kurdistan

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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PYD Kurds won’t be invited to Syria Talks – Fabius

PARIS, Jan 27 – France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday the United Nations’ special envoy to Syria had told him that he would not be inviting Syrian PYD Kurds to peace talks in Geneva and that a Riyadh-backed opposition group would lead the negotiations. “Mr (Staffan) de Mistura sent invitations … the PYD group was

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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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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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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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No Sign of Peace for Turkey’s Kurds After Erdogan Victory

By Ayla Jean Yackley SILVAN, Turkey, Dec 20 – The shepherd’s widow no longer asks God for peace. Like many Kurds in Turkey’s southeast, Sevgi Gezici, 22, believed President Tayyip Erdogan might relent in a clampdown against Kurdish militants after his party won back its majority in an election in November. Three days after the

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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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Turkey Media Claims Killing 23 Kurdish Militants in Southeast

ISTANBUL, Dec 17 – Turkish security forces killed 23 Kurdish militants during two days of operations in two southeastern towns, state media said on Thursday, as the government takes its fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) increasingly into urban areas. The PKK’s three-decades-old insurgency flared up again in July after the collapse of a

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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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