Iran-backed militia simultaneously targets Erbil airport, where US troops stationed and a Turkish base in Bashiqa near Mosul tonight; at least one rocket landed near the airport and three rockets landed near the Turkish base, a 12-year-old civilian girl is reportedly injured.
The Turkish defence ministry says one Turkish soldier has been killed in the rocket attack on their base in Bashiqa near Mosul in northern Iraq.
Quick notes:

- KDP's increasingly public anti-Iran stance & PMF, esp following the Iranian movie about Masoud Barzani, is a huge mistake that KRG can ill-afford.

- US is unlikely to effectively respond to Iran's increasing attacks judging by their response to the other attack.
- Many feared the Iranian regime will get out of the ‘maximum pressure’ stronger unless the US has a comprehensive, long term strategy.

- The simultaneous attacks on Erbil and the Turkish base will likely push KDP even closer towards the Turkish regional orbit.
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26 Mar
There is only one article, as far as I can tell, about KDP-PKK dynamics in the mainstream US media and it is full of inaccurate and very biased reporting that makes it hard to take anything they say re: Kurds seriously. I will spell it some of them:…
1. Here, @shellykittleson cites my tweet to say PKK has 37 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan while the tweet actually says TURKEY has 37 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan. How can one make such a basic mistake?
2. @shellykittleson claims Iraq had deployed 6000 additional soldiers to Sinjar citing AKP’s Daily Sabah which is again outright inaccurate. Iraq has never had more than 2500 soldiers in Sinjar since 2017. After Sinjar Agreement, Iraq only deployed 1000 troops (+ had 1500 there):
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22 Mar
Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) said in a statement they’ve celebrated Newroz in several areas in Afrin.

1. Barzani appears to have agreed to legitimise the status quo in Afrin in return for KNC opening offices there
2. PYD-KNC talks practically dead.

Sharran in NW Afrin:
Here is more background on the meeting between Barzani and head of Syrian opposition in early March:
PYD leader Aldar Khelil appears to refer to the normalisation by KNC in Afrin:
“It is not possible to agree given what happened to Afrin. We cannot accept it.”
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21 Mar
Massive HDP-led Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakir/Amed amid Turkish government’s attempt to limit the party’s legal politics:

Thousands of the party’s members, leaders, MPs and mayors are already in prison.
HDP-led Newroz celebrations in the city of Wan:

HDP-led Newroz celebrations in the city of Cizre:

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20 Jan
In the third anniversary of Turkish incursion into Afrin:

- At least 100,000 Kurds have been displaced.
- 200,000+ Arabs, mostly from East Ghuta were brought in.
- 1000s of Turkmen in.
- Over 3000 cases of kidnapping & abuses.

The city’s demography has been completely altered.
Facts about Afrin pre-2018:

80-90% of the population was Kurdish
10-20% were Arabs
1% Turkmen and Arminians

The Afrin region boated more than 13 million olive trees.

Afrin contained the lowest number of mosques in Syria (for socio-historical reasons).

All this has changed.
Afrin, pre-2018:

There were 360 Kurdish villages in the canton;
- It is the most densely Kurdish populated part of Syria;
- There is Roman ruins of Cyrrhus which at some point became an important centre for Christianity;
- There is also pyramid-roofed tomb of Uriah the Hittite.
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