Kurds

Iraqi Minister Says Its Army Needs Kurds’ Help to Retake Mosul

By Maher Chmaytelli and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 29 – The Iraqi army will need Kurdish fighters’ help to retake Mosul, the largest city under the control of Daesh, Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said, with the planned offensive expected to be very challenging. Mosul, 400 km (250 miles) north of Baghdad, has been designated

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Dancing with Daesh

Former Baathists are backing out of their dalliance with the terrorist militia BY Suadad Al Salhy On June 6, 2014, when militants of the terrorist group Daesh attacked Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city, they numbered no more than a few hundred. The militants seized control over five neighborhoods in the western part of the city, easily

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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 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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Protesters Take To Streets Against Killing of Top Kurdish Lawyer

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 20 – A prominent Kurdish lawyer and rights activist was shot in the head and killed on Saturday, in an incident likely to fuel further unrest in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast. The pro-Kurdish HDP Party called the killing of Tahir Elci a “planned assassination” and urged people to protest.

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The Ground Beneath Their Feet

The turf war over Tuz Khurmato won’t let up BY Suadad Al Salhy On Nov. 12, as Kurdish and Yazidi forces backed by the U.S.-led military coalition and Iraqi air force attempted to retake the northern city of Sinjar from Islamic militants, violence erupted between two traditional Iraqi allies in Tuz Khurmato, 108 miles north of

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Kurdish Forces Begin Battle to Retake Iraq’s Sinjar

By Isabel Coles NEAR SINJAR TOWN, Iraq, Nov 12: Kurdish forces launched an offensive on Thursday to retake the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Daesh militants who overran it more than a year ago, killing and enslaving thousands of its Yazidi residents and triggering U.S.-led air strikes. Operation Free Sinjar aims to cordon off

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Turkish Police Claims 11 Detained in Raids Targeting Daesh

ISTANBUL, Nov 12 Turkish police detained 11 suspects in helicopter-backed raids targeting Daesh militants across Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday, just days ahead of a G20 summit being held in the country. The raids were part of a series of operations against suspected militants in Turkey, where security is being tightened ahead of

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Tensions Rise in Turkey as Five Killed in Kurdish Militant Attacks

ANKARA (Nov 11)  A street cleaner in southeastern Turkey was killed on Wednesday by flying shrapnel and a police officer was wounded after his armoured vehicle drove over an explosive device thought to have been laid by Kurdish militants, security sources said. The blast in the town of Dargecit in Mardin province came after three

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Should the West Worry About Turkey?

By Peter Marino Nov 2 (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appears to have beaten down his opponents and returned his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to a fourth term of single-party rule over the country. In doing so, he has cemented his own already-firm control over the country, and is a large step

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