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Clashes With Kurdish Rebels Devastate Turkish World Heritage Site

By Ayla Jean Yackley DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 14 – When the United Nations inscribed the Roman-era walls of this mainly Kurdish city on its World Heritage list last year, it crowned a decade of efforts to rehabilitate a war-torn region. Within weeks, a ceasefire with Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey shattered, unleashing some of the

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Two Killed in Kurdish Militant Bomb Attack on Military Outpost

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 10 – Kurdish militants carried out a car bomb attack on a military outpost in southeastern Turkey overnight, killing one soldier and a member of the state-sponsored village guard militia, security sources said on Sunday. It was the second such attack within 12 hours in the mainly Kurdish region, showing no let-up

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Bomb Attack on Police in Turkey’s Southeast Kills One, Injures Seven

DIYARBAKIR, June 28 – One police officer was killed and seven people were wounded in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday when a bomb exploded as an armoured police vehicle was passing, security sources said. The blast hit an area near a state hospital in the district of Dicle, north of the region’s largest

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In Turkey’s Tussle With the EU, Erdogan Thinks He Holds the Cards

By Nick Tattersall and Paul Taylor ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS, June 23 – Britain’s Brexit campaign and the rise of Europe’s populist right have further dented Turkish hopes of ever joining the EU, leaving President Tayyip Erdogan largely indifferent to its criticism and weakening an anchor of Turkish reform. While neither side has any interest in ending Turkey’s decade-long

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Turkey May Soften Stance on Assad Exit as Kurdish Gains Force Shift

By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, June 15 – Turkey’s determination to prevent an autonomous Kurdish region emerging in northern Syria could see it ease up on demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate exit, as it overhauls a foreign policy that has left it more isolated than influential. Days after taking office last month, new Prime Minister

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U.S.-Backed Force in Syria Poised to Enter Daesh-Held Manbij

BEIRUT, June 8 – A U.S.-backed alliance of fighters in Syria is ready to enter the Daesh-held city of Manbij at will but is being cautious due to the presence of civilians there, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has advanced to the outskirts of

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Turkey Counts Cost of Conflict as Kurdish Militant Battle Rages On

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, May 31 – Turkey’s conflict with Kurdish militants, said to have killed more than 5,000 people since July, has also destroyed at least 6,000 buildings that will cost approaching 1 billion lira ($340 million) to rebuild, according to a government estimate. Large swathes of towns in the mainly Kurdish southeast have

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Divisive Turkish Plan to Strip MPs’ Immunity Could Go to Referendum

ANKARA, May 18 – Turkey’s ruling AK Party has won initial support in parliament for a constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, but failed to secure a strong enough majority for now to avoid a referendum. In a secret ballot late on Tuesday, 348 lawmakers in the 550-seat parliament backed the

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U.S. Volunteers Seek Adventure Fighting Daesh Alongside Kurds

By Stephen Kalin MAKHMOUR, Iraq, April 25 – Towering over his Kurdish partner at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, U.S. volunteer John Cole cuts an unusual figure on the road to the newest front in the war against Daesh. Seven feet (2.1 metres) tall and holding his assault rifle upside down, Cole is among a relatively

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