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Germany Presses Russia, Assad Regime to Reduce Attacks Around Aleppo

BERLIN, Feb 15 – Germany’s foreign minister pressed Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on Monday to reduce attacks around Aleppo and called on all parties in the Syria conflict to show restraint. Major powers agreed in Munich on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria, but the deal does not take effect

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Turkey Strikes Kurdish Militia in Syria, Demands it Withdraw

By Orhan Coskun and Daren Butler ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Feb 14 – Turkey’s military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu demanded that the group withdraw from the area in a move that further complicated the conflict across the NATO member’s border. The shelling took place after Kurdish YPG fighters

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Kurdish Militants Kill Three Turkish Security Force Members

ISTANBUL, Feb 10 – Kurdish militants killed two Turkish soldiers and one police officer, Turkey’s military and state-run media said on Wednesday, with the rebels in one incident trying to cross the border into Turkey from neighboring Syria. In Sirnak province’s Cizre district, security forces spotted seven Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters entering Turkey from

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Iraqi Kurdish Leader Calls For Non-Binding Independence Referendum

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb 3 – Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region should hold a non-binding referendum on independence, its president said on Tuesday, despite the numerous crises it is facing. Massoud Barzani has previously called for a referendum but set no timetable for a proposed vote. The chaos created by Daesh’s occupation of swathes of Iraq and

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Iraqi Kurdish Delegation Visits Baghdad for Talks

ERBIL, Iraq, Jan 31 – A senior delegation from Iraq’s Kurdish north held talks in Baghdad with the government on Sunday, a spokesman said, after weeks of warnings from officials in the autonomous region that it faced an economic collapse. Both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) rely heavily on oil export revenue and

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Three Killed in Bombing claimed by Daesh in Northeast Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 24 – A bomb attack claimed by Daesh killed at least three people in the city of Qamishli in the mostly Kurdish-controlled Hasaka province of northeast Syria on Sunday, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said. The motorcycle bomb went off in a mostly Christian area and wounded another seven people, said

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Some 200,000 at Risk in Turkey’s Fight Against Kurdish Militants

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Jan 21 – Security operations in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast have put up to 200,000 people at risk, placing them in the crossfire or cutting them off from emergency and basic services such as water, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. Round-the-clock curfews amid clashes between security forces and

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Erdogan Calls for Nationalisation of Turkey’s Isbank

ISTANBUL, Jan 20 – An aide to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for the nationalisation of the country’s biggest private bank, Isbank, in which the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has a 28 percent stake. The aide, Yigit Bulut, made the comments after lawyers for Erdogan this week filed a lawsuit against CHP

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Amnesty: Kurds Waging Campaign to Uproot Arabs in North Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, Jan 20 – Kurdish forces have bulldozed, blown up and burned down thousands of Arab homes across northern Iraq in what may constitute a war crime, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a report published on Wednesday. Amnesty said it found evidence of a “concerted campaign” by the Kurds to uproot Arab

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Turkish President Sues Main Opposition Leader Over Dictator Remark

ANKARA, Jan 18 – Lawyers for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan filed a lawsuit against the main opposition leader on Monday for implying that Erdogan was a dictator, presidential sources and the opposition party said. Erdogan, Turkey’s most popular politician, is known for his intolerance of criticism and his readiness to take legal action over perceived

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