeh

45 dead in attacks on Syria Kurds celebrating new year

Mar 21, 2015 - 9:57 PM

The attacks occur in what was one of IS s bloodiest days in Syria as the Sunni Muslim extremist group left dead more than 120 people across the war ravaged country

Christians flee ISIS jihadists after Syria kidnappings

Feb 25, 2015 - 9:18 PM

UPDATED The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State ISIS group in Syria prompts hundreds of terrified families to flee their homes

Iraqi Kurds say Mount Sinjar siege broken

Dec 19, 2014 - 11:25 AM

This operation represents the single biggest military offensive against IS and the most successful a statement from Barzani s office notes

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:45 PM

US led air strikes in Syria are reported to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month as Kurdish fighters prepared to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane

IN FLAMES. Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

Multiple tales of loss on Turkey-Syria border

Oct 19, 2014 - 6:56 PM

For the families taking refuge at the Turkish village of Karaca the place spells the difference between peace and war

UN: World must save Syria border town from ISIS

Oct 08, 2014 - 3:53 AM

They have been defending themselves with great courage But they are now very close to not being able to do so the UN says of the Kurdish fighters in Kobane

Kurds watch helplessly from Turkey the battle for 'heart of Kurdistan'

Oct 05, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Ethnic Kurds watching the battle feel powerless in what they see as nothing less than a battle for the future of their own people

More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey

Sep 22, 2014 - 3:42 PM

UPDATED Turkey s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulumus says the number of refugees from Syria is like to rise past the current figure of 130 000

REFUGEES. Syrian refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 21 September 2014. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

45,000 Syrian Kurds enter Turkey: deputy PM

Sep 20, 2014 - 7:29 PM

Syrian Kurds have been massing since Thursday on the other side of the border as the IS extremists seized dozens of villages in a lightning offensive

CROSSING TO SAFETY: Syrian Kurds carry their belongings after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing IS

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:51 PM

Syrian Kurd refugees mostly women and children are crossing to the Turkish side of the border in the southeastern village of Dikmetas under tight security

Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists

Sep 16, 2014 - 11:36 PM

The peshmerga the main security forces of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq are receiving arms and ammunition from countries including US and France

Britain arming Iraqi Kurds with machine guns to fight ISIS

Sep 09, 2014 - 11:39 PM

The provision of arms is in response to a request made by the Iraqi government

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Kurds unite to oust Iraq jihadists, rescue stranded civilians

Aug 06, 2014 - 8:31 PM

The fate of the civilians from the Yazidi minority who fled to the Sinjar mountains after an attack by the Islamic State IS group at the weekend has sparked international concern

'HELP US' Yazidis displaced by fighting hold placards reading in Arabic 'The international community must help us during our ordeal' at a protest in front of the gates of the UN office in Arbil, northern Iraq, 04 August 2014. Mohammed Jalil/EPA

Kerry to push Kurds on Iraqi unity

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED The US Secretary of State s unannounced trip to Arbil comes a day after he pledged intense American support to Iraq to repel the insurgent offensive

SURPRISE TRIP. US Secretary of State John Kerry looks on during a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (not pictured) in Baghdad, Iraq, 23 June 2014. Thaier al-Sudani/Pool/EPA

Turkey submits Kurdish reforms to parliament

Dec 06, 2013 - 10:58 PM

Reforms submitted to the Turkish parliament meant to boost rights of the Kurdish minority were criticized as inadequate

First test for Syria rebel government: provide services

Nov 13, 2013 - 6:08 PM

But the fractious internal politics of the Coalition along with the strength of Al Qaeda affiliated jihadists on the ground and advances by regime troops all pose key challenges for the new government

Iraq's Kurds vote amid rows, regional tensions

Sep 21, 2013 - 4:15 PM

The election for the region s parliament comes as the turmoil roiling the Middle East has raised renewed questions about the political future of the Kurdish nation as a whole

KURDS DECIDE. An Iraqi Kurdish man casts his ballot during the Kurdistan's legislative election at a polling station on September 21, 2013 in the northern Kurdish city of Arbil. AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye