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#Breaking: Just in - Reports that Kurdish led coalition SDF, YPG, and YPJ have captured the entire Tent city camp of #Baghouz, This is a major victory for the soldiers but the fight against #ISIS terrorists still proceeds in #Baghouz in #Syria.
#Update: This is the video footage of the last heavy clashes, in #Baghouz yesterday. When the Kurdish led coalition SDF, YPG, and YPJ have captured the entire Tent city camp from the last enclave battle victory, against #ISIS terrorists. Video: @SharifMugh
#Update: Some pictures taken today by #ANHA news, showing the scene in the entire Tent city camp in #Baghouz, being completely destroyed by Kurdish led coalition SDF, YPG, and YPJ forces.
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Sinjar’s #Yazidis and their #Arab and #Kurdish Sunni neighbours lived in peace until 3 August 2014. The date is scrawled on the city’s ruins. It is seared in memory. On that day, ISIS militants and their local Sunni supporters overran the district and surrounding areas.
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Massacres, forced conversions to #Islam, and kidnappings ensued. Militants took women and girls as sex slaves in a campaign of terror that #Yazidis describe as 74th attempt to annihilate them because of their faith.
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Like others be4 them,ISIS followers regard Yazidis as devil-& sun-worshipping apostates. Yazidism is a closed religion that forbids converts,enforces a strict caste system,brands followers who abandon it infidels&prohibits intermarriage with non-Yazidis,reinforcing its insularity
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#InternationalWomensDay was celebrated across #Rojava today - and all week.

We wanted to share some of the best reporting we've seen - short and in-depth, recent and older - that highlights the voices of Rojava's women and their leadership role in the society here.

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Kurdish academic @DilarDirik is an excellent source for getting a broader understanding of the realities and (geo)politics of Rojava.

As she points out here, a lot of reporting on Rojava's women gets it wrong, relying on tired stereotypes.

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aljazeera.com/indepth/opinio…
Sonja Ahmed's photo-essay for @CNN is one positive example.

The women of #YPJ have long made the headlines, but by travelling repeatedly to Rojava and foregrounding these women's stories, her piece adds something new to the conversation.

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edition.cnn.com/2019/01/27/hom…
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1. In 2017, @coalition spearheaded by #SDF liberated #Raqqa from #Daesh, Here's Maj. Gen. Jarrard, @SOJTFOIR responding to a question in a presser on total SDF causalities. #NuffSaid
via @YouTubeArmy @USSOCOM @SDCPress @barbarastarrcnn @rabrowne75
2. IN 2017 the @USMC moved M777 155 mm Howitzers into the field in Syria in support of the battle for #TabqaDam. Guns were deployed NNW of #Tabqa dam as I recall. Great video from @DVIDSHub via @YouTube #SemperFidelis
3. And one of my favorite memories of what was often a very sad five years was the Kurdish Navy relieving #Tabqa. Resulted in a strategic victory. IMO Tabqa would likely be Regime held now if they hadn't relieved it.
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1. Remember Kobane in 2014? A sense of hopelessness with #YPG & #YPJ soon to be overrun? We begged and @JohnKerry & @BarackObama and they took a gamble & despite Turkey's ire, began to support a mostly Kurdish force in Kobane. Soon they moved from victory to victory.
2. Arabs Christians and other soon joined and ISIS began to recede to a pocket in Syria's eastern Euphrates River valley. Today, Americans including our service members around the world will stop to watch the #SuperBowl. That will include our forces in NES (Syria).
3. And while we're watching the game, a force of #SDF #MMC @USSOCOM are closing in on the last #Daesh refuge in the Euphrates valley. The war to rid NES from ISIS was IMO among the greatest successes in US military history. @realDonaldTrump Don't screw it up. #GoPats
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1. I never really knew anything about the PKK until 2014 when @StateDept announced the @PYD #YPG #YPJ were on our team. Soon after that a period of ceasefire let the issue remain in the background. Then the PKK took credit for an attack that later it said it had not really done.
2. It was too late. Erdogan took advantage of it and after the purge in 2016 the blood lust took command over the Turkish psyche and domestic politics. I've been trying to learn the factual basis for recently putting rewards on the three PKK leaders. So far @StateDept dead air.
3. I have no doubt the Constitution authorizes laws that allow listing of foreign military groups that we sanction and work with an ally to defeat. The power is there. But the anti-terrorist statutes are or should be limited to actual terrorist organization. A group seeking to
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Statement regarding the first anniversary of attacks on #Afrin
January 20, 2019 | Press Releases

1-The great resistance and struggle of the peoples of western Kurdistan (Rojava) and Northern Syria has created a unique association within the community.
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2-Our struggle which started as a battle against #ISIS in west of #Kurdistan evolved into a revolution which has stood against all kinds of invasion attempts.
3-Spending all its energy trying to legitimize its #occupation of #Syrian lands, #Turkey has resumed its efforts to stop the progress our forces have made in west #Kurdistan and to undermine the democratic and revolutionary development of our people.
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Here's an updated thread of what to do as a westerner if you're worrying about another Turkish invasion of Syria.

#DoNotAbandonRojava #StopTurkeyDefendRojava #Twitterkurds #Syria #Rojava #DFNS #DefendAfrin #SDF #YPG #YPJ #QSD
The last few weeks have really underlined just how quickly the situation on the ground can change. Although the immediate disaster may have been averted, we should take this as a reminder to always be as organised and prepared as possible.
The US intervention has been nice, and it's allowed the liberation of North and East Syria to go much faster. That's saved countless lives. But the US was always an unreliable ally, and the current administration has never had a consistent or coherent policy on Syria.
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#SRO | ARCHIVES | EXCLUSIVE - After time to verify, #SRO can update #YPG - #YPJ control in N-W #Aleppo : were also controlling southern part of Ashrafiyah. A major update as ALL MAPS circulating for years were showing only north and west parts under #YPG :
ANALYSIS - Area shown here is Greek Syrian Hospital, near Mosque Saad ibn Waqqas. In front of them is the Zuhour area. Regime checkpoints can clearly be seen. It's a major update for 2013 period : #YPG were pushing deep inside regime territory, really more than we could imagine.
ADD.: in fact, #YPG - #YPJ were clearly advancing against regime in W-#Aleppo... when they were attacked in the back by Khaled Hayani-led coalition (including his hown Liwa Shuhada Badr, Liwa Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi...) in early september 2013.
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#SRO | THE POWER OF RUMOR - November 2, 2012, without verifying sources, #SOHR and some pro-#PYD accounts on social networks reported death of Nujin Derik (Shah Ali Abdo), an #Aleppo #YPJ commander, after clashes and capture by #FSA Liwa Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi in Ahsrafiyah (1).
#SRO | THE POWER OF RUMOR - In few hours, social networks sent thousands messages supporting the martyr. A day of protests was called by #PYD in all kurdish areas in honor of Nujin Derik. Few days after, she was released alive and came back in #Afrin (2) :
NOTE : so, when something is said in "Syria, it must be verified at any moment by all means we have. This exemple, as so many others, is showing how the rumor, more today with the power of social networks, is gaving us the obligation to follow strong rules for verifying.
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As we all know, our sweet Florent has left this earth.  Flo was a loving father, husband, son,brother and friend.  Florent touched our lives every day with his comical post, witty sense of humor and not to mention the debates. 
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Florent would have never wanted to leave his son Ari nor his wife Mel. We as his extended family or friends have decided a long with his family that Ari and Emela need our help.
If its for Ari’s bday, holiday, or just food or clothes. We can help. If Mel wants to buy shoes or a coffee, we can help.  

Flo didnt ask for much. Flo was there for everyone and now it’s our turn to be there for Flo.
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#SRO - If we compare Day 1 to Day 16, the onlyreal and interesting advances by #Turkey suppletives and tanks are Bersaya and Bulbul town. It took three weeks for that. The maximum advance "deep" is 5.5 km (1).
#SRO - In the same time, to compare, #Turkey, in three weeks of Euphrates Shield, took control of a city, #Jarablus, a town, #Rai and maximum extent deep of 11 km. #Turkey clearly believed #YPG were weak as #IS... What a mistake... (2).
#SRO - Pro or anti, we must see facts : the Olive Branch operation is turning into a little Viet Nam situation for #Turkey. Just remember #Turkey lost... 0 soldiers in three weeks of Euphrates Shield. It lost already 21 in three weeks of Olive Branch and only for hills... (3).
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#SRO - #YPG and #YPJ are showing impressive resistance at #Afrin borders. Pro-#Turkey activists recognizing it. Note Jaysh al-Thuwar and #SDF #FSAare still stationned at #Tal_Rifaat and Shahbah frontlines, so, not involved (1).
#SRO - #YPG and #YPJ had years to prepare themselves to this expected move by #Turkey. But if we note the #YPG resistance is strong, yes, the #Syria'n mostly turkmen factions are also so... weak. Without #Turkey Leopard and airstrikes, no advances (2).
#SRO - #Turkey don't want to involve its own forces at frontlines, still keeping them at borders (only tanks crews are killed for now) but it will be forced to. The fact is that their turkmen suppletives are showing no capacity to lead the fight (3).
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1. Afrin Syria Saturday am 20 Jan. I can't confirm this report but it would not surprise me. I've followed the #YPG & #YPJ since Fall 2014. I note equipment changes Kept count of force size. Posted dozens of clips of every @CJTFOIR presser on my YouTube channel. Afrin
2. Afrin was always a black box. I saw what appeared to be US small arms with Afrin YPG in contrast to the SDF forces in the rest of Syria. Possible they were beneficiaries of CIA Train & Equip debacle. Won't report estimates of force size but by 2016 it was already large.
3. One thing I observed starting in #Kobane and continuing on uninterrupted is when #Kurds capture weapons and arms they police it up, inventory it and put it to use. Neat rows of weapons and ammo. Documented each time with video and photos. I've seen many dozens of such posts.
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#Afrin Offensive about to oppose:
- Turkish Army (#TSK) & National Army (ex-#EuphratesShield, mainly #FSA)
- People/Women's Protection Units (#YPG/J) + allies & #Syria|n Democratic Forces (#SDF)
#Afrin Offensive: following weeks of #TSK reinforcements near border with #Syria but also in Syria itself (N. #Aleppo & N. #Idlib), #FSA-led National Army started also to mobilize. Multiple convoys moving.
#Pt. National Army (incl. #FSA 23rd Division) preparing for #Afrin Offensive (#AfrinOp) near border with #Turkey.
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