Kurds

In Remote Corner of Iraq, An Unlikely Alliance Forms Against Daesh

  By Isabel Coles UMM Al-DHIBAN, Iraq, May 11  – They share little more than an enemy and struggle to communicate on the battlefield, but together two relatively obscure groups have opened up a new front against Daesh militants in a remote corner of Iraq. The unlikely alliance between an offshoot of a leftist Kurdish

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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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Kurd-Shiite Clashes in Northern Iraq Kill Ten, Key Road Cut

By Isabel Coles TUZ KHURMATU, Iraq, April 24 – Clashes between Kurdish and Shi’ite Turkmen paramilitary forces in northern Iraq have killed at least 10 fighters and cut a strategic road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk, security and medical sources said. Violence in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 km (110 miles) north of the

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Germany Fears Return of Turkish-Kurdish Violence on its Soil

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, April 13 – As Germany scrambles to contain a diplomatic row with Turkey over a comedian’s mocking of President Tayyip Erdogan, officials are growing worried about another byproduct of their Faustian migrant pact with Ankara: an upsurge in violence between nationalist Turks and militant Kurds on German soil. Germany is home

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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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Curfew Lifted in Area of Southeast Turkey, Security Tight for Festival

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 – Turkish authorities lifted a curfew imposed to fight Kurdish militants in an area of southeast Turkey’s largest city, Diyarbakir, on Monday but security was tight as Kurds celebrated the Newroz spring festival. NATO-member Turkey is on heightened alert after a series of bombings which have killed more than 80 people,

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Istanbul Bomber Identified as Turkish Member of Daesh

By Ece Toksabay and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, March 20 – A Turkish member of the Daesh militant group was responsible for the suicide bombing in Istanbul on Saturday that killed three Israelis and an Iranian and wounded dozens of others, Turkey’s interior minister said on Sunday. Efkan Ala identified the bomber as a man born

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Iran’s Zarif to Discuss Business, Syria on Turkey Visit

By David Dolan ISTANBUL, March 19 – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif joined his Turkish hosts in Istanbul on Saturday in condemning a suicide bombing by suspected Kurdish militants in a main shopping district that killed five people. Zarif, on a visit to bolster bilateral trade and discuss political differences over the war in

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