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#1535035 --- 10/19/19 10:26 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter stands over corpses in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on October 17, 2019, during Ankara's deadly offensive against Kurdish forces. (Photo by NAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump to Kurds: Ethnic-Cleanse Yourselves

by Philip Rotner
October 18, 2019

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Mike Pompeo just made a deal with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give his Syrian Kurd enemies five days to ethnically cleanse themselves.

Ten days after Trump green-lit Turkey’s attack on the Syrian Kurds, he sent Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo to Turkey to “make a deal” with Erdogan.

And make a deal they did.

Here is the deal: The Kurds have five days. After that, the “pause” will end, and if the Kurds haven’t abandoned their homes, Turkey will go back to killing them so that their homeland can be repurposed to accommodate the population of Erdogan’s choice.

And in exchange for giving Turkey everything it wanted in the first place, Trump backed off even from the sanctions he threatened in an attempt to pretend he hadn’t given away the store.

In other words, Erdogan gets a slice of Syria, the displacement of the Syrian Kurds, a warm welcome from the president of the United States, and no sanctions.


The Kurds get: Screwed.

And we get: What?

We must be getting something, because Trump called the deal an “amazing outcome” and a “great day for civilization.”

And we have it on good authority from Fox that this president “never lies.”


Philip Rotner is a columnist whose articles appear in national publications and on his website, philiprotner.com. Philip is an attorney who has practiced for over 40 years, both in private practice and as the general counsel of a global professional services firm. Philip’s views are his own, and do not reflect the views of any organization with which he has been associated.


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#1535091 --- 10/22/19 10:35 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Fury in Qamishli as US troops leave the city

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/21102019


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Qamishli residents express fury at US soldiers in northeast Syria .

Dramatic footage emerged on Monday of angry Kurdish residents in northeastern Syria throwing tomatoes at the US troops withdrawing from the area seemingly bringing to an end a five year alliance that saw the territorial defeat of Islamic State (ISIS).

Angered residents can be heard shouting “no, no” in unison as the armored vehicles try to pass through a small crowd in the city of Qamishli in northeast Syria. A young bearded man shouts “what happened to you” at one of the soldiers atop one armored vehicle.

Turkey launched an air campaign against the US allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on October 7 hours after President Recept Tayyip Erdogan told President Donald Trump that he was going to invade northern Syria.

Turkey sees the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed force which has fought the Turkish state for decades in pursuit of more rights for the Kurdish minority in Turkey.

The SDF has been a critical partner of the US- led international coalition, losing over 11,000 men and women during the five grueling years against ISIS. The Kurds say President Trump’s green light to President Erdogan to invade northern Syria would cause ethnic cleansing.

“America” could be heard as people start an inaudible chant in unison. “America runs away like a mouse, the Americans are running away like mice” a tall man with a photo of a SDF fighter pinned to his chest shouts as he runs towards the fleeing vehicle.

The city has been the site of multiple atrocities as the Turkish airforce bombed the city including the maiming of an 8-year old child and the death of her 11-year old brother as they played outside. The city’s Christian community has almost entirely fled the area.

A US soldier was photographed on Sunday wearing a badge of the female contingent of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPJ) as soldiers left the town of Tel Tamr. Troops also withdrew from the city of Raqqa, supposedly heading to Iraq to join 5,000 US troops against the ongoing threat of an Islamic State (ISIS) resurgence.

US troops have described the withdrawal as a “stain on the American conscience” as Kurdish forces, the US’ strongest ally in the fight against ISIS, have been left to fight a Turkish incursion.

Residents were previously seen holding placards lamenting the US withdrawal leaving Kurds to face Turkish brutality across the region. “Tell your children that the children of the Kurds were killed by the Turks and we did nothing to protect them,” one read.


As the American convoy passed through the crowd another could be heard shouting “the Americans are cowards.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who was critical of abandoning the Kurdish allies said on Sunday that he was increasingly optimistic that there could be “some historic solutions” in the volatile region.

He called on the US to "make sure we have a demilitarized zone between Turkey and the Kurds," adding that "the Kurds were the allies who helped us defeat ISIS. They lost 10,000 soldiers, we’ve lost eight in four years, God bless the eight, but it was the Kurds who did most of the fighting,” Graham said.

“Protect our NATO ally Turkey from elements of the Kurds that they consider to be terrorists," the senator added, calling for a "demilitarized zone occupied by international forces, no Americans, but we provide airpower.”

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#1535092 --- 10/22/19 10:46 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Turkey counts down to resumption of Syrian operation

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/221020192



ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The clock is ticking on the northern Syria ceasefire with Turkey's state TV running a countdown clock and civilians fleeing border towns in anticipation of an attack tonight.

In the top right corner of the screen, TRT has a clock counting down to the end of the 'pause deadline' in Turkey's Operation Peace Spring. The US-brokered truce is due to expire at 10pm local time on Tuesday.

The agreement was not labeled a ceasefire at Turkey's insistence, but detailed steps towards a full cessation of hostilities. Under the terms, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would withdraw from a stretch on the border, pulling south of the M4 highway. They would also relinquish their heavy weapons and destroy fortifications within the truce zone. Turkey in turn would commit to a full ceasefire.

Both sides have accused the other of violating the agreement. The spokesperson for the SDF, Kino Gabriel, told Rudaw that they are ready to abide by the terms and the survival of the ceasefire depends entirely on Turkey. At the moment, the SDF is waiting to see what Turkey will do. "There is no information as to what is going to happen later or tomorrow night," Gabriel said on Monday evening.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Tuesday for what is anticipated to be a decisive meeting.

Turkey’s TRT World runs a countdown clock in the top right of its screen, counting down to the end of the pause in Operation Peace Spring, in this screenshot taken Tuesday morning. Photo: TRT World screenshot



The day before, Erdogan struck a combative tone, saying he will not make a deal with terrorists.

A group of Russian military advisors reportedly arrived in the northern Syria city of Qamishli on Monday, ahead of an expected deployment of Syrian regime troops along the border with Turkey. Russia mediated a deal between the SDF and Damascus for government troops to enter key towns and bolster security along the border to protect against Turkish aggression.

Turkey's ground incursion, launched on October 9 two days after starting an air campaign, has been focused around the mixed Kurdish-Arab border towns of Gire Spi (Tel Abyad) and Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain).

With the end of the pause in operations nearing, the population of Darbasiyah, a village on the border east of Sari Kani, has fled their homes. Turkey removed a segment of their border wall in the area and residents are afraid they will be the Turkish army's next target. Darbasiyah is now a ghost town, according to the Rojava Information Centre.

"Because the ceasefire is ending tomorrow the population is leaving [Darbasiyah], the city is now empty of population, they all left to Hasaka or Iraqi Kurdistan," a resident told the information centre on Monday.
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#1535167 --- 10/24/19 11:31 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Trump's brave new world

https://www.rudaw.net/english/opinion/241020191

In the alternate universe that much of America now exists in, President Trump on Wednesday gave a press conference to take credit for his great success in Syria. "This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else," Trump said. "No other nation, very simple. We're willing to take blame and we're also willing to take credit."

Apparently the ethnic cleansing of some 300,000 civilians, the betrayal of a stalwart Kurdish ally, the loss of U.S. credibility and influence in the Middle East, the rise of Russia as the key power broker for the region, the empowerment of Assad and the loosening of pressure on Iran are great accomplishments for Mr. Trump. In this neo-Orwellian world much of America now inhabits, these are all things to congratulate the Trump presidency for. He did, after all, order some 1,000 U.S. troops out of Syria – around the same time he sent another 2,000 to Saudi Arabia.

David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since 2010. He holds the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University and is the author of numerous publications on the Kurds and the Middle East.

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#1535236 --- 10/25/19 09:16 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Family’s agony as Syria Kurd sets himself on fire outside UNHCR in Geneva

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/25102019

HASAKA, Syria – Ali Basheer Wazeer, 31, doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire outside the headquarters of the UN refugee agency in Geneva on Wednesday. Swiss police believe it was an act of protest at the world’s response to Turkey’s invasion of his native northeast Syria.

Mahbouba, Ali’s older sister who lives in the Kurdish-majority city of Hasaka in northeast Syria, was distraught when she learned of her brother’s act of protest, which has left him with burns to 80 percent of his body.

“We want to be given our rights. We are also humans,” Mahbouba told Rudaw at her home in the embattled Kurdish region.

“We need our rights, for us to have a country, for our youth to no longer fall martyr, for our homes to no longer get plundered, and for our children to no longer get killed.”

Ali survived the incident but was severely injured. He was flown to a nearby burn trauma unit.

Three years ago, Ali was a fighter in the ranks of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group fighting for greater cultural and political rights for Kurds in Turkey.

With his mounted machine gun, Ali served on the front line against the Islamic State group (ISIS). He later fled to Europe and claimed asylum in Germany, where he is married with two children named Rubar and Hozan.

Ali’s elderly parents still don’t know what has happened to him.

His uncle Adeel, who also lives in Ali’s home city of Hasaka, was in close contact with his nephew while he was serving with the YPG.

He is furious with the international community, who he accuses of abandoning the Kurds, leaving their sons and their land to face an uncertain future.

“Ali fought in all the battles in Hasaka, Qamishli, Sari Kani, and Alouk,” Adeel said. “Ali fought in all the battles. Any battle that took place in our province, you could find Ali participating it.”

“My message for the international community is that if you claim yourself to be democratic, that you care for human rights, then come have a look at Sari Kani. Let them come to the hospitals, to see how our children have been burned with chemical weapons. Or is it that you are just liars?”

Adeel was referring to the case of Mohammed Hamid Mohammed, a 13-year-old Kurdish boy from Sari Kani who was reportedly burned by white phosphorus – a banned chemical weapon – allegedly used by Turkish forces.

Photographs of Mohammed’s injuries and his face contorted in agony have been widely shared on the internet, provoking outrage and condemnation. Turkey has denied using chemical weapons in its offensive. The UN is investigating.

The family says Ali called them before the incident in Geneva, telling them he planned to return to northeast Syria to rejoin the YPG. They also say he was on hunger strike for 10 days in the lead up to the incident.

Ankara and its Arab Syrian proxies launched Operation Peace Spring on October 9 with the stated aim of pushing the SDF back 32 kilometers from Turkey’s southern border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to resettle up to three million Syrian refugees currently hosted by Turkey inside this ‘peace corridor’. Critics say the move amounts to ethnic cleansing of the predominantly Kurdish region.

Protests against Turkey’s incursion and the US decision to withdraw troops from the region have been taking place in cities across the globe, especially those with a large Turkish diaspora.

With reporting by Halkawt Aziz, translation by Mohammed Rwanduzy
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#1535278 --- 10/26/19 10:05 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Turkish-backed SCUM. Help save Cicek Kobane!

https://www.facebook.com/Save-Kobane-297459630456872/



Kurdish force makes appeal after female fighter captured alive by Turkey-backed militia

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/251020192

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdish women’s armed group in northern Syria issued an urgent plea for international help to save one of their fighters who was wounded and captured alive by Turkish-backed Syrian militias that have been accused of committing war crimes.

“On October 21 at 21:00, the gangs of the Turkish invading state attacked the village of Mishrafa in Ain al-Issa leading to a fight between our forces and the gangs. Cicek Kobane was injured in her leg and fell captive to the gangs of [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan,” read a statement from the YPJ, the all-women branch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northeast Syria.

Video published on Telegram channels linked to the Syrian militias show a militant carrying the captured Kurdish fighter. The militants call her “pig” and say she will be taken to “slaughter.” There is evidence of the Syrian militias desecrating the body of another female Kurdish fighter and killing a senior female politician and human rights advocate.

American officials have said these incidents could be war crimes.

The YPJ called on the international community to “urgently intervene” to save Cicek Kobane.

“We call on all the women of the world and international human rights organizations to speak up against this brutality of Turkish-backed gangs,” said the force.

The video was made public at least 24 hours ago. The fate of Cicek Kobane remains unknown.

Turkey and its Syrian proxies launched Operation Peace Spring against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on October 9. The operation has been condemned by officials and leaders around the world.

A US-brokered deal on October 17 brought in a five-day pause in operations and Moscow and Ankara subsequently reached an agreement to take control over the border.

The Kurdish forces accused Turkey of violating the ceasefire. The YPJ said that Kobane was captured after the cessation of hostilities was supposed to be in force.

There is evidence of the Syrian militias desecrating the body of another female Kurdish fighter and killing a senior female politician and human rights advocate.

American officials have said these incidents could be war crimes.

“I've seen the reports as well. We’re trying to monitor them. They are horrible and, if accurate, I assume that they are accurate, they would be war crimes, as best as I know the law of land warfare. So I think all of those needs to be followed up on. I think those responsible should be held accountable – in many cases it would be the government of Turkey should be held accountable for this because we cannot allow those things to happen,” US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in an interview with CNN, aired on Tuesday.

There are growing calls for an internally-controlled zone along the border between Turkey and northern Syria. Germany, which presented such a proposal to NATO defence ministers this week, is ready to commit 2,500 soldiers, Spiegel reported on Friday. Germany would lead the mission and is calling European allies to join what would be an international force.

The European Parliament this week called for the United Nations to take the lead in establishing a safe corridor.

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#1535299 --- 10/27/19 10:51 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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‘They broke her body’: Mother grieves for murdered Kurdish politician Havrin Khalaf

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/261020193

DERIK, Syria – Suad Muhammed, 62, stands out among the crowd of mourners in her black dress, her eyes sharp despite many sleepless nights. Her daughter, Havrin Khalaf, was summarily executed by Turkish-backed Syrian militias on October 12.

It’s a bright and sunny day in Derik (al-Malikiyah) in northeastern Syria, but the beautiful weather does nothing to cheer the people walking the streets. The district came under repeated Turkish attack during Ankara’s military incursion. Shells fell on the town and surrounding villages, killing several people and damaging infrastructure.

On Tuesday, people were anxiously counting the hours before the end of a US-brokered pause in operations, which was due to end that evening.

More than a dozen relatives of people killed in the conflict gathered in front of the Council for Martyrs, grieving for their lost loved ones, afraid of what would happen next.

“Havrin was the last of my six children. She was 34 years old. She was single and was a leading figure in Syria who dedicated her time to the enhancing of other people’s lives,” Suad said.

Havrin was secretary general of the Future Syria Party, which campaigns for social cohesion among all components of Syrian society. She was recognized by many as a figure who could have played a major role in the reconciliation process after the war in Syria.


“As soon as she finished her studies, she started helping people by fighting inequality. Before being a member of Syria’s Future Party, she had been a key member of the Ministry of Energy of the autonomous region [of North-Eastern Syria] and passed some bills that allowed every household at least 10 amperes of electricity despite all the power cuts,” Suad said of her daughter.

“She then joined the Ministry of Economy and worked on developing agrarian reforms to ensure food sustainability in Northern Syria. After these basic reforms, she dedicated her life to bringing communities together,” a task which was especially important to the late-politician.

Suad says Havrin’s dedication to the cause of reconciliation was at the center of her work, even when it endangered her life.

“She wasn’t influenced that much by Abdullah Ocalan (leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK); rather, she had a genuine desire to see her country recover from the disaster it had gone through in the last nine years. Social cohesion and harmony between the communities was an obsession for her. That’s why she was targeted,” Suad said.

When she mentions Havrin’s death, her eyes suddenly sharpen, her voice rises, and her hands become animated.

“I was with her the morning she was killed. She was in Derik to meet her driver’s family as his father had died of natural causes. That morning, she told me how good I smelt. I told her to stay, or that I should come with her as she had meetings around Raqqa and Tabqa. But she said everything would be fine.”

“I told her to take a Quran to protect herself, but she said she didn’t need it, that she had one in her heart already.”

“The criminals who murdered her broke the Quran that was in her. They say they are Muslims, but they are no such thing. Even non-believers don’t behave like that.”

Havrin’s car was targeted with heavy weapons in an intentional, targeted attack. Videos clearly show her body was mutilated. “There is no doubt about this,” Suad said.

She reserves the greatest share of her rage for the Turkish president.

“I accuse Erdogan of using chemical weapons against civilians, of killing children and committing war crimes. I accuse him of murdering my daughter. If there is any justice in this world, why is the international community staying so silent?”

“If they had wanted to eliminate her, why didn’t they just put a bullet in her head or in her heart?”

“No, instead, they tortured her. They broke her body, tore her nails and hair off… is this democracy, is this justice? No, it’s not. I’ll keep shouting till justice comes.”

She falls silent a moment, her face riven with grief.

“What have we done? Nothing! We haven’t thrown a single stone against their walls. But they come into our houses to kill us. What have we done? No matter what happens, we’ll defend ourselves. It’s the most legitimate right we have,” she said.

Suad steps inside the Martyrs Council office to collect the meager pension given to all families who have lost loved ones in the conflict – $40 per month.

Her daughter’s name has been officially recorded by the council as a hero who defended the people against terrorism and oppression.
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#1535302 --- 10/27/19 12:55 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Glory for Kurds.
None for homeless Vets or other Americans.

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#1535303 --- 10/27/19 01:21 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: DoctorTom]
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It appears that you have no opposing agenda with reasons why but only in attempt to annoy Teonan. Can one be so obvious? Take your battle to another topic seeing that you've already gone to the Ontario County site with the same one liner.
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#1535305 --- 10/27/19 01:29 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: DoctorTom]
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Originally Posted By: DoctorTom
Glory for Kurds.
None for homeless Vets or other Americans.

Sorry, Harley. Nom de guerre aside...

You might be right (if it were true), but, as usual, you aren't (because it's obviously not).
crazy
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#1535307 --- 10/27/19 01:45 PM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Timbo]
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God morning Sir, it's becoming all too apparent that this forum is losing the ability to have opposing dialogue with respect and views in which one may not have otherwise thought of. When I came here years ago, some of those views were thought provoking and gave way to one seeing some things in a different light...those days seems to be gone, now we observe antagonistic behavior of grade school children, I personally commend those comments coming from yourself and Teonan.

My bad I didn't forget you Ben


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#1535330 --- 10/28/19 10:40 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: DoctorTom]
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Originally Posted By: DoctorTom
Glory for Kurds.
None for homeless Vets or other Americans.


No sense being a traffic cop Doc. Roll out a new forum thread with your concerns. Easy peasy. You know the drill. whistle
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#1535332 --- 10/28/19 11:08 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Baghdadi killing important but doesn't end ISIS: Kurdish leaders

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/27102019

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region- The death of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an important step in the fight against ISIS but is not the end of the terror group, Kurdistan Region officials said on Sunday amid reports that the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) provided vital information that facilitated the US-led operation.

“The Kurdistan Region, as an important and main component of the International Coalition against Daesh, considers the destruction of the head of the terrorist Daesh organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi a big step in the fight against terror,” KRI President Nechirvan Barzani said in a Sunday statement, using the Arabic acronym of ISIS, before thanking the US and all those who contributed to the mission.

“Killing Baghdadi, after the destruction of the so-called caliphate of Daesh, is an important step, but this in no way means the end of terror, or the end of Daesh’s ideology or mindset,” Barzani added.

In the early hours of Sunday, a US-led operation on a compound reportedly sheltering the ISIS leader in Barisha village, in northwest Syrian province of Idlib ended with Baghdadi committing suicide.

While US President Donald Trump hailed Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq, and to a lesser degree Kurds, reports indicate that the Kurdistan Region and Syrian Kurds provided more intelligence than any other actors that contributed to the death of the ISIS leader.

At the height of ISIS’ expansion and control of territory in 2014, the KRI fought ISIS along a frontline extending 1,000 kilometers. More than 1,000 dead Peshmerga fighters died, with thousands more injured.
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#1535388 --- 10/31/19 09:12 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Erdogan threatens to expand Syria ‘safe zone’ as attacks intensify on Kurdish enclaves

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/301020191


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Just hours after the Russian-brokered ceasefire between Turkey and Syria’s Kurds expired on Wednesday morning, sporadic fighting resumed across northern Syria.

With the full withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the border region complete, Turkey is now mooting the further expansion of its planned ‘safe zone’ deeper into Syrian territory.

Wednesday was marked by a rash of fighting between Turkish-backed militiamen and Syrian regime forces.

Turkey agreed on October 22 to pause Operation Peace Spring against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), giving the group 150 hours to withdraw 32km from the Syria-Turkey border.

Russia announced the completion of the withdrawal on Tuesday. The ceasefire expired at 6am local time on Wednesday.

Just hours later, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he may expand his so-called ‘safe zone’ along the shared border beyond the 32km line.

The Turkish president plans to resettle millions of Syrian refugees currently hosted by Turkey inside this corridor.

“We will give a drastic response to any attack coming from outside of the safe zone [in northern Syria] and we will expand our safe zone area if needed,” he told a parliamentary meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday.

In response to the Turkish operation, which began October 9, the SDF struck a deal with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad allowing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to secure the border, while leaving the political autonomy of the Kurdish administration unchecked.

Shortly after Erdogan issued his new threat to expand the safe zone further south, Turkish-backed rebels attacked regime troops south of Tel Tamr – around 30km south of the Turkish border.

The people of Ras al-Ain (Sare Kani), which was recently seized by the Turkish-backed militias, had fled to Tel Tamr to escape the fighting and treat their injured. Now they have again been forced to flee.

“The situation is not good. They [Turkish-backed militia] are shelling south of Tel Tamr from 7-8km,” one man told Rudaw as he left town on his motorcycle.

Another man said the people of Tel Tamr are “terrified” of the approaching forces, and have even started moving their livestock, fearing looters.

Military vehicles belonging to regime forces were also spotted leaving the area.

Turkey is yet to comment on the clashes, but SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali confirmed the attack on Tel Tamr in a tweet.

As guarantors of the ceasefires, the US and Russia are “responsible” for the attack, Bali said.

“There is a ceasefire agreement in place which requires SDF to withdraw and Turkish army to stop aggression. Villages of Dirbasiya and Tel Temr are still being heavily attacked, even the ones in which we handed over positions to SAA,” he tweeted.

“It’s clear that Turkey has no intention of halting attacks. Russia, US are responsible for bloodshed and displacement of thousands of civilians who are now fleeing their homes in Tel Tamr,” he added in a separate tweet.

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#1535421 --- 11/01/19 10:20 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Why the Kurds remain genuine friends of the West

https://www.rudaw.net/english/opinion/01112019

On October 6, following a phone call with Turkish President Erdogan, Donald Trump betrayed the Kurds in Syria. Without warning, he ordered the small contingent of US soldiers on the Syria-Turkey border – whose presence there prevented a Turkish invasion of the Kurdish-led Syrian enclave – to withdraw. Turkey’s invasion came two days later, spearheaded by Syrian Arab proxies, several of them jihadi extremist. Turkey’s attack also brought with it very open plans for ethnic cleansing, given Erdogan’s stated intention of “cleaning out” what he called a “terrorist entity” and resettling the area with Syrian refugees from non-Kurdish parts of Syria.

The betrayal became the latest in a long litany of Western betrayals of the Kurds. The Treaty of Sevres in 1920 promised the Kurds self-determination in their homeland, but was quickly forgotten. In the 1920s, the British promised the Kurds of Iraq measures of local autonomy and respect for Kurdish rights, but these promises were likewise left by the wayside. In 1946, Britain and the United States convinced the Soviet Union to withdraw its support for the nascent Republic of Kurdistan in Mahabad, Iran, leading to the military defeat of the first Kurdish statelet and the hanging of its leaders.

Full article at above link.
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#1535448 --- 11/02/19 11:11 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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US House overwhelmingly votes to recognize Armenian genocide
Resolution comes at delicate time in US-Turkey relationship, shortly after House votes to impose sanctions

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019...menian-genocide

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the Armenian genocide of a century ago, stepping into a fraught historical debate at a particularly tense moment for the US-Turkey relationship.

The House voted 405-11 in favor of the resolution, which is not legally binding, to formally recognize the systematic killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915, modern-day Turkey, as a “genocide”.


Earlier on Tuesday, the House voted 403 to 16 to impose sanctions on Turkey, in a striking rebuke of Donald Trump after he pulled American forces from northern Syria following a phone call with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo&#287;an, paving the way for Turkey’s assault on Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria.

The Turkish government has long denied the term genocide to describe the slaughter and has waged a lobbying campaign in the US and around the world to discourage the use of that word in reference to the killings.

Many countries and nearly all US states officially recognize the killings as genocide. But the US Congress has resisted pressure in recent years by activists out of a desire not to inflame tensions with a Nato ally. Support for a resolution grew, particularly among Democrats, after Trump enabled the Turkish offensive against the Kurdish groups.

The US had previously allied with Syrian Kurdish forces against militants of the Islamic State group. The Turkish offensive left scores of Kurdish fighters and civilians dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more.

“If we ignore history, then we are destined to witness the mistakes of the past be repeated,” the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said, urging support for the resolution on Tuesday. “Recent attacks by the Turkish military against the Kurdish people are a stark reminder of the danger in our own time.”


The California Democrat Adam Schiff, a sponsor of the resolution, said in a statement: “The House declared that it will no longer be party to the cause of genocide denial. This is a vote I have fought for 19 years to make possible, and one that tens of thousands of my Armenian American constituents have worked, struggled, and prayed for decades to see.”

The vote on the bipartisan resolution came on the heels of House passage of economic sanctions against Turkey.

There is a bipartisan resolution in the Senate but it is unclear if the chamber will bring the measure to the floor.

In a statement, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavu&#351;o&#287;lu, condemned the move, which he called “a meaningless political step” and an “attempt to rewrite history”.

“The US Administration and politicians as well as the American people are best placed to consider the damages this resolution seeking to disrupt Turkey-US ties does and will inflict upon the US interests at an extremely fragile time in terms of the international and regional security,” the statement said, adding: “Undoubtedly, this resolution will negatively affect the image of the US before the public opinion of Turkey as it also brings the dignity of the US House of Representatives into disrepute.”

But on Capitol Hill, the resolution’s passage was celebrated.

California congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who is Armenian American, said she had been “waiting for this moment” since she was first elected to Congress more than a quarter-century ago.

“This resolution not only honors and commemorates my ancestors who perished but all those who were lost in the first genocide of the 20th century,” she said.
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#1535449 --- 11/02/19 11:31 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Long time coming.
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#1535631 --- 11/06/19 11:02 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Former Marine Slams Trump’s Kurd Betrayal In Ad On His Favorite Fox News Show

The ad from a Republican group will air during “Fox & Friends” in Washington.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/marine-trump-syria-commercial_n_5dc25f0ee4b0b0861f90834c

President Donald Trump could find himself receiving criticism from an unexpected source on Wednesday: an ad during “Fox & Friends,” reportedly his favorite Fox News show.

The spot from the Republican group Defending Democracy Together &#8213; led by conservative Trump critic Bill Kristol &#8213; features a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant slamming the decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies by withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria.

“Every Marine knows that you don’t leave a Marine behind. You don’t leave an ally behind,” Sgt. Joe Jenkins says in the spot. “So why are we leaving the Kurds behind? That’s not right.”

Jenkins, now a teacher in Texas, served in the Marines for five years, including back-to-back tours in Iraq’s Anbar province.

“How long can America keep relying on others when we turn our backs?” he asks in the spot, which will air on “Fox & Friends” in Washington and also run digitally:

Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria drew widespread condemnation from both sides of the aisle, with the House voting 354-60 to condemn the move.

The commercial directs viewers to the Stand With Allies website to sign a petition aimed at the 60 lawmakers who voted against the measure, all of whom are Republicans.

“The Kurds in Syria have been America’s most effective local ally in fighting ISIS,” Kristol said in a statement, noting that Kurdish intelligence helped U.S. forces find and kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

He added:

“This is an indefensible betrayal of a key U.S. ally, and every American should remember this shame and dishonor so that we never repeat this mistake again.”

According to the United Nations, 180,000 people &#8213; including 80,000 children &#8213; were displaced by the two weeks of fighting that ensued after U.S. troops left and Turkey attacked the Kurds.
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#1535909 --- 11/12/19 11:14 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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US troops at Syria base say they’ll keep pressure on ISIS

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/12112019

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior US coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and prevent the extremists from resurging or breaking out of prisons.

The commander, Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, said even though Bradley armored vehicles have arrived in eastern Syria, the mission’s focus has not changed. He said the “force mix,” including the mechanized armored vehicles deployed in Syria for the first time since the war against ISIS, has an array of capabilities to deny ISIS the chance to regroup.

“The mission still continues. And Daesh is trying to resurge wherever they can,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the group. He said the forces have captured 700 IS fighters since its last territorial holding fell in March. “We’ve destroyed many and war remnants and we continue to do so as we find them.”

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 US partners, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
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#1535979 --- 11/15/19 01:10 AM Re: Bloody high five [Re: Teonan]
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Footloose rats attempt the Ball Twist

Turkish president claims he taught Senator Graham “a lesson” for anti-Turkey remarks


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — On his way back to Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish journalists that he taught Senator Lindsey Graham “a lesson” for his comments against the Turkish invasion of northern Syria.

His remarks follow a two-day visit to Washington DC, in which he met with US President Donald Trump and a number of senators.

Five Republican US senators, known for their strong criticism of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, were invited to the Trump-Erdogan meeting.

Prior to his trip to the US, the Turkish president said that he would try to revert the stance of those Americans who see the Turkish operation in Syria as an invasion.


However, a source who was present in the room told US outlet Axios that Erdogan’s video “was unpersuasive”

Senator Linsdey Graham is reported to have asked Erdogan “"Well, do you want me to go get the Kurds to make one about what you've done?"


Read on: https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/14112019
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