The family who drowned after the sinking of a refugee boat in the English Channel have been pictured – as a search for their missing 15-month-old baby continues.The bodies of Kurdish-Iranian Rasoul Iran-Nejad, 35, Shiva Mohammad Panahi, 35, Anita, nine, and Armin, six, have been found and identified, the BBC reports.Their 15-month-old son, Artin, is believed to be still missing. The family is believed to be from the city of Sardasht in western Iran, close to the border with Iraq.Rasoul’s brother told the channel he had sold all of his belongings and paid more than £20,000 to smugglers in a bid to secure a better future for his family.Pictures of the family have been shared publicly by a human rights organisation. تصاویری از اعضای خانوادە سردشتی کە در آبهای فرانسە غرق شدەاند https://t.co/KrHDJrFBLOpic.twitter.com/d4VN376ejb— Hengaw Human Rights Organization (@HengawO) October 28, 2020The tragedy is believed to be the single biggest loss of life during the current migrant crisis.More than a dozen people from the boat have been taken to hospitals in Calais and Dunkirk, according to the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.Charities say there is “no excuse for failing to act now” and called on the UK Government to create a legal route for refugees. Refugees charity Care4Calais said it was “utterly devastated”.Bertrand Ringot, the mayor of Gravelines, south-west of Dunkirk, described the deaths as “tragic”.He added that as the end of the Brexit transition period approaches, he will call for more security resources in the area around the port.Bella Sankey, director of Detention Action, said: “News that a child has died at sea while trying to reach safety in the UK is the horror that we dreaded would come.“Where is the decency and common humanity of the UK government?“How can they allow our children to perish in this way? It would be easy to create a legal route for refugees who reach northern France to seek asylum in the UK; there is no excuse for failing to act now.”Home secretary Priti Patel was strongly criticised earlier this year for suggesting sending in the Navy to stop refugees crossing the Channel, despite the fact the UK’s resettlement scheme has been closed since March – meaning there is no safe, legal route for refugees to reach the UK by other means.Mariam Kemple Hardy, head of campaigns at Refugee Action, said the incident was “absolutely heartbreaking”.She added: “Our thoughts are with the people caught up in this horrible tragedy, their families, and the rescuers.“No one wants to see people make dangerous crossings but the government’s hostile rhetoric does nothing to help.“It must stop trying to look tough and urgently create more safe and legal routes for people to seek sanctuary in the UK.”Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds tweeted: “This is an absolute tragedy. Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and people who have been injured.“It is a heartbreaking reminder of the human cost of this crisis.”Yvette Cooper MP, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: “This is truly awful news – and it is even more distressing that children should be involved in this tragedy.“The thought of children ending up in the cold waves is terrible.“These boats are incredibly dangerous. The criminal gangs who organise journeys in these precarious dinghies are profiting from putting lives at risk and from other people’s desperation.“The Home Affairs Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into Channel crossings and into the work that is urgently needed to prevent more lives being lost.”Related...
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wanted to assassinate Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, contradicting his own past denials that he had ever considered killing Assad and weakening his claim to be an anti-war president.“I would have rather taken him out. I had him all set,” Trump told ”Fox & Friends” in response to a question about Assad. Trump blamed his former defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, for holding him back: “Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general and I let him go.”The president is pitching himself as less hawkish than most politicians from both major political parties in his reelection bid, going so far as promoting an anti-immigrant Norwegian politician’s improbable nomination of Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. Trump’s campaign hailed the suggestion with Facebook ads, but misspelled the Nobel prize as Noble.That nomination ― the second for Trump by the same politician ― was already an absurd long shot, given the president’s brutal policies that have dramatically increased civilian casualties abroad as a result of US operations, and included troop buildups across the Middle East and enthusiasm for shows of force like dropping the so-called mother of all bombs in Afghanistan. The Assad boast is a reminder that the president’s claimed dovishness is far less consistent than his penchant for impulsive escalations that could have serious and worrying national security consequences ― and make war more likely.In trying to protect his family’s decades of authoritarian rule after popular uprisings began in Syria in 2011, Assad has repeatedly used chemical weapons against his own people and has killed tens of thousands of Syrians by other means. Trump considered the assassination in April 2017, after the first major Syrian chemical weapons attack of his presidency, journalist Bob Woodward revealed in a book published in 2018. “Let’s kill the fucking lot of them,” Trump said, per Woodward. He ultimately settled on a limited airstrike against Assad’s forces ― the first US intervention of that kind in the Syrian civil war.Trump deniedconsidering assassinating Assad after Woodward’s book came out, as did aides like then-US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Now he has undercut his own denial ― while boosting Woodward’s credibility as he defends his new book that says Trump knowingly misled Americans about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic and endangered millions of people. Earlier this year, Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a killing that past presidents and American allies had previously considered but judged too risky. His decision exacerbated a downward spiral in US-Iran relations that he triggered by withdrawing from an international agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear program, prompting the Islamic republic to expand its nuclear work beyond the limits of that deal and to weigh retribution with plans like a plot to kill the U.S. ambassador in South Africa recently revealed by Politico....caused over so many years. Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2020Trump ramped up tensions with Iran further on Monday night, tweeting: ”Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!”To the extent that Trump is wary of foreign entanglements, the president has made clear that his view is about what he perceives as priorities rather than concern for global peace or human rights. He began a withdrawal of American forces from Syria last year despite concerns from national security experts about possible devastating consequences for Kurds who helped the US fight the Islamic State ― then reversed course weeks later because he became convinced troops should stay “only for the oil.” When Fox host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump if he regretted not killing Assad, who has resumed using chemical weapons and widespread torture since the incident that prompted the president’s talk of an assassination, Trump answered: “I don’t regret that. I could have lived either way with that.”Later on Tuesday, Trump welcomed officials from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to the White House to formalise relations between the Jewish state and those two Arab nations. Trump and his supporters say those deals represent major progress toward broader peace in the Middle East. The Palestinians ― the main party in conflict with the Israelis ― and most outside analysts reject that claim.Related...
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Farhad Hamo was imprisoned by ISIS alongside fellow freelance journalist Massoud Aqeel in Syria in 2014. He was last seen in March 2015.
The earliest written reference to the Kurds goes back to the Greek historian and commander Xenophon and his book, “Anabasis,” which was written in the 4th century BC.He talks of the land of Carduchians (Kurds) and says: “There lives a wild tribe inhabiting the mountains.They are a fierce, war-loving race who had never been conquered.Once the Great King had sent into their country an army of 120,000 men, to subdue them, but of all that great host not one had ever seen his home again.https://www.arabnews.com/node/1703716
WASHINGTON: US authorities have said the body of militant Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea, as new information about the US special forces operation that prompted his death throughout the end of the week.See, more 39 bodies found in a truck container in southeast EnglandIS chief Baghdadi died; Official reportSyrian Kurds professed to be a key wellspring of the knowledge that drove Americans to Baghdadi following quite a while of following the man behind a five-year rule of fear crosswise over a lot of Iraq and Syria.Furthermore, an anonymous US military canine turned into an improbable legend of the strike, acquiring wounds as it pursued Baghdadi down an impasse burrow underneath his northwestern Syria den, where the activist blew himself and three kids up with a suicide vest.The US military relaxed in progress on Monday in the wake of dispensing with the originator and profound guide of the Islamic State (IS) gathering, topping a years-in length battle to pound the radical association that had at one point made a “caliphate” the size of England.
Trump - The president of the United States (U.S.) Donald Trump ensuring that the Leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in the attack U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria."He is sick and evil.A few hours later, militia YPG the Syrian Kurds said Islamic State spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, who is described as the right hand Baghdadi, was also killed in the attack of the combined separate by Kurdish forces and U.S. forces in northern Syria.The death of Baghdadi is a crushing blow for ISIS, which has been a mess and not have a leader penggganti.But the group that in the past proved resilient, continuing to increase or inspire attacks in the region and beyond despite the loss of most of its territory in the last few yearsBaghdadi has long been wanted by the United States, which offers a prize of US$ 25 million for his arrest.
Boris Johnson has called on Turkey to show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces in Syria.The Foreign Secretary said the offensive by the UK’s Nato ally was “one of the most worrying elements in the whole Syrian war”.His comments come just days after Briton Anna Campbell was killed fighting alongside the Kurdish militia in Afrin, northern Syria.Mr Johnson acknowledged that Turkey had a “legitimate right to defend itself” and “everybody understands” Ankara’s anxieties about the Kurdish PKK group which is considered a terrorist organisation.But Mr Johnson warned that fighting between Turkey and Kurdish forces could weaken the battle against Islamic State.He praised the “valuable” contribution made by Kurdish forces in tackling IS.
Thousands of pounds have been donated in memory of the first British woman to die fighting alongside Kurdish forces inA fundraising page was set up by a friend of Anna Campbell’s family after it emerged she had died in Afrin while fightingwith the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).The money will be raised to help support victims of the conflict and is expected to be donated to Kurdish organisations contributing to the cause, her family said.The 26-year-old, of Lewes, East Sussex, is the eighth Briton so far to have died in Syria while working alongside Kurdish militia.It is understood she was killed by a Turkish air strike.
A British woman fighting with a Kurdish armed unit has died in Syria, her father has said.Anna Campbell, from Lewes, East Sussex, died on March 15 in Afrin while with the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units, the YPJ, the BBC said.It is feared she was killed by Turkish air strikes.Campbell is the first British woman to have been killed in Syria with the YPG or YPJ.Campbell’s father, Dirk, told the broadcaster the 26-year-old “wanted to create a better world and she would do everything in her power to do that”.He added: “I told her of course that she was putting her life in danger, which she knew full well she was doing.
Dear Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister (UK)I write to you in your capacity as my local MP, and in your capacity as Her Majesty's Foreign Secretary, in light of the gravity of events that have erupted in the last couple of weeks in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq.Whilst I am extremely proud to be British, both born and raised in London, and devoted to the service of others, I am equally proud to be the son of refugees that originated from Kurdistan Region and understand my responsibilities to discharge my duty of raising awareness when there is injustice.I met & learnt from young and talented medical students, as well as the opportunity to visit universities including the American University of Duhok to see innovation & a society hungry to succeed.It is unfortunate but not surprisingly to see 'fake news' across social media regarding the Kurdistan Region leadership and people.In light of powerful neighbours, and the current economic situation this is not surprising albeit not a true reflection of the region, as testament to the 93% who voted YES in the regions referendum.
A century ago, the world reneged on a vow to give them their own state, carved from the carcass of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War.Saddam Hussein was so intent on Arabizing Iraq’s Kurdistan that he paid Arab families to unearth long-dead relatives and rebury them in Kurdish territory—creating evidence to claim Arab rights to the land.He also razed four thousand Kurdish villages and executed a hundred thousand of the region’s inhabitants, some with chemical weapons.In a historic but controversial referendum, more than ninety per cent of voters endorsed a proposal to secede and declare their own country.The world has resisted addressing the issue since the popular protests in 2011, known as the Arab Uprising, or Arab Spring, spawned four wars and a dozen crises.Meanwhile, the outside world has invested vast resources, with several countries forking out billions of dollars in military equipment, billions more in aid, and thousands of hours of diplomacy—on the assumption that places like Iraq, Syria, and Libya can still work as currently configured.
A London-based software developer and "hacker" has said he is under police investigation after going to Syria to fight against the Islamic State group.Amir Taaki, 29, a leading developer of online currency Bitcoin, was once named by Forbes as one of the most influential young people in technology.Mr Taaki told the BBC he returned to the UK from Syria in 2016 and has spent the past 12 months on police bail.The Foreign Office warns people not to travel to Syria for any reason."When I discovered Rojava [the term Kurds use to refer to northern or Syrian Kurdistan] I felt I had to go there," he told the BBC."At first, I was completely scared - I thought I was going to die.
A hacker in Turkey has been trying to encourage distributed denial-of-attacks by making it into a game, featuring points and prizes for attempting to shut down political websites.The DDoS platform, translated as Surface Defense in English, has been prompting other hackers in Turkey to sign up and score points, according to security firm Forcepoint which uncovered it.Users that participate will be given a tool known as Balyoz, the Turkish word for Sledgehammer, that can be used to launch DDoS attacks against a select number of websites.For every ten minutes they attack a website, the users will be awarded a point, which can then be used to obtain rewards.These prizes include a more powerful DDoS attacking tool, access to bots designed to generate revenue from click fraud, and a prank program that can infect a computer and scare the victim with sounds and images.The DDoS platform has been promoted on Turkish hacking forums, and the attack tool involved is designed to only harass 24 political sites related to the Kurds, the German Christian Democratic Party -- which is led by Angela Merkel -- and the Armenian Genocide, and others.
Turkey is reportedly blocking access to Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube following the arrests of at least 11 pro-Kurdish politicians.According to Internet monitoring group Turkey Blocks, access to these sites has been throttled at the ISP level and is apparently affecting "the majority of Internet users."Its most recent report, posted on Thursday night, says that almost all major ISPs—starting with national provider TTNet and Turkcell—are affected.Users of UyduNet and some smaller providers were apparently still online, at time of testing.TurkeyBlocks said: "Internet restrictions are increasingly being used in Turkey to suppress media coverage of political incidents, a form of censorship deployed at short notice to prevent civil unrest."Media reports have begun linking the outages to the arrests of Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, the co-leaders of the country's pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic party HDP .
Access to a popular social media sites including Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook is restrictedInternet users in Turkey have been experiencing severe difficulties accessing social media after the country was plunged into new turbulence by the detention of its main pro-Kurdish leaders, a watchdog said.The messaging service WhatsApp was not working, and users also reported severe problems accessing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites, Internet users said.Prime Minister Binali Yildirm did not directly confirm that blocks were in place but acknowledged that "from time to time for security reasons we can use such measures".The problems came after 11 MPs from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party HDP , including its co-leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas, were detained in an unprecedented crackdown.Shortly after the arrests of at least 12 legislators, as explosion hit Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly pro-Kurdish south-east region.
The Commission proposes that visa liberalization could interrupt the current in half the time, if you received a visa waiver country would start to backslide on the agreed terms and conditions. become Interior Minister meeting in Brussels on Friday, Peter Orphanage hold off the procedure exclusively as a good thing. Under the proposal, the schedule would shrink to three months. Turkey made substantial progress in The EU is currently engaged in negotiations on visa liberalization with Turkey, and visa-free regime should come into force in the summer. According to Peter Orpon currently seems that Turkey meets the criteria. On the basis of, inter alia, the Kurds are arrested, as well as suppliers.
Vigilante hacker considering much bigger cyberheist to make more donations to RojavaRebels in Syria fighting the Islamic State Isis appear to have a mysterious benefactor.A hacker going by the name of "Phineas Fisher" aka "Hack Back", who claimed responsibility for the breaches against the Hacking Team and Gamma Group claims to have donated $11,000 £8,000 stolen bitcoins to Rojava – a Kurdish region in northern Syria, located at the borders of IS Daesh controlled territory.The money was donated to a crowdfunding campaign called the Rojava Plan, which has been set up by the members of Rojava's economic committee and has been described by Fisher as "one of the most inspiring revolutionary projects in the world."@GammaGroupPR May 5, 2016Rojava, which has been cut off from foreign imports and trade due to the ongoing conflict with IS, has reportedly been at war to establish an independent Kurdish homeland.However, according to a report by the New York Times, Rojava, which is believed to be a haven for the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK – a group designated as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department – has found to have stark differences in ideology with IS, including following a constitution that decrees religious freedom and gender equality."We are part of the economic committee and do civil projects not military ones," said Rojava Plan's Deniz Tarî.