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U.S. commandos ordered to remove 'inappropriate' YPG patches

Washington - US special operations forces photographed in Syria wearing the insignia of Kurdish troops considered terrorists by Turkey have been ordered to remove the patches, a military spokesman said Friday.

Turkey enraged by 'unacceptable' US backing of Kurdish militia

Antalya - Turkey on Friday accused its NATO ally the United States of "unacceptable" behaviour after US commandos in Syria were pictured assisting a Kurdish militia that is branded a terror group by Ankara and even wearing their insignia.

Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country on Monday.

Bombs kill 8 in northeast Syria as U.S. commander visits

Kamishli - Bombings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people in northeastern Syria hours after a top US commander visited, security forces said Sunday.

Merkel 'to raise concerns over Turkey's democracy' with Erdogan

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will raise concerns over democracy in Turkey when she meets President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week, her spokesman said Friday, as Ankara began a final vote on a contentious bill lifting parliamentary immunity.

Turkey approves controversial law scrapping immunity for MPs

Ankara - Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.

Turkey parliament backs hotly-contested immunity bill

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved, in a preliminary vote, a controversial bill that would strip dozens of deputies of their parliamentary immunity and which pro-Kurdish lawmakers say is directly aimed at driving them out of the legislature.

Turkey buries victims of PKK blast last week that killed 16

Diyarbakir - Turkey on Tuesday buried over a dozen victims of a massive blast in its southeast last week that killed 16 people when a truck laden with explosives by Kurdish militants planning a major attack detonated prematurely.

One Turkish soldier, two PKK militants killed in clashes: army

Ankara - One soldier and two Kurdish rebels were killed in clashes on Saturday in Turkey's restive southeast, the Turkish army said.

Eight Turkey troops killed in anti-PKK operations: Army

Diyarbakir - Six Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday in a clash with Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country while two more lost their lives when a military helicopter sent to the scene crashed, the army said.

Turkey says four 'bombmakers' killed in blast in Kurdish majority southeast

Diyarbakir - A powerful blast that shook an area near the Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Thursday killed four "bombmakers" and injured at least 10 other people, the interior ministry said.

Alleged Turkish military abuses 'extremely alarming': UN

Geneva - The UN rights chief decried Tuesday a range of abuses allegedly committed by the Turkish military, including shooting unarmed civilians and allowing more than 100 people to burn to death.

Three Turkish soldiers killed, 14 wounded in PKK attack: army

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in an attack Sunday in the Kurdish-dominated southeast blamed on militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the army said.

Turkey detains pro-Kurdish news editor over tweets: channel

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Saturday detained the chief news editor of a pro-Kurdish television channel over tweets posted on his account, the broadcaster said, as concern grows over freedom of expression in the country.

Suicide bomber 'kills five Kurdish police' in Syria

Kamishli - A suicide bomber killed five Kurdish policemen at a checkpoint in Syria's divided northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, police said.

PKK warns Turkey rebels will 'escalate the war': Report

Istanbul - The Kurdish rebel PKK movement is ready to step up its fight against Turkey in response to Ankara's blistering military campaign, its leader warned in a BBC interview released Monday.

Clashes between Iraqi Kurds, Turkmen kill nine

Kirkuk - Clashes between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiite paramilitaries killed nine people in a flashpoint northern town and closed the road to Baghdad before a ceasefire was announced on Sunday.

Syria Kurds, regime to press talks after deadly clashes

Kamishli - Syrian regime officials and Kurdish representatives were to meet on Saturday for a second day of talks on ending deadly clashes in the northeastern city of Qamishli, a senior security source said.

Two Turkish soldiers killed, dozens wounded in car bombing

Diyarbakir - Two Turkish soldiers were killed and more than 50 people wounded when a car bomb exploded at a military post in Turkey's restive Kurdish-dominated southeast, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.

Kurdish rebel supporters should lose citizenship: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday suggested that supporters of Kurdish rebels locked in conflict with government troops should be stripped of their Turkish citizenship.

PKK bomb attack kills six in Turkish security forces: Report

Istanbul - Five Turkish soldiers and one special forces police officer were killed Saturday in a bomb attack blamed on Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country, the Dogan news agency reported.

Turkey detains 'perpetrator of Diyarbakir car bombing': Report

Diyarbakir - Turkish authorities on Saturday detained the suspected perpetrator of a car bomb attack in its main Kurdish-majority city that killed seven police, as a new bombing hit the troubled southeast.The suspect, named as A.C.

Turkey PM in defiant visit to Diyarbakir after attack

Diyarbakir - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday made a rare visit to the Kurdish-dominated city of Diyarbakir, declaring he was "not scared" after an attack by rebels that killed seven police.

Four police killed in bomb attack in Turkey's Diyarbakir

Diyarbakir - Four police officers were killed and 14 people wounded in a bomb attack on Thursday targeting the Turkish police in the Kurdish-majority southeastern city of Diyarbakir, a security source said.

Three Turkish police killed in suspected PKK car bomb, gun attack

Diyarbakir - Three military police were killed and 22 injured in a car bombing on a barracks in Turkey's restive southeast suspected to be the work of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), security sources said Friday.

Turkey holds five over Ankara bombing, hits PKK in Iraq

Ankara - A Turkish court detained five people overnight on suspicion of links to a March 13 suicide bombing in Ankara that killed 35, the Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday.

Bomb-laden car found outside govt building in southeast Turkey

Diyarbakir - Police in southeastern Turkey defused an explosives-laden car found parked outside a government building days after a suicide car bombing in Ankara claimed by Kurdish rebels, security sources said Friday.

Erdogan accuses Europe of 'surrendering to terror'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Europe of "surrendering to terror" for allowing displays of support for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), days after a bombing in Ankara claimed by Kurdish rebels.

TAK, dissident Kurdish rebels behind Ankara car bomb

Ankara - The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), who claimed responsibility for Sunday's suicide car bomb attack that killed 35 people in Ankara, is a widely regarded as a dissident offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkey president steps up bid to prosecute pro-Kurd MPs

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to have pro-Kurdish lawmakers prosecuted, accusing them of "inciting terrorism" days after a suicide bombing in Ankara that the government blamed on Kurdish rebels.
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