Kurdish forces - updates

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U.S. military calls on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:17 PM

'They're coming to set up a major military post in Qamishli,' a source tells Agence France-Presse

RETURN IN SYRIA? A convoy of US troops is pictured in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli, in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province on November 2, 2019. AFP photo

U.S. forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:48 PM

It is the fourth withdrawal of American forces in a week, and leaves Syria's northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa devoid of US troops

WITHDRAWAL. US military vehicles drive on a street in the town of Tal Tamr on October 20, 2019, after pulling out of their base. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkish soldier killed in Syrian Kurd attack, says defense ministry

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Turkey and Kurdish forces accuse one another for violating the ceasefire agreement

TURKISH TROOPS. In this file photo, Turkish military vehicles, part of a US military convoy, take part in joint patrol in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkey, on October 4, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish forces if no pullout

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'If the promises given to our country are not kept, as we did in the past we will not wait and restart the operation as soon as the time we have given ends,' says Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

'CRUSH HEADS'. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens he will not back down if Kurdish forces fail to pull out from the proposed safe zone. AFP file photo

'Never-ending' numbers in last ISIS scrap shock U.S.-backed fighters

Mar 09, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Tens of thousands of dust-covered women, children and men have streamed out of the ragged tent encampment in the Syrian village of Baghouz since December – and despite that exodus they still keep on coming

Children who were captured by Islamic State (IS) group fighters, believed to be from the Yazidi community, are pictured after being evacuated from the IS' embattled holdout of Baghouz at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 6, 2019. More than 7000 people, mostly women and children, have fled the shrinking pocket over the past two days, as US-backed forces press ahead with an offensive to crush holdout jihadists. The Yazidis are a mostly Iraq-based Kurdish-speaking religious minority. The jihadists consider them heretics and in 2014, tried to exterminate them. Bulent KILIC / AFP

UN condemns 'descent into hell' in Aleppo, civilians flee

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:05 PM

UPDATED Diplomats said the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting November 30 in New York on the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo

ESCAPE. Syrian families, from various eastern districts of Aleppo, are evacuated by bus through Sheikh Maqsud, a Kurdish-controlled enclave between the government-held west of Aleppo and the east, on November 27, 2016, as Syrian pro-government continue their advance towards rebel-controlled districts. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

In major blow, Syria rebels lose all northeast Aleppo

Nov 28, 2016 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The regime s advance prompts an exodus of desperate civilians some fleeing to districts held by the government or Kurdish forces others heading south into areas still under opposition control

Smoke billows during fighting as Syrian pro-government forces walk on a street on November 27, 2016 in the Masaken Hanano district in eastern Aleppo, a day after they resized it from rebel fighters. George Ourfalian/AFP

IS jihadists execute 9 people in northern Iraq

Oct 10, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Six were accused of being involved in efforts to organize Sunni resistance to IS in the Hawija region while another 3 were former members of the US funded Sahwa organization against Al Qaeda

US shipping arms to Iraqi Kurds: State Department

Aug 11, 2014 - 10:28 PM

We re working with the government of Iraq to increasingly and very quickly get urgently needed arms to the Kurds US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf tells CNN

This image made from US Department of Defence video shows smoke rising from airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Erbil in northern Iraq, 08 August 2014. Two US F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on mobile artillery belonging to the jihadist group near Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Jihadist offensive strengthens Kurdish territorial claims

Jun 12, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Jihadists and their allies have overrun all of the northern province of Nineveh and significant areas of neighboring Salaheddin and Kirkuk provinces

OFFENSIVE STRIKE. Iraqi soldiers leave a military base as Kurdish forces take control over many areas in Kirkuk on June 11, 2014. Iraqi Kurdish forces have moved into the contested northern city of Kirkuk to defend it against advancing jihadist fighters, security sources say. Photo by Khalil Al-A'Nei/ EPA