Kurds

Turkey Blocks Investigations into Southeast Killings: Rights Group

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, July 11 – Turkey’s government is blocking access to independent investigations into alleged mass abuses against civilians in southeast Turkey, where security forces are fighting Kurdish militants, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Thousands of civilians have been caught up in fighting between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants and security

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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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U.S.-Backed Force in Syria Poised to Enter Daesh-Held Manbij

BEIRUT, June 8 – A U.S.-backed alliance of fighters in Syria is ready to enter the Daesh-held city of Manbij at will but is being cautious due to the presence of civilians there, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has advanced to the outskirts of

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Syrian Opposition Wants Clarity Over Attacks by U.S.-Backed Force

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 2 – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have attacked armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and sometimes appear to have interests aligned with the Syrian government, a Syrian opposition negotiator said on Wednesday. Basma Kodmani, a member of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition group at U.N.-mediated

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Could a Millionaire Businessman Save Iraq’s Sunnis?

By Ned Parker ERBIL, Iraq, June 1 – For at least a decade, Iraqi business mogul Khamis Khanjar has bankrolled Sunni politicians and fighters alike. Now, he wants to use his multi-million dollar fortune to create an autonomous region for Iraq’s Sunnis. Khanjar’s emergence from backroom deal-maker to would-be Sunni champion is just one sign

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U.S.-Backed Fighters Advance Against Daesh in North Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT, June 1 – U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advanced against Daesh in the last tract of territory the group holds near the Turkish border on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The British-based Observatory said the Kurdish YPG militia made up the majority of forces involved in the attack, contradicting U.S. officials

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Turkey Counts Cost of Conflict as Kurdish Militant Battle Rages On

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, May 31 – Turkey’s conflict with Kurdish militants, said to have killed more than 5,000 people since July, has also destroyed at least 6,000 buildings that will cost approaching 1 billion lira ($340 million) to rebuild, according to a government estimate. Large swathes of towns in the mainly Kurdish southeast have

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Divisive Turkish Plan to Strip MPs’ Immunity Could Go to Referendum

ANKARA, May 18 – Turkey’s ruling AK Party has won initial support in parliament for a constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, but failed to secure a strong enough majority for now to avoid a referendum. In a secret ballot late on Tuesday, 348 lawmakers in the 550-seat parliament backed the

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