The clashes around Kobane between the YPG and the Islamic State have increased in recent weeks. The IS assault is threatening to topple the autonomous Kurdish canton. Today, I speak with Isabel Hunter, an independent journalist based in Gaziantep, about the situation on the Turkish-Syrian border and the on-going clashes between the two groups.
Eliot Higgins takes a look at the use of open source information in examining conflict zones in this 25 minutes video presentation.
What is the current situation in Rojava? Does the border between Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan exist anymore? How deep are the divisions in Kurdistan? What does the YPG think of their Peshermga cousins? What role do regional powers play in Kurdish politics? And what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?
What is Turkey’s current policy towards the PKK? How are PKK fighters moving from Turkey to Rojava? What is the current state of the border areas near the Turkish town of Karkamis? Today, Aaron is joined by Gaziantep based journalist Isabel Hunter to discuss these issues.
In this joint Turkey Wonk and Brown Moses Podcast, Aaron Stein and Eliot Higgins discuss the August 21st chemical attacks, from the first moments of the attack to the debate about who was responsible for the attacks.