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Turkey's Dangerous Game in Syria Threatens Entire Middle East چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   
Turkey's Dangerous Game in Syria Threatens Entire Middle East
August 28, 2016

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin met recently to open a new chapter in Turkish-Russian relations, normalizing heretofore strained ties between their countries. This tension began last year as a result of Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane that was violating Turkish airspace. This new chapter dramatically changes the entire scene of the Syrian conflict.

At the center of this new development lies Ankara’s deep-seated antagonism toward Kurds, both in Syria and at home. In order to preempt Kurdish plans to connect the three cantons of Afrin, Kobane, and Jazeera, Ankara has taken steps to normalize ties with Russia, Iran and Syria, and gain their support for a military intervention into northern Syria.

Washington and Ankara's tensions over Syrian Kurds

Washington has been remarkably successful in improving its coordination with Syrian Kurds to destroy ISIS, which is now the priority of Washington in the Syrian conflict. The international coalition led by the US has established a successful and effective partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). This force, led by the Kurdish YPG, includes the diverse peoples of the region of northern Syria, namely Arab, Assyrian, Armenian, Turkmen, and Circassian factions and large number of women protection units (YPJ).

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In abandoning the Kurds, the US has betrayed its only ally in the war in Syria چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

In abandoning the Kurds, the US has betrayed its only ally in the war in Syria

America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces.

 By Michael Horowitz
August 25, 2016



It almost seems like someone took the US strategy, and turned it upside down. Five days ago, US jets were scrambled to protect Kurdish forces in their self-declared Northern Syria Federation from Assad's air force in the eastern city of Hasakah.

Today, in the aftermath of a limited Turkish intervention on Syrian soil, the US is demanding the Kurds leave the northern city of Manbij, which the Kurds fought and died to capture during the past two months - backed by US warplanes.

That these two events happened less than a week from another is astonishing, even in such an unpredictable and volatile environment as the Syrian civil war. That the US is letting down its only remaining ally in Syria, at a time when other powers, namely Russia and Iran, have acted aggressively to protect theirs, is damaging to the overall US position in the region.

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Rights Groups Condemn Iran’s Executions of 20 Kurdish Prisoners چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA ; Mehdi Jedinia, Sirwan Kajjo   

Rights Groups Condemn Iran’s Executions of 20 Kurdish Prisoner

VOA in English

Mehdi JediniaSirwan Kajjo



Human rights groups on Thursday condemned the execution of at least 20 Kurdish activists in Iran who had been charged with links to terrorism.

A statement by the Iranian intelligence ministry confirmed the Wednesday executions, saying the convicts were part of a terrorist cell that was responsible for armed attacks in Iran’s western provinces.

"These people had committed murder... killed women and children, caused destruction and acted against the security, and killed Sunni religious leaders in some Kurdish regions," Mohammad Javad Montazeri, Iran’s top prosecutor, told IRIB TV, a state-run channel.

The Iranian government said that the men had ties to foreign Islamist groups, an apparent reference to Islamic State, and that they were plotting to carry out attacks inside Iran. But rights activists said the government’s accusations were baseless. 

Imprisoned earlier

“Some of them had been in prison even before Daesh [Islamic State] or other Sunni extremist groups appeared in the region,” said an attorney from Tehran who requested anonymity.

Shahram Ahmadi, 29, a Kurdish activist from Sanandaj, was among those who were hanged. He was reportedly arrested for distributing leaflets that demanded rights for the Sunni minority in Iran.

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How clashes inside Iran remake regional equations? چاپ ارسال به دوست   

How clashes inside Iran remake regional equations?

By: Rudaw

July 5th, 2016 


The KDPI has firmly denied any outside influenceover its recent decision to mobilize its forces deeper inside Iran and maintained it seeks a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question. 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region-Largely peaceful demonstrators in the Iranian city of Isfahan called recently on their government to withdraw from Syria and concentrate its efforts instead on its own disfranchised people.

"Let Go of Syria; Think of Iran," was the slogan chanted in rhyming Persian by hundreds of marchers last Friday. It was chanted, ironically, at the annual Quds public rally, which is held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan to mark commitment to the liberation of Palestine.

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has been seen as virtually the only regional super power in the Middle East without a formidable internal opposition that could effectively destabilize its regional grip.

While Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and even the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have constantly been dealing with separatist or extremist groups within their borders, Iran has successfully been able to sideline or dismantle powerful political parties and their armed wings such as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq and the once influential Communist Party, the Toudeh.

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What's Behind Sudden Clashes In Northwestern Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
Golnaz Esfandiari ; rferl   

What's Behind Sudden Clashes In Northwestern Iran? 

June 29, 2016
 By: Golnaz Esfandiari 

Iranian Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran train as they prepare to celebrate Norouz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kilometers north of Irbil in Iraq's Kurdish region, in March. 

Clashes erupted this month between Kurdish fighters and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), with each side claiming to have inflicted casualties on the other. The country's heavily censored media have even reported the fighting andacknowledged fatalities on the government side. But why the sudden flare-up?

Who is fighting and how widespread is the violence? The past two weeks of fighting have reportedly pitted official forces against members of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), with deadly clashes between the IRGC and Kurdish rebels in heavily Kurdish northwestern Iran, near the border with Iraq. Combat was reported on June 15-16 in Oshnavieh, in Iran's West Azerbaijan Province. More fighting followed in the nearby Sarvabad, Mahabad, and Marivan regions.

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