Turkish attacks on North Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq were discussed by MEPs and European Commission representatives, who urged the European Union to increase pressure on Turkey to “end its attacks”.
Joint anti-ISIS operations have resumed between the Syrian Democratic Forces and US-led coalition forces, and three ISIS members were arrested in recent raids. Operations were suspended during Turkey’s airstrikes in November.
As uprisings continue in Iran, Tehran alone has seen 400 protesters sentenced to jail. 160 received sentences between 5 to 10 years. Country-wide, at least 14,000 arrests are estimated at be made since protests began in September.
Turkey and Iran have both been named among the top 5 jailers of journalists in the world by the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists. The total number of journalists held in Turkey rose from 18 in 2021 to 40 in 2022, after 25 more Kurdish journalists were arrested later this year.
Intellectuals from across Europe have penned an open letter calling on British Priminister Rishi Sunak to publicly condemn Turkey and Iran’s attacks on the Kurds, specifically drawing attention to Turkey’s bombing of civilian populations.
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