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Alliance of militias fighting against ISIL and other extremists in the Syrian Civil War

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Syrian Democratic Forces: Alliance of militias fighting against ISIL and other extremists in the Syrian Civil War
The Syrian Democratic Forces, commonly abbreviated to SDF, HSD, and QSD, is an alliance in the Syrian Civil War composed primarily of Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian/Syriac militias, as well as some smaller Armenian, Turkmen and Chechen forces. The SDF is militarily led by the People's Protection Units (YPG), a mostly Kurdish militia. Founded in October 2015, the SDF states its mission as fighting to create a secular, democratic and decentralized Syria. The updated December 2016 constitution of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) names the SDF as its official defence force.

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U.S. has no intention of ending alliance with Syrian Kurdish fighters: official

The United States has no intention to end its alliance with Syrian Kurdish SDF militia, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, effectively pushing back on Ankara's demand that Washington..
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U.S. forces seen near Turkish border for patrol in northeast Syria: witness, SDF source

U.S. forces in armored vehicles were seen on Thursday near the Syria-Turkey border in a part of northeastern Syria where they had not been observed since the United States announced a decision to..
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Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria [Video]Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces to ensure that the oil did not fall into the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:00Published

Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises' [Video]Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises'

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had pulled out all its fighters from the border town of Ras al Ain, while Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey expects the US to..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published

Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds [Video]Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday said Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

Trump hopes for mediator role between Turkey and the Kurds [Video]Trump hopes for mediator role between Turkey and the Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey's offensive on U.S.-allied Kurds in northeast Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter..

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Analysis: The potential impact of Turkey's offensive against the SDF [Video]Analysis: The potential impact of Turkey's offensive against the SDF

Residents of northeastern Syria are fleeing after Turkey launched a new military offensive against Kurdish-led fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 13:21Published

Analysis: Turkey's new offensive against Syria's Kurdish-led SDF forces [Video]Analysis: Turkey's new offensive against Syria's Kurdish-led SDF forces

Turkey has launched a long-threatened military operation in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a "safe zone" to resettle millions of Syrian refugees.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 10:44Published

Turkey says to launch military incursion in northern Syria [Video]Turkey says to launch military incursion in northern Syria

President Tayyip Erdogan says Turkish forces will intervene in northern Syria, after warning the United States it had done too little to expel its Kurdish allies from the border area. Lucy Fielder..

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Syria's SDF says its intelligence helped locate Baghdadi

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took place after its intelligence pinpointed his location.
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Syrian Kurdish forces say leaving Turkish border area, Damascus welcomes move

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had agreed to withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should..
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Syrian government welcomes SDF withdrawal from border: SANA

The Syrian government welcomed the withdrawal of Kurdish-led forces in the north 30 km from the border, state news agency SANA said, citing an official foreign ministry source.
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Syria's SDF worked on five-month joint operation to eliminate Baghdadi: commander

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been working for five months as part of a joint operation to eliminate Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, its commander said on Sunday.
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Syria's SDF says it will redeploy from Turkey border under Russia deal

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it agreed to re-deploy away from the Syria-Turkey border, in accordance with an agreement brokered by Russia in Sochi earlier this week.
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Syria's Kurdish-led SDF says worked with U.S. on successful anti-Islamic State operation

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday they had worked with the United States on a "successful" operation against Islamic State, in an apparent reference to reports that IS..
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Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of violations, Russia says peace plan on track

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused Turkey on Thursday of launching a large land offensive targeting three villages in northeast Syria despite a truce, but Russia said a peace plan..
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Syrian Kurds from SDF withdraw to 32 km from Turkish border: RIA

Kurds from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn to 32 km (20 miles) away from the border with Turkey, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing an SDF official.
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SDF says Turkey breaches ceasefire, urges US intervention

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies had launched a large land offensive targeting three villages on Thursday despite a truce and urged the United..
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Top Erdogan aide raps U.S. treatment of Syrian Democratic Forces' commander

Turkey criticized the United States on Thursday for treating the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a "legitimate political figure", underlining continued tensions with..
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Russian defense minister speaks to SDF head after Syria deal: reports

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has spoken by video conference to the leader of Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
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Kurdish commander says Trump promised to maintain long term support: tweet

U.S. President Donald Trump promised to maintain long-term support for Kurdish-led forces who control large swathes of northeastern Syria, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mazloum Kobani said..
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Syrian Kurdish fighters say withdrew in line with ceasefire: U.S. officials

The commander of Kurdish-led SDF fighters has informed the United States that it has carried out all of its obligations under a U.S.-brokered truce to withdraw forces from a border area with Turkey in..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurdish fighters informed U.S. they fulfilled obligations under ceasefire: U.S. official

The commander of Kurdish led-SDF fighters has informed the United States that it has carried out all of its obligations under a U.S.-brokered truce to withdraw forces from a border area with Turkey in..
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Pentagon chief says keeping some troops in northeastern Syria under discussion

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to ensure the oil did not fall into the..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish-led forces say they have pulled out of Syria border town

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.-brokered ceasefire deal, but a spokesman for Turkish-backed Syrian..
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Kurdish-led SDF says Turkish forces shelling civilian areas in ceasefire violation

The Kurdish-led SDF militia on Friday accused Turkey of shelling civilian areas in violating a five-day pause to an offensive in northeast Syria.
Reuters - Published

Syrian Democratic Forces accept ceasefire agreement with Turkey: SDF commander to Ronahi TV

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will accept a ceasefire agreement with Turkey in northern Syria and do what is necessary to make it work, SDF commander Mazloum Kobani told Ronahi TV on..
Reuters - Published

Observatory: 224 SDF soldiers, 183 Turkish-backed rebels killed in Syria clashes

A Turkish offensive into northeast Syria has led to the death of 224 from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and 183 Turkish-backed rebels after the first eight days of fighting, the Syrian..
Reuters - Published

SDF commander: Trump did not oppose deal with Damascus to fend off Turkish offensive

U.S. President Donald Trump did not object to an agreement cut between Kurdish-led forces and the Syrian government to protect Syria from a Turkish offensive, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander..
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Kurdish SDF says 23 killed in fighting with Turkish forces on Monday: statement

The Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said 23 of its soldiers were killed fighting Turkish forces in northern Syria on Monday.
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Russia takes part in talks between Syria and Kurdish-led SDF

The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding negotiations with Russian participation, a Syrian Kurdish politician said on Sunday, expressing hope for a..
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Exclusive: Damascus, Kurdish-led SDF held talks at Russian airbase - Kurdish politician

The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been holding negotiations at a Russian airbase in Syria, a Syrian Kurdish politician told Reuters on Sunday, expressing hope for..
Reuters - Published

Report: Syrian army to enter SDF-held Kobani, Manbij

The Lebanese broadcaster al-Mayadeen said on Sunday the Syrian army would deploy within 48 hours to the town of Kobani which is held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the nearby town of..
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Kurdish-led SDF says 31 of its fighters killed since Saturday

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said 31 of its fighters had been killed fighting a Turkish offensive in northern Syria since Saturday, increasing the SDF's official death toll to 76.
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SDF: Not enough guards at Syria camp holding Islamic State families

Kurdish-led security forces do not have enough guards for the Ain Issa camp that holds families of Islamic State militants and dozens of them have escaped since Turkish shelling struck the area, an..
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Monitor: 104 SDF fighters killed battling Turkish attack

The death toll among Kurdish-led fighters battling a Turkish offensive in northern Syria has climbed to 104, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.
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SDF says Turkey-backed rebels killed Kurdish politician, rebels deny it

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces accused Turkey-backed fighters of killing a Kurdish politician in an ambush on a road in northern Syria on Saturday, drawing a denial from a Turkey-backed rebel..
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Kurdish-led SDF says Turkish invasion has revived IS, urges no-fly zone

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said a Turkish attack in northern Syria had revived Islamic State and called on allied states that helped fight the jihadist group to close off air space..
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Kurdish-led SDF denies Turkey's capture of Syrian town center

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied that Turkish-backed forces had taken control of the center of Ras al Ain on Saturday after a senior Turkish security official said the town center..
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Car bomb detonates at jail in Syria holding IS prisoners: monitor, SDF

A car bomb exploded overnight at a prison holding Islamic State detainees in the city of Hasaka in northeastern Syria, forcing Syrian Kurdish-led security forces to send reinforcements to prevent an..
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SDF: Five Islamic State fighters escape jail in Syria's Qamishli

Five Islamic State militants broke out of a prison in northeast Syria on Friday after Turkish shelling nearby, a military media official in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.
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Car bomb hits Syrian Kurdish-held city of Qamishli: SDF official

A car bomb went off outside a restaurant in the Syrian Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli on Friday, an official in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.
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SDF: Nine dead in Turkish offensive in northeast Syria

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said on Thursday that Turkish air strikes and shelling had killed nine civilians in northeast Syria since the start of Ankara's offensive.
Reuters - Published

Kurdish-led SDF: clashes with Turkish forces under way in border villages

Heavy clashes are under way in Syrian border villages between advancing Turkish forces and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers, an official in the Kurdish-led SDF said on Thursday.
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Kurdish SDF: Turkish air strike hit Syria prison holding IS detainees

The Kurdish-led force that controls northeast Syria said a Turkish air strike on Wednesday hit a prison which holds detained Islamic State militants.
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Syrian SDF, Turkish military clash along border: SDF official

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria clashed with Turkish forces along the border between them on Wednesday, a SDF military media official said.
Reuters - Published

Turkish warplanes struck 50 km deep in Syria: Kurdish-led SDF

Turkish warplanes mounted air strikes against positions 50 km deep inside Syria in Ain Issa on Wednesday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.
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Turkish jets pound border towns, villages in northeast: Syrian SDF

Turkish jets struck military positions and civilians in the Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain, as well as near the cities of Qamishli and Ain Issa in northeast Syria, the Kurdish-led..
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SDF urges 'no fly zone' to stop Turkish attacks in northeast Syria

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) appealed to the United States and its allies on Wednesday for a "no fly zone" to protect it from Turkish attacks in northeast Syria.
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Turkish warplanes strike northeast, 'huge panic: Kurdish-led SDF

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkish warplanes struck its region in the northeast, sparking "huge panic among people" on Wednesday.
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France's Macron met spokeswoman of Kurdish-led Syria SDF forces

French President Emmanuel Macron met on Tuesday with Jihane Ahmed, the spokeswoman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to express France's solidarity with them in their fight against..
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U.S. move in Syria a "stab in back" for SDF: SDF spokesman

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been "stabbed in the back" by a surprise U.S. statement on Monday that U.S. forces would not be involved in a Turkish operation in northern Syria, the..
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U.S. forces will not defend Kurdish forces in Syria: U.S. official

The United States informed the commander of the Kurdish-led SDF forces in Syria on Monday morning that U.S. forces will not defend them from Turkish attacks anywhere, a U.S. official told Reuters ahead..
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U.S. pullout in Syria shows failure to meet commitments: Kurdish-led SDF

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday U.S. forces have withdrawn from the country's northeast after failing to meet commitments and it will have a "great negative" impact on its war..
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SDF and Kurdish YPG forces to pull from Turkey-Syria border strip: SDF

The Kurdish YPG militia and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are set to withdraw from a 5-14km wide strip along the border with Turkey, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Tuesday.
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