The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blast targeted a convoy of the U.S.-led coalition and U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters
Kurdistan is a region straddling northern Iraq, Western Iran, eastern Turkey and parts of Syria and Armenia. Some 30 million Kurds inhabit the region, and have struggled for decades recognition, influence, and an independent nation-state.
Israel was the lone regional voice supporting an independent Kurdistan, while the U.S., U.K. and Russia favored a unified Iraq as well. "A stable and unified Kurdish entity in the middle of this swamp, is not a bad idea," Netanyahu said in September. The prime minister added that while Israel sees the Kurdish guerillas PKK as a terrorist organization, "it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state."
After the referendum, the Iraqi government led a military campaign to retake areas held by the Kurds, the city of Kirkuk becoming the initial flashpoint. After several military defeats the Kurds have largely backed down in their bid for independence and have yet to declare their own state.
The YPG fear the U.S. withdrawal will open the way for a threatened Turkish attack into northern Syria, including Manbij
Erdogan's spokesman fires back: 'Terrorists can't be your partners and allies'
Washington has repeatedly said its Kurdish allies will remain safe despite the withdrawal
'It's important that we do everything we can to ensure that those folks that fought with us are protected,' secretary of state says in Iraqi Kurdistan, amid Turkish threats
Over the past century, Kurds have gotten close to setting up their own state or autonomous regions on several occasions, only to have their dreams shattered after being abandoned by world powers
Erdogan Calls Kurdish Fight Against ISIS 'Huge Lie' - Hours After Deadly ISIS Bombing on Kurdish Base
Islamic State said one of its suicide bombers killed some people on Monday at a military base in Syria's Raqqa city, which is under control of a U.S.- backed and Kurdish-led militia
'Elements of U.S. administration are saying different things,' Turkish president tells lawmakers, after Trump aide said Syria pullout was conditioned on Turkey ensuring the safety of Kurdish fighters
Speaking to The Associated Press from northern Syria Monday, Badran Jia Kurd says the Kurds have not been informed of any change in the U.S. position
In recent days, Trump appeared to back off from any hasty pullout from Syria and stressed that the operation would be slow
By applauding Trump gifting northern Syria to a theocratic, tyrannical Erdogan, fatuous self-styled 'anti-imperialists' are complicit in the torture, abductions, killings and ethnic cleansing of Kurds that will follow
Main Kurdish militia invited government to seize the town in order to prevent a Turkish attack in wake of U.S. decision to pull out of Syria ■ Kremlin welcomes move, as U.S.-led coalition says announcement is 'incorrect'
Trump’s decision lets the Turks take over more Kurdish areas, while Russia and Iran can breathe a sigh of relief and go ahead with their own plans
Without U.S. soldiers as a buffer, the Kurds are now stuck between Turkey, Assad and ISIS
With memories of ethnic cleansing fresh in their minds, residents tell Haaretz they fear the U.S. military pullout will create a security vacuum
Trump's move stunned U.S. lawmakers and allies and upends American policy in the Middle East. For NATO ally Turkey, however, the news is likely to be welcome
Not only will Iran and Syria portray Trump's decision as a resounding victory – the pullout will also be viewed as a stab in the back of the Kurdish minority
Decision on pullout follows Trump's talk with Erdogan ■ All State Department personnel to evacuate in next 24 hours ■ Netanyahu informed by Trump two days ago, says Israel will fend off repercussions
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured the town of Hajin over the weekend, the largest urban area controlled by ISIS in the enclave
Second attack on Thursday kills at least three civilians and one Turkish soldier
Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria policy, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State
Turkish President Erdogan has threatened more military action in Syria
Some 150 minors belonging to suspected French Islamist militants, most of whom are under the age of six, are held by Kurdish forces in Syria
Observers believe at least 10 U.S.-allied fighters and 18 ISIS militants were killed in the ongoing fighting
Kurdish-led forces control about one quarter of Syria
Four of the soldiers were killed at the site while three others died of their wounds while hospitalized
The secretary-general of the separatist group, Mustafa Mawludi, and his predecessor, Khalid Azizi, were wounded, Kurdish satellite news channel Rudaw reports
Under recent deal with U.S., the YPG would withdraw from Manbij and Turkish and U.S. forces would maintain security and stability around the town
A combative president, Erdogan enjoys considerable support in the conservative and pious heartland, having empowered previously disenfranchised groups
According to the Turkish government, troops are also advancing towards the Qandil mountains