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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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Ruling Party Official Shot Dead in Turkey’s Mainly Kurdish Southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Oct 11 – Suspected Kurdish militants shot and killed an official in Turkey’s ruling AK Party late on Monday, authorities said, the second shooting of a politician in as many days in the strife-hit southeast. Deryan Aktert, who headed the party’s branch in Diyarbakir’s Dicle district, was attacked in his office at 10:30

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Car Bomb Targets Government Buildings in Eastern Turkey’s Van

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 12 – Suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb near local government offices in Turkey‘s southeastern city of Van on Monday, wounding scores of people, a day after two dozen mayors from Kurdish-run municipalities were stripped of office. The blast hit some 200 metres from the Van provincial governor’s office, security sources

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Turkey Removes Two Dozen Mayors Over Alleged Kurdish Militant Links

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 11 – Turkey has removed local mayors deemed to support Kurdish militants and appointed new administrators in two dozen municipalities mostly in the largely Kurdish southeast, a provincial governor’s office said on Sunday. The 24 municipalities were run by local associates of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the third largest

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Daesh Claims Syria Blasts That Kill Dozens

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, Sept 5 – Six explosions claimed by the Daesh group hit government-controlled areas and a province held by a Kurdish militia in Syria on Monday, killing dozens of people, state media and a monitor said. The blasts took place in the morning in the cities of Homs and Tartous and at the entrance

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