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Turkish Forces Kill 32 Kurdish Militants as Conflict Escalates

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 10 – Security forces killed 32 Kurdish militants in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast this weekend, the army and security sources said on Sunday, escalating a conflict reignited by the collapse of a two-year ceasefire last summer. It was one of the bloodiest weekends since the three-decades-old insurgency resumed last

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U.S. Denies Conducting Helicopter Raids in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq has denied reports that the United States has been carrying out helicopter raids against Daesh militants in northern Iraq. “There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter raids in Hawija and Kirkuk. As Defense Minister Obaidi and numerous other Iraqi officials have stated, reports of these raids

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Civilians, Security Forces Killed in Turkey’s Diyarbakir Operation

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 4  – Two civilians, a soldier and a police officer have been killed in southeastern Turkey as military operations to root out armed fighters focused on urban centres across the mainly Kurdish region, security sources said. Violence in the three-decade war with Kurdistan Workers Party fighters flared in July

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Erdogan Backs Criminal Probe into Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Opposition

ISTANBUL, Jan 3 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said he backs a criminal investigation into leaders of the pro-Kurdish opposition over comments about Kurdish self-rule, saying those who committed constitutional crimes must pay the price. A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Selahattin Demirtas, co-head of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), last week

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Dancing with Daesh

Former Baathists are backing out of their dalliance with the terrorist militia BY Suadad Al Salhy On June 6, 2014, when militants of the terrorist group Daesh attacked Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city, they numbered no more than a few hundred. The militants seized control over five neighborhoods in the western part of the city, easily

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Turkey Says it Will Continue to Move Turkish Troops from Northern Iraq

ISTANBUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Turkey has acknowledged a “miscommunication” with Iraq over its deployment of troops to the Bashiqa military base in northern Iraq, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said Turkey would continue to move some of its troops out of Nineveh province, where the camp is based. It did not

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Nine Killed as Turkey Steps-Up Offensive Against Kurdish Militants

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Turkish security forces stepped up operations targeting Kurdish militants in southeastern towns on Wednesday, security sources said, as pro-government media detailed plans for a 10,000-strong force to restore state control in the region. The mainly Kurdish southeast has been beset by conflict between the police and armed forces and

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Clashes in Turkey’s Southeast Region Kill 7; Authorities Declare Curfew

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Seven people were killed in clashes with security forces in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, officials said on Monday, as authorities declared curfews across the restive region. The clashes are the latest in months of violence following the collapse of a ceasefire between the government and the

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Chinese Citizen Reportedly Fighting for Daesh in Syria

BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) – A young Chinese man has become the first citizen of his country known to have travelled to Syria to fight with the Kurds against Daesh, a newspaper said on Thursday, running an interview with his sister who called for him to come home. Pan Yang, from a farming family from

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A Divided House

By Mohammed A. Salih Kurdistan’s future looks bleak, threatened by political rifts Hawre, 24, is struggling to make ends meet by selling sunglasses placed on a small table just a couple of yards away from Erbil’s millennia-old citadel. Hawre’s task, like others’, has become more difficult these days as Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing economic challenges

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