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    Prompted by the next post I have merged eleven threads, all SWJ Blog posts, to this thread. The title was Turkey, the PKK, Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan (merged thread) and has been amended to show a wider subject.
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    Default Iran's jihadi gambit

    I don't think there have been posts on the Iranian Kurds, so this lengthy article helps to explain the history and the often ambivalent tance of the Iranian regime. Sub-titled:
    A history of support for Kurdish extremists comes back to haunt Tehran
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    Below the surface, though, a lingering fear persists: Is Tehran finally serious about confronting its jihadi menace? Or is this crackdown, like so many before it, only temporary?
    Link:https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/ori...#disqus_thread
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    Turkey says it’s talking to the Americans. The U.S. says it’s talking to the Turks. Politicians and generals in the two countries are in almost constant communication, judging by their public comments.

    There’s no indication that any of this talk has resolved the fundamental argument that’s threatening to bring NATO’s two biggest armies into direct conflict in northern Syria.
    When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an offensive there last month against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, he started in an area where American troops aren’t embedded with their allies.

    But he said the operation will soon extend further east, to the town of Manbij, where they are. “We’ll press against terrorists without taking into consideration who’s next to them,” Erdogan said Jan. 30. Several ministers have made the same point.
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    Bonus video: A female Kurdish fighter of the YPJ uses a Russian-made ATGM to destroy a Turkish Leopard 2 tank in the battle for Afrin.

    https://www.funker530.com/girl-destr...-leopard-tank/
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    Default Iran faces new threat as Kurdish jihadis join IS in Afghanistan

    An interesting article on how radicalised Kurds from Iran are emerging as a regional threat and within Iran. Note there is an earlier post on this subject by the same author.
    Link:https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/ori...ihadists.html?
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    Default The Kurds After the ‘Caliphate’: How the Decline of ISIS has Impacted the Kurds

    An ICSR (Kings College) report:
    While the so-called Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’ was in ruins by the summer of 2017, Kurdish fortunes appeared to be on the ascent. Nevertheless, little over a year after the supposed ‘fall of the caliphate’, both Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish aspirations have been severely tested.
    Rather than delivering the desired popular mandate needed to negotiate independence, the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum of 25 September 2017 backfired. The military and political power that the Syrian Kurds had gained while fighting ISIS has been endangered, whether due to Turkish armed intervention or the possibility that they could lose the U.S.-led coalition’s backing.
    In this report, ICSR Research Fellow John Holland-McCowan seeks to highlight some of the key developments for the Kurds of Iraq and Syria as the so-called Islamic State has declined over the past year, as well as hypothesise what may lie ahead.

    Link:https://icsr.info/2018/10/10/the-kur...raq-and-syria/
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