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Iran’s Zarif to Discuss Business, Syria on Turkey Visit

By David Dolan ISTANBUL, March 19 – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif joined his Turkish hosts in Istanbul on Saturday in condemning a suicide bombing by suspected Kurdish militants in a main shopping district that killed five people. Zarif, on a visit to bolster bilateral trade and discuss political differences over the war in

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Kurdish TAK Militant Group Claims Ankara Bombing That Killed 37

ISTANBUL/BERLIN, March 17  – The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) militant group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Turkish capital Ankara that killed 37 people, and said it would attack security forces again. Separately, Germany closed its embassy in Ankara and its general consulate in Istanbul due to indications that an attack

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Iraq Preparing to Push Daesh Away from Oil Region

BAGHDAD, March 16 – Kurdish Peshmerga forces, an Iran-backed Shi’ite militia and Iraq’s army will launch an offensive soon to push Daesh fighters away from the northern oil region of Kirkuk, a state newspaper reported on Wednesday. The operation would bring the combined forces closer to Mosul, the largest Iraqi city still held by Daesh,

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Seven Kurdish Militants Killed in Clash in Southeast

ISTANBUL, March 10 – Seven Kurdish militants were killed in a gun battle in southeast Turkey’s largest city Diyarbakir on Thursday, security sources said, a day after security forces declared an end to operations there. The clash broke out in the city’s Sur district, parts of which have been devastated in fighting between security forces

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Thirteen Killed as Turkish Forces Clash With Kurdish Militants

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 3 – Three Turkish soldiers and 10 Kurdish militants have been killed in two clashes in southeast Turkey, the army said on Thursday, the latest casualties in a revived conflict that has killed hundreds since the collapse of a ceasefire last summer. In the Dargecit district of Mardin province, near the Syrian

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Turkey Blames Kurdish Militants for Ankara Bomb, Vows Response

By Ercan Gurses and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Feb 18 – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed a Syrian Kurdish militia fighter working with Kurdish militants inside Turkey for a suicide car bombing that killed 28 people in the capital Ankara, and he vowed retaliation in both Syria and Iraq. A car laden with explosives detonated

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Turkish Air Strikes Hit PKK in Northern Iraq after Ankara Bomb Kills 28

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Feb 18 – Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq overnight, hours after a suicide car bomb attack targeting military buses killed 28 soldiers and civilians in the Turkish capital Ankara, security sources said on Thursday. A car laden with explosives detonated next to the military buses as they waited at

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Turkey Wants a Secure Strip on Syrian Side of Border – Deputy PM

ANKARA, Feb 17 – Turkey wants a secure strip of territory 10 km (6.2 miles) deep on the Syrian side of its border, including the town of Azaz, to prevent attempts to “change the demographic structure” of the area, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said on Wednesday. Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes

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Turkey Seeks Allies’ Support for Ground Operation in Syria

By Humeyra Pamuk and Tulay Karadeniz ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Feb 16 – Turkey is asking allies including the United States to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria, as a Moscow-backed government advance nears its borders, raising the possibility of direct confrontation between the NATO member and Russia. A large-scale joint ground operation is still

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Security Council to Discuss Turkish Shelling in Syria at Russia’s Request

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council will on Tuesday discuss Turkey’s shelling of targets in Syria at the request of Russia, which has voiced concern about Turkish military attacks on Russian-backed Kurdish militia fighters, according to an email exchange. Turkey shelled Kurdish YPG positions for a third straight day to

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