Kurds

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 ‘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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Turkey’s Erdogan Chastises U.S. Over Support for Syrian Kurds

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Feb 10 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish rebels on Wednesday, saying Washington’s inability to grasp their true nature had turned the region into a “sea of blood”. Turkey should respond by implementing its own solution, he said, alluding to the creation

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Syrian Kurds: Left Out

For Syrian Kurds, the future seems uncertain BY Mohammed A. Salih The exclusion of Syria’s powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) from recent Syria peace talks in Geneva shocked the Kurdish community and baffled observers. It also cast into doubt the nature of the otherwise seemingly growing relationship between the United States and the PYD

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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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Three Killed in Bombing claimed by Daesh in Northeast Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 24 – A bomb attack claimed by Daesh killed at least three people in the city of Qamishli in the mostly Kurdish-controlled Hasaka province of northeast Syria on Sunday, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said. The motorcycle bomb went off in a mostly Christian area and wounded another seven people, said

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Erdogan Calls for Nationalisation of Turkey’s Isbank

ISTANBUL, Jan 20 – An aide to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for the nationalisation of the country’s biggest private bank, Isbank, in which the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has a 28 percent stake. The aide, Yigit Bulut, made the comments after lawyers for Erdogan this week filed a lawsuit against CHP

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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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Civilians, Security Forces Killed in Turkey’s Diyarbakir Operation

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 4  – Two civilians, a soldier and a police officer have been killed in southeastern Turkey as military operations to root out armed fighters focused on urban centres across the mainly Kurdish region, security sources said. Violence in the three-decade war with Kurdistan Workers Party fighters flared in July

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