The Iranian and Syrian military chiefs were speaking after a meeting in Damascus that also included their Iraqi counterpart
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.
Syria's Kurdish leaders hope for a political deal that would safeguard their autonomy and shield their region from Turkish attack
The footage shows fighters firing machine guns at ISIS-controlled territory as a large explosion took place and fires were burning in distance
Turkey's hatred of the Kurds means we have been shut out of international efforts to find a political resolution to the conflict in Syria
The women and children are among thousands of civilians who emerged in the past few days from the last speck of territory held by Islamic State
Explaining his group's plan to continue evacuating civilians from final ISIS stronghold, a spokesperson for the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces vowed not to end 'moral victory over Daesh with a massacre.'
Poised to complete civilian evacuation of last ISIS stronghold, Kurdish forces say even small American presence will stabilize turbulent region
On the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, leaders of the insurgency outline vision of 'radical decentralization'
'There are fears over the lives of thousands who are stranded,' head of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says
Offensive begins after more than 20,000 civilians evacuated from last pocket the terror group holds in the east of the war-torn country
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces says it also captured a Saudi Arabian and an Egyptian
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
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