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"We asked Kurdish forces weeks ago if they had a contingency plan in regard to the coronavirus and ISIS prisoners. They said it was not on their agenda"

CORONAVIRUS Russian military vehicles patrol as Kurdish health workers test travelers in Qamishli, Syria Monday. Syria's northeast Kurdish region is controlled by warring parties including Kurdish militias, Turkey and Russia. Syria has 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases. (VOA)

#AMAY | #Syria  prison riot highlights #Kurdish  forces’ struggle with IS combatants

CPJ's safety advisory for covering #COVID19  is available in: RussianTurkishArabicKurdishFarsi More languages available:

In #Idlib ,where there are suspected #COVID ー19 deaths, one doctor told me “All we have is oxygen tanks & painkillers” to fight virus. In Kurdish-held NE #Syria  where the sole UN aid crossing is shut they have no tests &12 ventilators for millions of people

@KaderAriz  I don't speak any Kurdish dialect alas.Nor do many Kurds in Turkey because of assimilation policies/state bans on Kurdish language education. I certainly wouldn't call myself an "expert " on anything.But I can say with some degree of confidence that I feel competent on the issue.

Meet a woman who helped bring down ISIS. Commander Nesrin Abdullah, a Kurdish woman, began organizing the Women’s Protection Unit in 2011:


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I just spoke to a distraught US Special Forces soldier who is among the 1000 or so US troops in Syria tonight who is serving alongside the SDF Kurdish forces. It was one of the hardest phone calls I have ever taken. "I am ashamed for the first time in my career."

Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.

We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters. Likewise our relationship with Turkey, a NATO and Trading partner, has been very good. Turkey already has a large Kurdish population and fully....

Thank you General Mazloum for your kind words and courage. Please extend my warmest regards to the Kurdish people. I look forward to seeing you soon. @mustefa2bali 

Kurdish'>Syria Kurdish official told us, reacting to Trump’s overnight decision.  “The Americans are traitors. They have abandoned us to a Turkish massacre. We can no longer fight against isis and have to defend ourselves. This could allow isis to return to the region.”

@realDonaldTrump  is flailing. Reversing sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America’s foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike.

Kurdish commander Gen Mazlum Kobane makes an urgent appeal, telling @NBCNews  Syria's Kurds face what could become “the biggest ethnic cleansing operation of the 21st century... happening in front of the American army's eyes.” He blames Turkey and Trump. Coming up @NBCNightlyNews 

Read the fine print: Turkey gets Syrian Kurd land he’s wanted for years. Kurdish fighters have to disarm and get out. Russia gains influence. ISIS does what it wants. Trump cancels sanctions on Turkey. Art of the deal!!! If you are Erdogan

Syria is complicated, but this is simple. A week ago, our Kurdish partners were secure, ISIS was at bay, and hundreds of their fighters were detained. Then the President talked to Erdogan late one night, and disaster was unleashed. Now we’re scrambling to contain the damage.

A sr military official told me US special forces troops distraught, upset, morally disturbed by having to tell their kurdish allies in Syria that, because of orders, their promises of defense won’t be kept.