Once more, it seems the Yezidi-populated area Sinjar is under imminent threat – as it has been for quite a while. Sinjar has become a thorn in Erdogan’s eye, as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) has been operating there freely. Yet, this time, the threat seems larger than a sole Turkish invasion of PKK-controlled territory.... Continue Reading →
Iran als bergfort Om de positie van Iran in het Midden-Oosten goed te begrijpen, moet men niet alleen naar de religie, binnenlandse zaken of ingewikkelde buitenlandse politiek kijken, maar gewoon naar de topografie en geschiedenis. Een eenvoudige blik op de kaart toont al snel een aantal belangrijke feiten over het land. Iran is een zeer... Continue Reading →
Iraqi-Kurdish president Masrour Barzani asked Washington on Tuesday afternoon to station their troops on the border with Syria after yet another escalation between the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) and the KDP (Kurdish Democratic Party), as reported by al-Monitor. According to the KDP, the Syrian-Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units) tried to infiltrate their territory. This resulted... Continue Reading →
Yahoonews has published a long piece about the early 2020 murder of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the Iraqi resistance leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, written by Jack Murphy and Zach Dorfman. This article, based on interviews with 15 current and former U.S. officials executed by Jack Murphy (himself a US special forces vet), reveals... Continue Reading →
The first time I’ve ever personally experienced the weaponization of water in conflict was at the end of the summer, in North-East Syria, 2015. As Turkey decreased the water flow of the Euphrates river entering Syria, the local water committee would have to spread rations of water to the different cities and villages it served.... Continue Reading →
PDKI fighters marching through the streets On March 22, videos of PDKI fighters marching through the streets of the Kurdish city Shino/Oshnavieh appeared on social media. The day after, videos from border town Baneh’s countryside also appeared. The videos caused quite a lot of controversy. Some Kurds praised the fighters for their braveness, others worried... Continue Reading →
Where will Turkey strike next? Will it be Sinjar, Ayn-Issa, or Iraqi Kurdistan? Will Turkey make new enemies along the way?
Hedwig KuijpersOriginally published in Dutch. Sirwan Kasrayi (15), Ramyar Kawe (16, mentally handicapped), Aresh Danishwar (17) and Zanyar Enayati (17) went outside on a clear Wednesday night. At a picnic site in the mountains, they were recruited by PJAK. Two of the boys managed to escape, the other two are still missing. Much has been... Continue Reading →
Many questions remain unanswered about the al-Tanf United States base in the Syrian desert, that is called illegal by the Syrian government and Russia. Why is al-Tanf so important to the US? What are the US soldiers still doing there? Who else are hosted in the al-Tanf pocket? Why is ISIS growing again? Is al-Tanf really a launching pad for ISIS attacks in the region?
and other examples of the PKK Shadow Government running ‘Rojava’ The much-praised ‘Rojava’ project in North-East Syria has ridden most of its popularity in the West through their fight against ISIS and their ideology ‘Democratic Confederalism’, that promotes a form of grassroots governing by local people on the ground, structured from neighbourhood ‘communes’, to ‘city... Continue Reading →
"We may come there overnight, all of a sudden," Turkish president Tayyip Recep Erdogan said on Friday, when asked about a possible upcoming Turkish operation in Sinjar. This is the same phrase he has used before invading North-Syria. "Turkey is always ready to carry out joint operations against the PKK with Iraq but we cannot... Continue Reading →
Early this morning, I have received news that Mazloum Abdi’s mother Khaznah Haji Hussein has passed away at age 86. And I feel really bad to say it, but news reports of her passing away has confirmed my earlier research. I wish to express my condolences to the Abdi family. The death of Khaznah Haji... Continue Reading →