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Kurds oust IS from Christian villages in Syria: Monitor

Birut - Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday.

Erdogan opens 'Saladin' airport in Turkey's restive southeast

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday opened a new airport in a restive eastern province dogged by a Kurdish separatist insurgency, naming the facility for a celebrated Muslim medieval leader of Kurdish origin.

Turkey's Kurdish party rocked by twin attacks

Ankara - Twin bomb attacks on Monday hit the regional headquarters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party in two cities, injuring more than half a dozen people and escalating tensions ahead of June 7 legislative elections.

Erdogan plays religion card in tight Turkey polls

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has controversially turned religion into a campaign issue in the officially secular country's upcoming polls, which promise to be the biggest election challenge yet for the ruling party.

IS attack on Kurdish forces in Syria 'kills 16'

Birut - At least 16 members of the Syrian Kurdish security forces were killed Wednesday in an Islamic State group attack on a base in the northeastern province of Hasakeh, a monitor said.

Turkey's Kurdish party vows to be 'sultan' Erdogan's nightmare

Istanbul - Turkey's main Kurdish party on Tuesday launched their manifesto for June 7 legislative polls, saying it would be a "sultan's nightmare" for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey PM mocked for 'printing error' omission of peace process

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu drew ridicule Monday after blaming a printing error for the absence of any mention of the peace process with Kurdish rebels in his party's manifesto for June 7 elections.

Turkey's Kurdish party headquarters attacked, no casualties

Ankara - Unidentified assailants opened fire early Saturday on Turkey's main Kurdish party headquarters in the capital Ankara, raising tensions ahead of legislative elections in June, but with no casualties reported.

Istanbul film festival scraps competitions in censorship row

Istanbul - The annual Istanbul Film Festival on Monday announced that it had scrapped all its competitions this year due to a bitter row over a film about Kurdish rebels pulled from the event following intervention by Turkish authorities.

Turkey, Kurds swap accusations after deadly clashes

Istanbul - Turkey's government and Kurdish militants on Sunday exchanged angry accusations after the most serious clashes this year that threaten to undermine a fragile peace process.

Turkish army says five Kurdish rebels killed in clashes

Istanbul - Five rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed and four Turkish soldiers wounded in a day of clashes Saturday, the army said, in a blow to a fragile peace process to end a decades-long insurgency.

Turkish prosecutor requests acquittal of Dutch reporter

Diyarbakir - A Turkish prosecutor on Wednesday requested the acquittal of a Dutch journalist specialising in Kurdish issues who was accused of spreading "terrorist propaganda" for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Kurds accuse Turkey's Erdogan of 'constitutional dictatorship'

Ankara - The co-chair of Turkey's main Kurdish party has accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to set up "a constitutional dictatorship", vowing his movement will strongly oppose moves to impose one-man rule.

Turkey military, Kurdish clashes test peace process

Ankara - The Turkish military Wednesday responded with artillery fire to attacks launched by Kurdish rebels, raising concerns over the fragility of a peace process to end a decades-long insurgency.

Erdogan rift with Turkey government widens as threats fly

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dug in his heels Monday in what appears to be a widening rift with his own government over the Kurdish peace process.

Erdogan at odds with government over Kurdish peace process

Istanbul - An unprecedented rift emerged Sunday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government over the handling of the peace process to end the decades-long armed struggle by Kurdish militants.

45 dead in attacks on Syria Kurds celebrating new year

Birut - Forty-five people, including five children, were killed in attacks on Syrian Kurds as they celebrated their new year, a monitor said Saturday, accusing the Islamic State group of responsibility.

Kurdish chief calls for congress to end Turkey rebellion

Diyarbakir - Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on Saturday called for Kurds to hold a historic congress to end a decades-long armed struggle against the Turkish state that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

More than 100 killed in Syria attacks

Birut - More than 100 people were killed in Syria in 24 hours of violence after Islamic State fighters attacked regime troops and a suicide bomber caused carnage at Kurdish new year celebrations, a monitor said Friday.

IS claims beheading of three Iraqi Kurdish fighters

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded three Iraqi Kurdish fighters in an online video and threatened to kill more unless the Kurds stop bombardment of jihadist-controlled areas.

U.S.-led raids on IS in Syria after Kurdish plea: monitor

Birut - The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group launched air strikes against the jihadists in a key Syrian village overnight after Kurdish forces appealed for action, a monitor said Saturday.

IS in major assault on Syria border town

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group launched a major offensive Wednesday to try to capture a strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border, sparking fierce clashes with Kurdish militia, a monitor said.

Thousands throng funeral for Turkish author Yasar Kemal

Istanbul - Thousands of mourners, including a Nobel laureate and a former president, turned out for the funeral Monday of Turkish literary giant Yasar Kemal in Istanbul.

Turkey's Kurdish rebels hail 'historic' disarmament call

Istanbul - Kurdish rebels on Sunday hailed as "historic" a call for disarmament made by their jailed leader and said Turkey should speed up reforms to move the peace process forward.

Jailed Kurdish leader in Turkey urges PKK to lay down arms

Istanbul - The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a "historic" decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's long-running Kurdish insurgency.

Top Iraq Kurd officer among six killed in IS attack

Kirkuk - The Islamic State jihadist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters on Friday in a major attack in Iraq's Kirkuk province, an officer and a doctor said.

Kurds expel Islamic State group from Syria's Kobane: Monitor

Birut - Kurdish fighters have expelled jihadists from the Islamic State group from the Syrian border town of Kobane after more than four months of fighting, a monitor said Monday.

Turkish Kurds bury slain child, government denies shooting

Thousands of mourners on Thursday buried a 12-year-old Kurdish boy who activists say was killed by Turkish security forces, a claim vehemently denied by the government.

Tension escalates in Turkey southeast, three killed

Diyarbakir - Three people were killed Saturday in clashes between Kurdish rebels and a rival Kurdish Islamist group in southeast Turkey near the Syrian border, a local governor's office said.

Kurdish protester killed in clashes with Turkish police

Ankara - An 18-year-old Kurdish protester was killed Saturday in unclear circumstances during clashes with police in the majority Kurd region of southeast Turkey, local authorities and witnesses said.
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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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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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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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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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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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Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
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