Kurds

Car Bomb Targets Government Buildings in Eastern Turkey’s Van

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 12 – Suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb near local government offices in Turkey‘s southeastern city of Van on Monday, wounding scores of people, a day after two dozen mayors from Kurdish-run municipalities were stripped of office. The blast hit some 200 metres from the Van provincial governor’s office, security sources

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Turkey Removes Two Dozen Mayors Over Alleged Kurdish Militant Links

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 11 – Turkey has removed local mayors deemed to support Kurdish militants and appointed new administrators in two dozen municipalities mostly in the largely Kurdish southeast, a provincial governor’s office said on Sunday. The 24 municipalities were run by local associates of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the third largest

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Syrian Kurds Accuse Turkey of Aggression in Syria

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Aug 24 – Syrian Kurdish officials attacked Turkey’s military intervention in Syria as “a blatant aggression” and warned that Ankara was entering a “quagmire” after it deployed tanks and troops against an Daesh-held border town on Wednesday. Turkish forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have crossed the border to take the town of Jarablus from

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Kurdish Militia Launches Assault to Evict Syrian Army from Key City of Hasaka

By Rodi Said HASAKA, Syria, Aug 22 – The Kurdish YPG militia launched a major assault on Monday to seize the last government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender, Kurdish forces and residents said. They said Kurdish forces began the offensive after midnight to take the

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Bombing at Wedding Party in Southern Turkey Kills At Least 50

By Osman Orsal GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Aug 21 – At least 50 people were killed on Saturday when a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosives among people dancing on the street at a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, about 40 km (25 miles) from the Syrian border. President Tayyip Erdogan said it was

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Turkey Arrests Novelist for Ties to Kurdish Militants: Media

ISTANBUL, Aug 20 – A Turkish court arrested prize-winning novelist Asli Erdogan on Friday over alleged links to Kurdish militants, the Haberturk newspaper reported, three days after she and two dozen more staff from the pro-Kurdish Ozgur Gundem newspaper were detained. Ozgur Gundem was closed by court order on Tuesday on grounds of spreading propaganda

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Bomb Attacks Kill Seven, Wound 224 in Southeast Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Aug 18 – Two bomb attacks blamed on Kurdish militants killed seven members of the security forces and wounded 224 people in southeast Turkey on Thursday, officials and security sources said, in a renewed escalation of violence across the region. A car bomb ripped through a police station in the city of Elazig

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Car Bomb Kills Three, Wounds More Than 50 in Eastern Turkey: Sources

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Aug 18 (Reuters) – At least three police officers were killed and about 100 people wounded by a car bomb at a police station in the eastern Turkish city of Elazig on Thursday, security sources said, hours after a similar bombing killed three people elsewhere in the region. Footage on the CNN Turk

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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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