kurdistan

The Kurdish Gun Fixer Taking Aim at Daesh

KORRE, Iraq, Nov 7 – In Iraqi Kurdistan he is simply known as Uasta – “the fixer”. For the past 30 years, Mohammed Fadil has been turning hardened steel salvaged from car suspensions into delicate firing pins and other weapon parts to repair the guns used by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces against their many enemies. Now

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Iran Executes Kurdish Islamists For Armed Attacks

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Aug 3 – Iran executed up to 20 Kurdish Islamists suspected of attacks on security forces, drawing condemnation from rights groups which said the convictions may have been based on forced confessions. State news agency IRNA said members of the Tawhid and Jihad group were executed on Tuesday, but did not

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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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Post-Daesh Iraq Should Be Split in Three: Top Kurdish Official

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 16) – Once Daesh is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi’ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday. Iraqi troops have expelled Daesh from some key cities the militants seized

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Kurds Ready for New Oil Deal with Baghdad if They Get $1 Bln a Month

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 15 – Iraq’s Kurds are ready to strike an agreement with the central government in Baghdad on a deal to increase oil exports, if it guarantees them a monthly revenue of $1 billion, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said. Iraq’s central government in

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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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Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

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In Saddam’s Former Jail, Cash Aid Allays Grim Routine for Refugees

By Sebastien Malo AKRE, Iraq, June 6 – As Mohammed Said Amin witnessed the intensifying battle between government forces and rebel groups for control of his hometown of Damascus, he and his wife made a plan to escape. They left for Ras al-Ayn, a Syrian town bordering Turkey. But when it came under attack from

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