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Photo of the Day: Kurdish sisters Siti (L), 54, and Qumri Youssef, 50, weave carpets with a traditional loom inherited from their ancestors, at home in Kerzero (Tall Adas) village, in the countryside of Rumaylan in Syria's Kurdish-controlled northeastern…

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#Turkey ’s gambit to undermine U.S.-brokered 2019 cease-fire in northeaster #Syria  could strengthen its position on battlefield, & increase the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)’s reliance o #Russia  and the Syrian government. Read more here:

While claiming loyalty to the ruling party, Turkish nationalist leader Devlet Bahceli is squeezing the president by demanding the outright banning of the pro-Kurdish HDP by @amberinzaman 

Catch up with our podcast series I’m Not A Monster about how an American family ended up in the heart of ISIS. Episodes 5 and 6 are out now – @AlexeiBaker  has tracked down the family being held by a Kurdish militia in Syria.

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#NEW 📌Turkey's nationalists threaten AKP alliance with calls to ban pro-Kurdish party - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir ez-Zor province has released at least eight detainees it previously arrested in the region, a monitor said on Thursday.

Another Kurdish porter, better known as Kolbar, was wounded by the Iranian border guards on Thursday.

#LIVE  : @SecPompeo  says US imposing sanctions on two Iran-based#AlQaeda  leaders, three leaders of kurdish'>Al-Qaeda Kurdish battalions

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The Kurdish areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad are not ready for the forthcoming snap elections in Iraq, said a member of #Kurdistan  Region Parliament. #Kirkuk  #Iraq 

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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.

Spoke to a professor with deep connections into Kurdish leadership in Syria. I asked him about the mood there after Trump announcement, his answer sent chills: Hurt, betrayed, and angry. They'll all be dead soon...

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.”

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.

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