US flag flies in Syria’s Manbij despite pullout notice

The Stars and Stripes flutter above US armoured vehicles driving through drizzle in the Syrian city of Manbij, each visibly carrying an armed soldier on lookout duty, to the relief of local merchants who are fearing a new attack on the city as Turkey threatens a new offensive against the Kurdish forces controlling the area.

In Syria’s Manbij, civilians fear a new military offensive

Residents in Manbij in northern Syria are fearing a new attack on the city as Turkey threatens a new offensive against the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

In South-East Turkey, all Christians pray under one roof

In Diyarbakir, the main Kurdish city of South-East Turkey, there were once 46 churches. But today, only one remains open. The others are either destroyed or were closed by the government during clashes between Turkish army and the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party, the PKK. Chaldeans, Armenians, Assyrians and even some Muslims, all come together to celebrate Christmas mass in the Holy Virgin Mary church.

EU hopes jailed Kurdish leader will be freed ‘shortly’

The European Union on Wednesday expresses hope that Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas, who has been held for two years on terror charges, would be freed soon. SOUNDBITE

Kurdish women pedal, dunk, spike as Iraq’s top athletes

In Iraq, the toughest female competitors, best-equipped facilities and most experienced coaches are considered to be in the Kurdish-majority northern region.

Kurds near Turkey border dread fresh offensive

Syrian-Kurds living in the village of Ashma on the border with Turkey fear to leave their houses due to cross-border Turkish artillery fire targeting positions held by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main Kurdish militia in Syria.