8-3-2014 – MESOP - A Kurdish group belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) were captured and arrested in Erbil by the Assayish, the Kurdish security forces.
„Christian members of PYD councils only represent themselvs“ Bishop HINDI
RADIO VATIKAN – 7-3-2014 – Die Christen in der Provinz Jazira im Nordosten Syriens sind gegen die Bildung einer autonomen Kurdenregion. Das sagte der syrisch-katholische Erzbischof von Hassakè-Nisibi, Jacques Behnan Hindo, dem vatikanischen Fides-Infodienst. „Jede Änderung dieser Art in der Region muss einvernehmlich von den drei Komponenten der örtlichen Bevölkerung gebilligt werden, also Kurden, Christen und Muslimen“, so der Erzbischof.
8-3-2014 – Ongoing fighting in Manbij between FSA/Jabhat al-Akrad and ISIS. Reportedly more than 3,000 Kurds displaced as a result of ISIS actions. Moreover, ISIS destroyed Sufi shrines in the city Welati. – Posted by Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Daily Star, Lebanon – 2014-03-08 UPDATED! – WASHINGTON — The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as Iran and Russia prop up President Bashar Assad’s regime and jihadist groups flood the battlefield, experts warned Thursday.- Assad has chosen a deliberate “Machiavellian strategy” of standing by while militant groups such as the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) flourish, leaving the U.S.-backed moderate opposition fighting on two fronts, lawmakers were told.
Kamal Chomani I think, unfortunately, PUK supports Rojava just b/c Rojava has conflicts with KDP as KDP’s relations with PUK are not good. If KDP-PUK relations become better, PUK turns against PYD as PUK’s support to Rojava seems to be more a tactical rather than to be strategic.
By Gönül Tol | Director of the Center for Turkish Studies – Middle East Institute | Mar 07, 2014 - A major political row between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and preacher Fethullah Gulen’s Islamic movement has been simmering in Turkey. The clash between the two former allies will have important implications at a time when Turkey appears increasingly vulnerable, with a war raging in Syria and the government facing fierce challenges from within. The rift will have an effect on a gamut of issues, from the “Kurdish opening” to upcoming local and presidential elections. The election cycle will kick off this month with local ballots followed by presidential and general elections in 2015.
8-3-2014 – PYD official: Progressive Party Switched Sides From Suleymaniyah (PUK – Talabani) to Hawler (KDP – Barzani): WELATI -
Aydar (PKK): Iran wants Kurds to align with Assad regime
“Iran called for the Kurds to align with the Assad regime. The Kurds rejected this… The purpose of the Iranian regime is to preserve Assad and fight the Sunnis, so they can leave Rojava be for a time. But if the regime achieves victory, Iran would support Assad in destroying Rojava.”
Behind the lines: Kurdistan emerges
By JONATHAN SPYER – 03/06/2014 - Top PKK official Zubeyir Aydar tells the ‘Post’ that “Kurdish sovereignty is on the way” and calls for “breaking the walls” between Kurds and Israelis. In late February, The Jerusalem Post spoke to prominent Kurdish leader Zubeyir Aydar in the Brussels offices of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK).