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Turkish Army Kills 23 Kurdish Militants in Clashes, Air Strike

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, April 17  – Turkey‘s armed forces killed 23 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters in the latest clashes in eastern Turkey, including three militants who died in an air strike, the general staff said on Saturday. Security sources said warplanes and attack helicopters fired on a mountainous, forested area in the eastern province of Tunceli after military drones

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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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Turkish Cabinet Meets in Strife-Torn Southeast as Fighting Rages

SANLIURFA, Turkey, April 11 – Fighting raged on Monday between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey as the cabinet held an unprecedented meeting on the edge of the restive region to discuss ways of rebuilding its shattered economy. The Turkish army said 39 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had

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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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Turkey Launches Air Strikes Against PKK in Iraq, Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 23  – Turkey’s military carried out air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and killed 26 militants in southeast Turkey, where violence has flared since a ceasefire broke down last July, the armed forces said on Wednesday. Tuesday’s air strikes hit shelters, caves and ammunition depots used by

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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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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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Suicide Bombing Kills Five, Wounds 36 in Central Istanbul

By Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, March 19 – Five people including a suicide bomber were killed and 36 wounded in an attack on a major shopping and tourist district in central Istanbul on Saturday, in the fourth suicide bombing to hit Turkey this year. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the

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Suicide Bombing Exposes Divisions Tearing at Turkey’s Stability

By Umit Bektas, Nick Tattersall and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 16 – “Government resign!” chanted some of the mourners at the funeral on Tuesday of four young victims of the suicide bombing in Turkey’s capital Ankara. “Our child has become a victim of ugly politics. We don’t want any politicians at our funeral,” one of the

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