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Trump Plans to Stop Arming Kurds in Syria.

President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to stop sending weapons directly to Kurdish militants battling Islamic State in Syria, dealing a political blow to the U.S.'s most reliable ally in the civil war.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Trump tells Turkish president U.S. will stop arming Kurds in Syria.

The pledge is expected to remove a major source of tension between the NATO allies, though it's likely to further anger the Kurds, who already feel betrayed by the United States.

- Washington Post - US

US to stop arming anti-IS Syrian Kurdish YPG militia - Turkey.

The US confirms making "adjustments" to support for Syrian groups, but does not name the YPG militia.

- BBC - UK

Pentagon likely to reveal real troop numbers in Syria.

, November 25 : In a major disclosure, the Pentagon is likely to announce that there are 2000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria, rather than the 500.Two U.S. officials detailed the new figure, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system has under-reported the size of forces on the Syrian ground, reported the ...

- Sify - IN

Trump tells Turkish president U.S. will stop arming Kurds in Syria.

The Trump administration is preparing to stop supplying weapons to ethnic Kurdish fighters in Syria, the White House acknowledged Friday, a move reflecting renewed focus on furthering a political settlement to the civil war there and countering Iranian influence now that the Islamic State caliphate...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Turkey: U.S. to stop arming Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States would no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

- The Daily Star - LB

Four key territorial challenges risk escalating Syrian conflict after fall of Islamic State's caliphate.

Key Points The Syrian government is unlikely to adhere to the Astana de-escalation zones agreement once it has fully re-established control over Deir al-Zour province. US-backed Kurdish components of the SDF are likely to hand control of Deir al-Zour's oilfields back to the Syrian

- Jane’s - US

Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria: U.S. officials.

The Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground. The U.S. military had earlier publicly said it had around 500 troops ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Turkey Says Trump Promises To Stop Arming Kurds In Syria.

The U.S. policy of supporting the Kurds in Syria has been a sticking point in U.S.-Turkey relations. The White House cited "pending adjustments" to military support provided to U.S. partners in Syria.

- NPR - US

Kirkuk residents demand truth about fate of their missing.

The families of people who have gone missing from Kirkuk and other disputed areas in Iraq over the past decade hope that the federal government retaking these areas will lead to more information on their fate.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Joe Robinson: Ex-soldier denies terrorism offences.

Turkish prosecutors allege the ex-British army soldier was a member of Kurdish group the YPG.

- BBC - UK

Trump said U.S. to stop supplying arms to Kurdish Syrian fighters: Turkish minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office during his call with Trump

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Turkey: US to stop arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Turkey says Trump told Erdogan weapons won't be supplied to Kurdish YPG

Turkey said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump told President Tayyip Erdogan he had issued instructions that weapons should not be provided to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, and that the Turkish government hoped to see that order carried out.

- The Daily Star - LB

Syria: media, Erdogan doesn't rule out contacts with Assad

Pro-Iranian TV, objective of détente is containing Kurds

- ANSA - IT

Erdogan says no contact with Assad regime 'at the moment'

ANKARA, Nov 24 — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there was no contact at the moment' between Ankara and the Syrian government despite both sides' opposition to Syrian Kurdish militia, in comments reported today. The Turkish...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Turkey: US to stop arming Syrian Kurds

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Turkey welcomes European Parliament decision to ban PKK-linked groups' access

Turkey has welcomed a decision taken by the European Parliament that denies terrorist organizations and related groups access to its premises.

- Hürriyet - TR

Students, colleagues commemorate teachers killed by PKK

Teachers killed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party were commemorated by their students and colleagues in two southeastern provinces to mark National Teacher's Day on Nov. 24.

- Hürriyet - TR

Turkish FM: PKK/PYD prevents return to Syria for Kurds

- Today.Az - AZ

Turkish FM: PKK/PYD prevents return to Syria for Kurds

Turkish foreign minister said late Thursday that the the YPG -- the military wing of the PKK/PYD terror organization -- was preventing Syrian Kurds from returning home, Anadolu reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

Curfew Declared in Diyarbakır's Silvan District

Due to planned military operations, curfew has been declared in some regions of Silvan district of Turkey's southeastern province of the predominantly Kurdish Diyarbakır.

- Bianet - TR

Kurdistan's Oil Exports Still Below Pre-Conflict Levels

Kurdistan's crude oil exports increased in the past couple of days, but oil flows are still well below the levels seen before the independence referendum in the semi-autonomous region that raised the tensions between the Kurds and the federal government in Baghdad. Kurdistan's oil flows rose to 270,000 bpd on Wednesday and ...

- OilPrice.com - US

No place for YPG in Syria solution: President Erdoğan

Ankara continues to rule out any place for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and its militia the People's Protection Units in any solution process in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated, after Turkey, Iran and Russia convened for a key summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Nov. 22.

- Hürriyet - TR

Syria congress to go ahead despite Turkey 'reservations' over Kurds: Kremlin

The Kremlin said Thursday Turkey's opposition to the participation of Kurdish militias in Syria's political process would not stand in the way of a peace "congress" Moscow is seeking to organise in the...

- Expatica - NL

From chaos to the provision of care in Iraq

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières Country: Iraq The ICU is the only one of its kind in Mosul. It's only a small unit with four beds, but it's the only chance a severely unwell patient has to survive. If it didn't exist, patients with severe health issues would die.Nicholas Papachrysostomou is Head of Mission of Médecins ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Syria congress to go ahead despite Turkey 'reservations' over YPG: Kremlin

The Kremlin said on Nov. 23 that Turkey's opposition to the participation of Kurdish militias in Syria's political process would not stand in the way of a peace congress' Moscow is seeking to organize in the near future.

- Hürriyet - TR

Syria congress to go ahead despite Turkey 'reservations' over Kurds: Kremlin

The Kremlin said Thursday Turkey's opposition to the participation of Kurdish militias in Syria's political process would not stand in the way of a peace "congress" Moscow is seeking to organise in the near future.

- The Daily Star - LB

Manus: Boochani arrest is an attack on press freedom

MEAA, the union for Australian media workers, stands in solidarity with Iranian-Kurdish journalist and regular contributor to Australian publications, Behrouz Boochani, who has reportedly been arrested today on Manus Island.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

IS insurgency exploits Baghdad-KRG conflict

Thousands of federal and Kurdish soldiers are pointing their weapons at each other, leaving volatile territory inadequately guarded and vulnerable to an emboldened IS insurgency.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

New group promotes Jewish-Kurdish alliance, Kurdish statehood

Jurist Alan Dershowtiz joins Jewish organization fostering Jewish-Kurdish ties, pushing for Kurdish statehood in northern Iraq.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

A Terrorist Attack in an Iraqi City has taken Dozens of Lives

At least 21 people have died and dozens were injured in a suicide bombing in a city north of the capital Baghdad, a spokesman for Iraq's police told AFP. The attack was car bomb. There are Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen in Tuz Hurmatu. In mid-October, Iraqi forces took the city from the Kurds in response to a referendum on ...

- Novinite - BG

Death toll from Iraq suicide attack rises to 36 people

Iraqi officials have increased the death toll from a suicide attack in a contested town claimed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region to 36 people, up from 32.

- The Daily Star - LB

Mass Grave of 73 Civilians Discovered in Northern Iraq

Iraqi forces on Tuesday uncovered a mass grave in northern Iraq, according to an Iraqi military officer. The grave contains the remains of 73 civilians' killed by ISIS militants in Sinjar, west of Mosul, Capt. Jamal al-Daoudi said. He said the victims included six children, 23 women, and 13 old men. The victims were Ezidis, ...

- Albawaba - UK

Kurds, Warning of Hostilities in Iraq, Appeal for a U.S. Envoy

The Iraqi Kurdish government has asked the U.S. to appoint a special envoy to mediate a deepening and potentially dangerous dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the semiautonomous Kurdish region, a top Kurdish official said Monday. Falah Mustafa Bakir, the head of foreign relations for Iraqi Kurdistan, told ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Bomb Kills at Least 20 in Iraq

At least 20 people were killed Tuesday when an attacker blew up a vehicle in an Iraqi town south of Kirkuk. Dozens more were wounded in the explosion, which hit a crowded market in the town of Tuz Khurmatu. The death toll is expected to rise, according to police and medical sources. There was no immediate claim of ...

- Voice of America - US

How to avoid an ISIS 2.0 in Iraq

With Mosul and other key cities now liberated from the horrible scourge of ISIS, Iraq stands at a crucial crossroads. Iraqis and Americans have squandered historic opportunities to build a new, stable and prosperous country together before. We must not let that happen again. The key danger, as before, is this: Extremism ...

- Brookings - US

Erdogan vows to act against US weapons to Kurds in Syria

Eve of meeting with Putin and Rouhani, 'arms against who?'

- ANSA - IT

What next for Syria's Kurdish-held territory?

Having greatly expanded their control into areas previously held by Daesh , the Kurds in the northeastern part of Syria must now consider their next move.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iraq suicide car bombing leaves 24 dead

, November 22 : At least twenty-four persons have lost their lives and over forty have been injured in a suicide car bombing in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu.A truck laden with explosives was detonated in a crowded marketplace, reported the Independent.At least 70 people had been admitted with injuries.According ...

- Sify - IN

Bombing in contested Iraq town kills 32 people

A suicide bomber detonated his pickup truck loaded with explosives, killing 32 people Tuesday evening at a marketplace in an Iraqi town contested by both the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional authorities, Iraqi officials said.

- The Daily Star - LB

Bombing in contested Iraqi town kills at least 32 people

A suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosives outside a market, killing at least 32 people in a town claimed by both the Iraqi government and the Kurdish region.

- FOX News - US

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in town north of Baghdad

KIRKUK, Nov 21 — A suicide car bomber killed at least 21 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad today, a security official said. Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Iraqi officials: Bombing in contested town kills 32 people

Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosives, killing 32 people at a marketplace in a contested town claimed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region.

- FOX News - US

Erdoğan questions increasing US military buildup in northern Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 21 questioned the increasing U.S. military buildup in northern Syria to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units militia.

- Hürriyet - TR

Large Operation Against ISIS in Hawija; 30 Killed in Iraq

Despite the "defeat" of ISIS/Daesh in Rawah last week, a major operation was conducted in northern Iraq, not far from Kirkuk. The post Large Operation Against ISIS in Hawija; 30Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

Two years later, aunt of drowned refugee child pleads for action

Vancouver, Canada, Nov 20, 2017 / 04:20 pm .- “We're still grieving” – these are the words of Tima Kurdi, the aunt of the young refugee boy who captured the world’s attention when he drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea two years ago. On Sept. 2, 2015, the haunting image of three-year-old Alan ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Families of Mosul extremists sent to Baghdad 'for expulsion'

About 300 wives and children of foreign extremists captured in Mosul have been transferred from northern Iraq to Baghdad "for expulsion to their home countries", an official told AFP on Monday. "This is the second wave of expulsions, and two or three more will follow," said Nureddin Qablan, deputy head of the Nineveh ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iraqi Forces Find Mass Graves In Oil Wells Near Kirkuk

Iraq's security forces have found mass graves inside oil wells in an area in northeastern Iraq close to the oil-rich Kirkuk, and they believe the bodies are of civilians executed by ISIS, a security source told local media on Monday. Iraq will now collect DNA samples to identify the victims, the security source told The ...

- OilPrice.com - US

South Iraq Oil Exports Close To Record High To Offset Kirkuk Drop

Between November 1 and 20, Iraq's crude oil exports from the south averaged 3.5 million bpd, up by 150,000 bpd from October and close to record highs, as Baghdad tries to offset the drop in exports from the northern route from Kirkuk to Ceyhan after Iraqi forces reclaimed control of Kirkuk oil fields from Kurdish forces in ...

- OilPrice.com - US

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