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Hawar News Agency (sometimes abbreviated ANHA) (Arabic: وكالة أنباء هاوار‎) is an online Kurdish news service based in Al-Hasaka, Syria.[2][3] The site started as an Arabic-only news service.[4] Hawar News serves as Rojava's de facto official news agency,[5][6] and is linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces.[7]

Hawar News Agency
Hawar News Agency logo, Jan 2017.jpg
Type of site
News
Available inArabic, English, Kurdish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Area servedSyria
Ownerunknown
Created byunknown
Editorunknown
General managerHevger Ibrahim
Websitehawarnews.com
Alexa rankDecrease 68,254 (December 2016)[1]
AdvertisingYes
Commercialunknown
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedAugust 2012; 7 years ago (2012-08)
Current statusActive

Ownership, identity and reliabilityEdit

The ownership of the Hawar News Agency is unpublished. The website's domain name was first registered in August 2012.[8] The site's About page says just "ANHA".[9] Pro-Syrian opposition source Verify-sy claims Hawar News is affiliated with the Democratic Union Party (PYD).[10]

Access blocked from TurkeyEdit

The Turkish telecommunications regulator blocked access to several news agencies in July 2015. In what was described as a counter-terrorism action, other news sites based within and outside Turkey that were banned at the same time as Hawar News included Rudaw, Dicle News Agency, and Özgür Gündem.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hawarnews.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Contact ANHA". Retrieved 2 January 2017. Phone +96352463446 (Hasaka Syria number)
  3. ^ "Suicide bomber strikes Syrian wedding". Fox News. Retrieved 2 January 2017. Kurdish news agency
  4. ^ "وكالة أنباء هاوار". Archived from the original on 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ COREY DICKSTEIN (10 May 2017). "US: Syrian forces nearing 'striking distance' of Raqqa". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ Associated Press (12 May 2017). "Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer". Fox News. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Misdirected US strike killed 18 allied fighters in Syria". Associated Press. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Domain hawarnews.com - whois domain information, history records database". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  9. ^ "About Us - ANHA". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  10. ^ "HAWAR NEWS AGENCY REPORTS FALSE FACTS ABOUT THE MILITARY PRESENCE IN MAREA". Verify-sy. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Turkish authorities block access to news websites". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 3 January 2017.

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