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Barzani makes comeback on both Kurd, Iraq fronts

Sulaimania - A year after a disastrous independence vote he had championed in Iraqi Kurdistan, veteran leader Massud Barzani has made a strong comeback both on the home front and in Baghdad.

Hundreds taken by IS from displacement camp in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - Hundreds of people were taken by Islamic State group fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counterattack against advancing US-backed forces, a monitor said Saturday.

Syria Kurds say they hold 900 foreign IS fighters

Kamishli - Syrian Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group hold around 900 of the organisation's foreign jihadists, a spokesman said on Thursday, a sharp increase from a previous figure.

IS attacks advancing US-backed forces in Syria's east: monitor

Beirut - The Islamic State group launched a deadly counter-offensive on Wednesday to repel US-backed forces advancing on a final jihadist-held pocket of eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Iraqi Kurds vote for new parliament

Arbil - Iraqi Kurds voted on Sunday for a new parliament in their autonomous region, which is mired in an economic crisis a year after an independence referendum that infuriated Baghdad.Almost 3.

Voting begins to elect new parliament in Iraq's Kurdistan

Arbil - Voting began Sunday across Iraq's Kurdistan for a new parliament in the autonomous region which is mired in an economic crisis a year after an independence referendum that infuriated Baghdad.More than 3.

Iraqi Kurdistan struggles to rebuild tattered economy

Sulaimania - The oil-rich Iraqi region of Kurdistan is struggling to rebuild its economy, a year after an ill-fated independence referendum that Baghdad deemed illegal.

Iraq's Kurds vote, their statehood dream in tatters

Arbil - A year ago, the roads of Iraqi Kurdistan were decked out with green, red and white Kurdish flags as the region voted overwhelmingly for independence from Baghdad.

Germany's Kurds criticise 'ban' on Erdogan protest

Berlin - Germany's large Kurdish community said Monday it had been "banned" by Berlin authorities from holding a rally at the Brandenburg Gate during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month.

IS kills 20 US-backed fighters in Syria: monitor

Beirut - At least 20 fighters from a US-backed force fighting the Islamic State group were killed Friday in an IS ambush in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.

Turkey court jails six for life over 2016 Ankara bombing

Ankara - Six men were handed multiple life sentences by a court in Ankara Monday over a 2016 bomb attack in the Turkish capital targeting soldiers, which left 29 dead and was claimed by Kurdish rebels.

18 dead as Syria Kurds clash with regime forces

Kamishli - Clashes between Kurdish forces and regime fighters in the divided northeastern city of Qamishli killed 18 combatants Saturday, the Kurdish forces and a war monitor said.

Turkey's Saturday Mothers defy ban in search for sons

Istanbul - Hanife Yildiz, 66, says she last saw her only son, Murat, in 1995 -- when he was 19 and she handed him to Turkish police for questioning.

Turkish mothers' protest banned over 'terror exploitation': minister

Istanbul - Turkey banned a weekly rally staged since the mid-1990s by mothers protesting against the disappearance of their sons and relatives on the grounds that it had been exploited by a terror group, the interior minister said Monday.

Senior US diplomat visits Kurdish-held territory in Syria

- A senior US diplomat visited Kurdish-held territory in Syria on Saturday as the minority negotiates with Damascus over the future of its semi-autonomous region.

Istanbul police break up landmark Turkish mothers' protest

Istanbul - Istanbul police on Saturday broke up a regular demonstration by Turkish mothers remembering the disappearance of relatives in the 1980s and 1990s, detaining over 20 people as participants marked the 700th such weekly protest.

Turkey moves historic bath house to avoid looming flooding of town

- Turkish authorities on Monday conducted a hugely sensitive operation to move a centuries-old bath house weighing 1,600 tonnes to new location to avoid being engulfed under floodwaters by a controversial dam project.

Turkey court jails nine for life over 2015 Ankara bombing

Ankara - An Ankara court on Friday handed multiple life sentences to nine suspects convicted over the October 2015 bombing on a peace rally outside the capital's train station, the deadliest attack in Turkey's modern history.

Turkey 'turns blind eye' to Syrian rebel abuses in Afrin: Amnesty

Istanbul - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of Afrin, urging Ankara to end the violations immediately.

Amnesty accuses Turkey of tolerating Syrian rebel abuses in Afrin

Istanbul - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of Afrin, urging Ankara to immediately end the violations.

Outrage in Turkey after mother, baby killed by 'PKK roadside bomb'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to fight Kurdish militants to the "last terrorist" after a mother and her 11-month-old baby were killed in a roadside bomb attack blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Gunmen storm Iraq Kurdish governor's office, killing one

- Three teenage gunmen on Monday stormed the governor's headquarters in Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, opening fire and killing one employee before being shot dead, officials said.

Turkey begins military patrols around Syria's Manbij: army

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday said it had started military patrols in an area around the Kurdish-held city of Manbij in northern Syria, in line with an agreement with the United States to scale down tensions in the region.

Jailed Kurdish leader makes first TV appeal ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Jailed Kurdish presidential candidate appears on TV from jail

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Four killed in Turkey campaign clash ahead of polls

Istanbul - Four people were killed in southern Turkey Thursday in clashes that erupted when a lawmaker from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party was campaigning in a mainly Kurdish town near Syria, 10 days ahead of tightly-contested polls.

Three shot dead in Turkey during ruling party MP visit: reports

Istanbul - Three people were shot dead in southern Turkey on Thursday during an election campaign visit to a mainly Kuridsh town near Syria by an MP from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, reports said.

Erdogan, rivals woo Turkey's crucial Kurdish vote

Diyarbakir - Turkey's Kurds are set to play a critical role in determining the outcome of elections this month, with their votes coveted not just by the main pro-Kurdish party but also President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his chief rival.

'Hello darling': Jailed Turkey candidate makes speech though wife's phone

Istanbul - It's not the most conventional way for a presidential candidate to address supporters. But Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is not facing a usual set of circumstances as he campaigns for June 24 elections from jail.

'You are my voice': Kurdish leader campaigns from Turkish jail

Ankara - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is facing not only President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in this month's presidential elections but the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of having to campaign from jail.
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Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey join battle against ISIS forces in Syria
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On March 16  1988  at the height of the Iraq-Iran war  at the direction of dictator Saddam Hussein  ...
On March 16, 1988, at the height of the Iraq-Iran war, at the direction of dictator Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi Air Force unleashed chemical warfare upon the Kurds, an ethnic group, in the Iraqi city of Halabja. At least 5,000 people were killed in that attack and many thousands more suffered permanent physical, emotional and mental disabilities
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Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
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Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey join battle against ISIS forces in Syria
Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey join battle against ISIS forces in Syria
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Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians...
Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians in a serious bid to develop chemical weapons, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned.
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Kurds celebrate the announcement of a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkey on March 21  2013
Kurds celebrate the announcement of a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkey on March 21, 2013
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A map of Greater Kurdistan showing Kurdish areas in Turkey  Syria  Iraq and Iran.
A map of Greater Kurdistan showing Kurdish areas in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
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A festival-goer holds the flag of a banned Kurdish organization.
A festival-goer holds the flag of a banned Kurdish organization.
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Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flee into Turkey as ISIS forces invade the Syrian town of Kobani
Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flee into Turkey as ISIS forces invade the Syrian town of Kobani
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PROTEST: Turkish Kurds demonstrate against the ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last year on ...
PROTEST: Turkish Kurds demonstrate against the ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last year on the streets of Istanbul.
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