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Thousands of People Still Displaced by Violence in SE Turkey – Amnesty

ANKARA, Dec 6 – Thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes in a district of mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey one year after authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew in an attempt to crush Kurdish militants, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Of an estimated 500,000 people driven from their homes by Turkish security

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30,000 Flee East Aleppo, Russia Wants Humanitarian Corridors – UN

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 1 – About 30,000 people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, taking the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city to more than 400,000, U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. By Wednesday,

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kurdish Intel Chief Lahur Talabani

Kurdish Intel chief: Without post-Daesh plan, history will repeat itself in Iraq and Syria By Tanya Goudsouzian Lahur Talabani’s journey to the forefront of the global war on terror began in the spring of 2002. It was a year after the 9/11 attacks had Americans questioning their intelligence failures in Afghanistan and the greater Middle East

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The Displaced

Mosul residents fleeing Daesh’s hell to cold Kurdish-controlled camps By Cathy Otten During the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh, Nujud Ali, 45, lay on the ground, wounded by a bullet that had just shot straight through her right shoulder and out of her back, knocking her over. The hail of bullets greeted her when she

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U.S. Strike Destroys Bridge, Restricts Daesh in Mosul – official

BAGHDAD/GENEVA Nov 22 – U.S. forces backing an Iraqi army campaign against Daesh in Mosul carried out an air strike on a bridge spanning the Tigris river, restricting militant movements between western and eastern parts of the city, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. U.S.-trained Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service forces are pushing deeper into east Mosul,

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Jazz in the Time of War in Iraq

High notes and low notes at Sulaimania’s first and only jazz BISTRO By Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah The only way to describe the opening of Uptown Jazz in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimania last September, is to call it an act of rebellion. In a country where the typical live music cafés feature Middle

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The Kurdish Gun Fixer Taking Aim at Daesh

KORRE, Iraq, Nov 7 – In Iraqi Kurdistan he is simply known as Uasta – “the fixer”. For the past 30 years, Mohammed Fadil has been turning hardened steel salvaged from car suspensions into delicate firing pins and other weapon parts to repair the guns used by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces against their many enemies. Now

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Obama Unlikely to See Assault on Daesh’s Syria Stronghold

By Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Nov 7 – A U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa, Daesh’s de facto capital in Syria, is unlikely to pierce the city itself before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to claim the end of the group’s “caliphate” as part of his legacy. Although a

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Turkey Condemned Over Kurdish Lawmaker Arrests, as Car Bomb Kills Nine

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 4 – Turkish authorities arrested the leaders of the country’s main pro-Kurdish opposition party in a terrorism probe on Friday, drawing European and U.N. condemnation of a widening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan. Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, co-leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), were jailed pending trial after

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