From the Industrial Workers of the World Dorset blog:
1 December 2016
With great sadness we learn that on 29th of November 2016, Fellow Worker Michael Israel, a founder member of Sacramento IWW [trade union], and six other people, were killed in a bombing raid by the Turkish air force north of Raqqa, Syria. Michael was serving his second tour as a volunteer with the [Kurdish Syrian anti-ISIS group] YPG.
Amid signals by the Trump administration that it plans to step up military involvement in the Middle East, Ankara is preparing to expand its intervention in the wars in Syria and Iraq, while also threatening Iran: here.
Late Wednesday night, the Turkish army launched an intensive artillery attack on Syrian Kurds in Afrin, a multi-ethnic region in northwestern Syria controlled by the US-backed Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its militia, the People’s Protection Units (YPG): here.