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U.S. Volunteers Seek Adventure Fighting Daesh Alongside Kurds

By Stephen Kalin MAKHMOUR, Iraq, April 25 – Towering over his Kurdish partner at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, U.S. volunteer John Cole cuts an unusual figure on the road to the newest front in the war against Daesh. Seven feet (2.1 metres) tall and holding his assault rifle upside down, Cole is among a relatively

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Meritocracy or Kleptocracy: Kurdistan’s Political Leadership in Turmoil

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad The Kurdistan region has been suffering on multiple fronts be it an economic crisis and delays in salaries for six months to disputes over budget cuts by the central government and decline in oil prices. There’s also a presidential crisis with Masoud Barzani’s expired tenure after two terms and two years

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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 Launches Air Strikes Against PKK in Iraq, Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 23  – Turkey’s military carried out air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and killed 26 militants in southeast Turkey, where violence has flared since a ceasefire broke down last July, the armed forces said on Wednesday. Tuesday’s air strikes hit shelters, caves and ammunition depots used by

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Syrian Kurds Set to Announce Federal System in Northern Syria

BEIRUT, March 16 – Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria are expected to declare a federal system on Wednesday, a Syrian Kurdish official said, taking matters into their own hands after being excluded so far from political talks to resolve the Syrian war. The step that will combine three Kurdish-led autonomous areas of northern Syrian into

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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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Iraq ‘n’ Roll: How Ramadi Was Won

They passed a big test in  Anbar, ousting Daesh from the provincial capital, but Baghdad’s security forces have a long way to go By Jane Arraf Almost a month after Iraqi special forces reclaimed Ramadi from Daesh, Iraqi troops are still patrolling the streets and clearing booby-trapped buildings. “Real estate office” reads a hand-lettered metal

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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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Rescued Swedish Girl Says Life Under Daesh “Really Hard”

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb 24 – A Swedish teenager rescued from Daesh militants in Iraq has said life in the so-called caliphate was “really hard” and that she was duped into going there by her boyfriend. In her first interview since Kurdish special forces recovered her in northern Iraq, the 16-year old told a Kurdish TV channel

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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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