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U.S. Department of State, Press Releases: Daily Press Briefing on Kurds in Syria & Iraq چاپ ارسال به دوست
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U.S. Department of State,

Press Releases: Daily Press Briefing on Kurds in Syria & Iraq

 

February 16, 2016

 

 

 

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Some of the questions  in today's US Department of State Press Briefing:

 - Do U.S. A urges Turkey to stop targeting only the Kurds in Syria?

What exactly is the U.S. urging Turkey to do? 

-The recent decision by the Kurdistan region’s President Barzani that the region is going to hold a referendum by November 2016. What is the U.S. Government position on that? 

  

Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson
 
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
  February 16, 2016
 
   

QUESTION: Syria/Turkey, may I please?

 

MR TONER: Yeah. Syria/Turkey --

QUESTION: Yes.

 

MR TONER: I’m sorry, go ahead.

 

QUESTION: Syria told the UN that Turkey hit Syrian army positions as well as Kurdish positions. Do you urge Turkey to stop targeting only the Kurds in Syria?

 

MR TONER: I’m sorry, one more time. You said Syrian – sorry, I apologize.

 

QUESTION: Syria told the UN that Turkey hit Syrian army positions as well as Kurdish positions in Syria.

 

MR TONER: Okay.

 

QUESTION: Do you urge Turkey to stop targeting only the Kurds in Syria?

 

MR TONER: I’m not aware of those allegations, frankly. I am aware, as you mentioned, reports that they have struck YPG-affiliated forces outside of Afrin and Azaz, and we have actually said – first of all, we’ve been very clear that these moves by the YPG on the ground, we believe, are counterproductive and undermine our collective efforts in northern Syria to defeat ISIL. And I’ve talked about this before; we believe the YPG is an effective group fighting Daesh or ISIL on the ground. I just would have to look into your actual question, which is – I was not aware that they had hit Syrian positions in and around Aleppo. You said Aleppo?

 

QUESTION: What exactly is the U.S. urging Turkey to do?

 

MR TONER: I’m sorry, within – well, first of all, look, Turkey is a member of the anti-Daesh or anti-ISIL coalition and a valued member of that. We have seen in the past week or so – and we’ve talked about it a lot in this briefing room – their concerns about the YPG. So at the same time, we have urged the YPG to avoid moves that will heighten tensions with Turkey and with other Arab opposition forces in northern Syria, because we believe they’re counterproductive. And I’ve talked about some of these, which is they’ve taken additional territory outside of Afrin; they’ve attacked areas close to Azaz, including the Menagh airbase. We have been clear to them in our communications with them that this – these moves we consider to be counterproductive to the overall effort to defeat ISIL. But at the same time, we’ve also urged Turkey to cease any – its artillery fire across the border.

 

QUESTION: And no matter what the target – so is it no matter what the target is? Is it just – are you urging Turkey to stop hitting --

 

MR TONER: We’ve urged Turkey to --

 

QUESTION: -- Kurds in Syria or --

 

MR TONER: We’ve urged Turkey to cease its artillery fire over the border (inaudible).

 

QUESTION: Altogether, no matter what the target is?

 

MR TONER: Well, look, as – against Daesh, of course, would be fine. Please.

 

QUESTION: Do you urge Turkey – the YPG on the ground to withdraw from the airbase?

 

MR TONER: To be --

 

QUESTION: Do you urge the YPG forces to withdraw from the airbase?

 

MR TONER: We’ve made it clear that we consider such moves to be counterproductive.

 

QUESTION: No, no. Avoid to it was something else, but they should withdraw from the airbase?

 

MR TONER: You’re talking about control from Menagh airbase.

 

 

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The Kurds could be the key to the Middle East چاپ ارسال به دوست
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The Kurds could be the key to the Middle East

By: Amir Taheri

October 18,2015

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NyPost.com

 

“I am puzzled by God’s wisdom
That, among all nations, has
denied Kurds a state of their own!”

This is how Kurdish poet Ahmadi Khani expressed his people’s feelings in “Love and Life,” the epic he composed in 1690.

ahmad_khani_kurdish_poem_1605_1706.jpgThree centuries later, the Kurds still don’t have a state but represent a spider’s-web set of ethnic and sectarian fractures that threaten the integrity of at least five nations.

At the time Khani wrote, a majority of mankind lived in a dozen empires or a jigsaw of isolated tribal entities with the concept of nation-state unknown outside Europe.

Now, in a world dotted with 198 nation-states, the Kurds represent the largest “nation” without a “state.”

Stuck in the center of every Middle East conflict, the Kurds are a rarity: a sympathetic ally. Supporting them is not without risk, as it could cause even more upheaval in the region, but if the US acts strongly and prudently, the Kurds could help keep Iran, ISIS and others in check.

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Security and Economy of the Gulf state and Kurdistan state چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Security and Economy of the Gulf state and Kurdistan state

saman_shali_c2015.jpgDr. Saman Shali
Former President of the Kurdish National Congress of North America

May 6, 2016

The economy plays an important role in the international stage. How to protect it, however, is one of the top priorities of the producing countries, especially in areas where oil is a dominant force in the world economy. We all know that the interests of consuming countries in the Gulf. Any major threat to the Gulf States and its oil is a threat to these countries. The Gulf States are considered some of the largest oil producers in the world. Therefor preserving these sources and security in the region enhance the stability of the global economy.

The major oil consuming countries are fully aware of the effect of oil income on the progress and prosperity of the Gulf countries and all that region. It is necessary for the building of their agricultural, industrial, commercial, and scientific infrastructure. Such a boom in the development will reduce dependency of the Gulf States on the products of those oil consuming countries, and it will make them able to actually compete in the local markets of the region. Thus, these consuming countries are working hard on finding many ways to keep the Gulf States and the region heavily dependent on them in all fields.

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Iran: Kurds in Mahabad protest against authorities چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 Iran: Kurds in Mahabad protest against authorities

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by: Sarbaz Yousef and Jiwan Saman

May 8, 2015 

ARA NEWS: Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Thousands of Kurds took to the streets on Thursday in the city of Mahabad, northwestern Iran, to protest against an Iranian officer who sexually harassed a Kurdish girl causing her to commit suicide, locals reported.

Local activists reported that the Kurdish girl, Farinaz Khosrwni, 23, who was working in Tara hotel in Mahabad, has committed suicide after an Iranian intelligence officer tried to rape her.

“She threw herself from the hotel’s balcony on the fourth floor, for fear of being captured by the Iranian officer,” the sources said. 

Activists on social networking sites have shared the news in the city and called for a campaign of mass protests across Mahabad. Thousands of Kurds protested in front of the hotel and burned it. 

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KOBANE: DESTRUCTION IN THE HEARTS چاپ ارسال به دوست
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KOBANE: DESTRUCTION IN THE HEARTS
 
The journey of people of Kobane, 
 
 
 
by Apo W. Bazidi
 
16 Feb 2015
 

It was easy to walk out from the refugee camps where they had faced hunger, cold and pain. Excitement belongs in the heartbeat. Their heartbeats were 5 steps ahead of their feet. It was a surreal feeling. They were finally heading home. But they must go through a process which, to them, was alien. Long lines in front of the Turkish Police station, to give fingerprints for the last time to a land that they did not belong. They sign a statement saying if you are willing to go back to Kobane, there can be “no return” to Turkey. A choice which did not matter for them. They were thirsty to go back and step onto the soil they first crawled on, to breathe in their memories that helped them survive many months in Turkey. Whilst in Turkey, many had sworn to kiss the soil three times as soon as they arrived.


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