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“First Responder” White Helmets Reemerge as Experts in Defusing Explosives in Syria’s Afrin

    “First Responder” White Helmets Reemerge as Experts in Defusing Explosives in Syria’s Afrin

DAMASCUS, SYRIA – After being banned by the Kurds in 2015, the White Helmets – the controversial “humanitarian” group that exclusively accompanies particular Western and Turkish-backed terrorist groups – have announced their return to the city of Afrin. The move follows the city’s takeover by the Turkish military and Turkish-backed rebels linked to terrorist groups,…

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Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

    Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

AFRIN, SYRIA (Analysis) —  In less than two months since Erdoğan’s Operation Olive Branch kicked off, the Kurdish “Rojava Project,” which aims for a unified Kurdish-controlled area in northeast Syria, has been delivered a strong blow. Kurdish militias have shown their inability to unite in the face of Turkish aggression. Even with forced conscription by the…

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How Turkey Uses Kidnapping and Hostage Negotiations As Diplomacy

    How Turkey Uses Kidnapping and Hostage Negotiations As Diplomacy

ANKARA, TURKEY — Ever since a failed coup in July of 2016, the increasingly anti-democratic policies of the Turkish government under the leadership of President Recep Erdogan have become an embarrassment for the NATO member’s Western allies. While many people may be aware, at least to some extent, of the ongoing crackdowns inside of Turkey, few…

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Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups “Triangle of Evil”

    Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups “Triangle of Evil”

Egypt’s al-Shuruq newspaper, which tilts liberal and secular, reports on the press conference in Cairo conducted by neophyte crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 32 on Wednesday. Bin Salman said that the current “Triangle of Evil” [paraphrasing George W. Bush’s speechwriter David Frum] was Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups. He alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood had exploited…

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US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

  US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

AFRIN, SYRIA — On Saturday, Syrian news agency SANA reported that six men had been hospitalized after an alleged Turkish chemical weapons attack on a small town near the city of Afrin in Northern Syria. Jiwan Mohammad, the director of the Afrin Hospital, told SANA that the men’s symptoms were indicative of those experienced after contact…

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Kurds, Out of Options, Look to Syria’s Assad for Help

  Kurds, Out of Options, Look to Syria’s Assad for Help

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (Analysis) — The war in Syria has been relatively absent from media coverage in recent weeks following the declared victory of Syrian, Russian and Iranian militaries in their battle against the U.S.- backed rebels and terror groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda. Now Washington is changing its strategy to draw Syria further into chaos and…

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America, the Kurds, and History: Only a Pawn in Their Game

  America, the Kurds, and History: Only a Pawn in Their Game

The only thing that has ever been faithful to the Kurds is history: it has faithfully, without fail, betrayed them. The Kurds have been cast in the role of the pawn in powerful countries’ games of chess. They do much of the hard work only to be sacrificed when checkmate is in sight. Most recently,…

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Russian PM says Syrian conflict settlement is priority for Russia, Turkey

  Russian PM says Syrian conflict settlement is priority for Russia, Turkey

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted that the dialogue on the situation in Syria between Russia and Turkey has been

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Russian Ambassador: Moscow is waiting for Ankara’s official apology for the tragedy with Su-24

  Russian Ambassador: Moscow is waiting for Ankara’s official apology for the tragedy with Su-24

Russia is waiting for Turkey’s official apology for the downed Su-24. Punishment of guilty persons, compensation and regrets of the

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Middle East: On Saudi Arabia, Iran, The Killing Of Samir Kuntar And The Kurds

  Middle East: On Saudi Arabia, Iran, The Killing Of Samir Kuntar And The Kurds

By International Department of Republican Sinn Féin Following the killings of Hezb Allah member Samir Kuntar and Salafi jihadist Zahran

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