Category Archives: YPG

YPG: A call to all the Kobani protestors in Europe

By Redur Xelil: On behalf of the fighters of People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women Protection Units (YPJ) and all the defenders of the city of Kobani, we salute you. We ask you to be vigilant during your protests and all activities that you are holding for Kobani. Please only unfurl YPJ and YPG flags…

Between Iraq and a Hard Place

By Glenn M Stewart B.A. M.A. Oxon: The approval given by the Turkish parliament to allow Turkish troops to conduct military operations against the Islamic State should be seen as a complex and disingenuous policy. Several political considerations will pull Turkey in different directions. Their support of the US led coalition will not be straightforward…

Women’s Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria

Press Release: We are deeply concerned that a massacre is about to take place in the Kobanê canton of Rojava, the autonomous Kurdish region of Syria. Here, the Kurdish forces, the YPJ and YPG (the women’s and men’s units of the Peoples Defence Force) have been resisting attacks from brutal ISIS gangs and al-Qaeda affiliated groups,…

Will the West betray Kobanê? Salih Muslim calls for immediate action to prevent genocide

KT News: Salih Muslim, leader of the PYD (Democratic Union Party) has called on the USA, NATO, the UN and EU to act immediately to prevent a genocide against Kurdish people in Kobanê. “It seems that all international forces are decided on the fall of Kobanê”, Muslim said. The air strikes of the US-led coalition have…

‘Kobanê is in danger … We call on American forces to hit ISIS positions’: YPG

KT News: YPG leaders have again called for US and allied forces to carry out air strikes on ISIS positions that are getting closer to the Kurdish city of Kobanê. Ocalan Iso, deputy leader of the YPG Kurdish forces defending Kobanê, told Reuters that more ISIS mercenaries and tanks had arrived since the U.S.-led coalition began…

US should bomb ISIS positions on the Kobanê front: YPG

KT News: ISIS has responded to the US air strikes in Syria by sending more of its mercenaries to Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) to join the attack on the Kurdish city of Kobanê.  “There is a redeployment of (ISIS) from areas that have been hit in the air strikes by the alliance countries towards our areas,”…

Rojava Kurd resistance continues; if necessary we will drown ISIS with our blood says Kobanê leader

KT News: Rojava Kurds are continuing to fiercely resist the offensive by ISIS (‘Islamic State’). Pro-Kurd YPG/YPJ forces killed 18 jihadists in fighting last night, reports the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The ISIS offensive is the latest and biggest in two years of attacks on Rojava. This time ISIS are using heavy weapons…

Islamic State in Şengal: How PKK and YPG taught Barzanî what ‘independence’ really means

By Dilar Dirik: This article first appeared on Kurdish Question One day, the world woke up and suddenly realized that a religious community called the Yezîdîs exist and that a radical jihadist group called the Islamic State, IS, (formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is slaughtering people in Iraq. Apparently, the…

YPJ Kurdish Women Fighters: A Day in Syria

Film by Rozh Ahmad: Women fighters of the pro-Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina Jin (Women Protection Units: YPJ) tell their stories about why they joined up, the experience of combat and what they are fighting for in this women-only militia amidst the civil war in Syria. KT Comment: This is Rozh Ahmad’s remarkable and moving short documentary about…

IS guilty of sexual violence against women and children says UN

KT News: The ‘Islamic State’ group (IS, also known as ISIS) has been accused by senior United Nations (UN) representatives of systematic sexual violence and child abuse, among its other barbaric acts, in Iraq and Kurdistan.“We are gravely concerned by continued reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys…

KNK dossier: ISIS attacks and Kurdish resistance in Kurdistan

By the KNK (Kurdistan National Congress): Download the dossier Introduction In this dossier we wish to share with you important information about the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq. As you will gather from this information there is a great war happening in the Middle East and especially throughout Kurdistan. The report also shows that…

Who will defend the KRG in the south of Kurdistan?

By Mufid Abdulla: When the war broke out in June, and the ‘Islamic State’ group (IS) captured Mosul and advanced across swathes of Iraq, Masud Barzani the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the president of Kurdistan was abroad. He didn’t bother to abort his trip. The ruling KDP wasn’t too disturbed by…

UN warns of ‘humanitarian tragedy’ following fall of Sinjar

KT News: The UN has urged the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraq central government to cooperate fully to deal with the latest humanitarian crisis, after the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) captured the town of Sinjar, west of Ninawa. “A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Sinjar,” the Special Representative of the UN Secretary…

Kurd YPG wins battle, ‘capturing several ISIS jihadist positions’

KT News: Kurdish forces in Rojava (north east Syria) have captured several positions of the ISIS jihadists, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which says 35 jihadists and 15 members of the pro-Kurd People’s Protection Units (YPG) were killed in the fierce fighting. Kurdish fighters took several hills during the battle, which ISIS had previously…

YPG: Victory will be ours

By Rojava Report: YPG Commander Sipan Hemo marked the second anniversary of the Rojava Revolution by pledging victory to his people, saying “our promise to our people is victory…thanks to our martyrs we are making history” – according to a report written by Seyit Evran for ANF and carried by Özgür Gündem. Rojava Will Be…