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Kurdish Forces to Keep Territory Taken from Syrian Govt Forces Under Qamishli Truce

BEIRUT, April 24 – Regional Kurdish security forces will keep territory taken from pro-Syrian government forces during a three-day outbreak of violence in northeastern Syria, a truce document announced on Sunday showed, with both sides to release prisoners taken during the clashes. Fighting broke out between Kurdish Asayish forces and pro-Syrian government security forces on

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Kurd-Shiite Clashes in Northern Iraq Kill Ten, Key Road Cut

By Isabel Coles TUZ KHURMATU, Iraq, April 24 – Clashes between Kurdish and Shi’ite Turkmen paramilitary forces in northern Iraq have killed at least 10 fighters and cut a strategic road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk, security and medical sources said. Violence in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 km (110 miles) north of the

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Germany Fears Return of Turkish-Kurdish Violence on its Soil

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, April 13 – As Germany scrambles to contain a diplomatic row with Turkey over a comedian’s mocking of President Tayyip Erdogan, officials are growing worried about another byproduct of their Faustian migrant pact with Ankara: an upsurge in violence between nationalist Turks and militant Kurds on German soil. Germany is home

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Turkey Shells Targets in Syria After Rockets Hit Border Town

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, April 13 – Turkey’s military returned fired into a Daesh-controlled area of Syria after rockets hit the southeastern Turkish border town of Kilis for the third straight days on Wednesday, security sources said. There were no casualties in Kilis after multiple rockets landed in an empty field, Mayor Hasan Kara told Reuters. The

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Turkish Cabinet Meets in Strife-Torn Southeast as Fighting Rages

SANLIURFA, Turkey, April 11 – Fighting raged on Monday between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey as the cabinet held an unprecedented meeting on the edge of the restive region to discuss ways of rebuilding its shattered economy. The Turkish army said 39 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had

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More than 5,000 Kurdish Militants Killed Since July

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 28 – Turkish security forces have killed more than 5,000 militants belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since its ceasefire with the Turkish state collapsed last July, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. The figure would suggest a major blow to an organisation that has waged its

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Turkey Detains Three on Suspicion of Plotting Attack on German Missions

ISTANBUL, March 23 – Turkish authorities have detained three men suspected to have been plotting an attack on German diplomatic missions and a German school in Turkey, the private Dogan News Agency reported on Wednesday. The three, including an Iraqi and a Syrian national, were captured in Istanbul in an operation by counter terror police

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Curfew Lifted in Area of Southeast Turkey, Security Tight for Festival

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 – Turkish authorities lifted a curfew imposed to fight Kurdish militants in an area of southeast Turkey’s largest city, Diyarbakir, on Monday but security was tight as Kurds celebrated the Newroz spring festival. NATO-member Turkey is on heightened alert after a series of bombings which have killed more than 80 people,

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Istanbul Bomber Identified as Turkish Member of Daesh

By Ece Toksabay and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, March 20 – A Turkish member of the Daesh militant group was responsible for the suicide bombing in Istanbul on Saturday that killed three Israelis and an Iranian and wounded dozens of others, Turkey’s interior minister said on Sunday. Efkan Ala identified the bomber as a man born

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