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US Will Continue to Back Kurdish Group Opposed by Turkey: Votel چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

US Will Continue to Back Kurdish Group Opposed by Turkey: Votel

 Military.com | Aug 31, 2016 | 

 

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The U.S. will continue to support Kurdish Syrian militia that Turkey has pledged to wipe out in its offensive into Syria, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said Tuesday.

"They have lived up to their commitment to us" to move east of the Euphrates River to meet one of Ankara's demands, said Votel, head of U.S. Central Command and the top U.S. commander in the Mideast, referring to the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG.

The YPG is the military wing of the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, which Turkey calls a terrorist organization. It's also considered to be by far the most effective rebel group operating in Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Turkey appeared to dispute Votel's statement that the YPG had moved east of the Syrian border town of Jarablus, which Turkish tanks and mechanized infantry took against little resistance in its Aug. 24 offensive into Syria.

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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
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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

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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

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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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Kurdish American 2016 Presidential Preference Survey: Clinton vs. Trump چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Kurdish American 2016 Presidential Preference Survey: Clinton vs. Trump


راپه رسى له كورده كانى نيشته جى ولاته يكگرتووه كانى ئه مريكا، سه باره ت به هه لبژاردنه كانى سه روك كومارى ئه مريكا 

 

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Dear Fellow Kurdish American Community Members!
Hope you're all well. 
 
As election season is in full swing, there is a lot at stake for us. 
There is an information gathering survey titled "Kurdish American 2016 Presidential Preference Survey" that only takes a couple minutes to fill out. 
The survey is confidential and purely for information gathering purposes. It can help us gauge the community's level of engagement with the U.S. Presidential elections. 
The survey is sponsored by Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights and VOKRadio (Voice of Kurdish American Radio for Democracy, Peace and Freedom).
The results will be publicized in mid August and will be made available for anyone to use in their analysis. 
So far more than 2000 people have viewed the survey and a couple hundred have responded. Not all those responses can be counted but it's a good start. 
Please take a few moments to fill this out:
Much due respect, 
 
Azad Moradian
Chair of Kurdish American committee for Democracy and Human Rights.
Los Angeles

 

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