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Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks

Istanbul - Turkey's army chief has warned that the army will do whatever is necessary if its "red lines" are not respected in peace talks with Kurdish rebels.

Op-Ed: Why helping Iraq is the right thing to do

Iraq has been facing dire threats to its security and territorial integrity. Given the situation it's important to evaluate why Iraq is fundamentally worth helping.

Protester and soldier killed in Turkey clashes over PKK statue

Diyarbakir - Two people were shot dead and at least two others wounded Tuesday when Turkish security forces clashed with Kurds protesting at the dismantling of a controversial new statue of a slain PKK commander.

Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials

- Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said.

PKK conflict with Turkey 'coming to an end', says Kurdish leader

Istanbul - The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party's 30-year conflict with Turkey is coming to an end, the group's jailed leader said on Saturday, hailing the start of a new democratic process in the country.

Op-Ed: Have Iraq's 'devil worshippers' pulled off new Great Escape

Sinjar - Teams of U.S. forces landed on Mount 4,448-foot Sinjar in Iraq in a sort of a modern day Moses-like mission to rescue thousands of non-Muslims considered devil worshippers.

Op-Ed: Moment of truth on Mount Sinjar

The humanitarian and military intervention in Northern Iraq to save the Yazidi community is still underway. Its success should be of paramount concern and importance.

Op-Ed: The Islamic State may inadvertently help unify Iraq

The devastating and destabilizing assault carried out against the Iraqi state may actually serve to make it more unified, resilient and stronger than before as the Kurds and the army prepare a counter-offensive together.

Op-Ed: U.S. airpower alone won't alleviate threat to Iraq

It will however help hamper Islamic State from advancing and consolidating gains in areas of Northern Iraq presently under its control and is therefore highly necessary.

Op-Ed: Obama sends Air Force to aid Iraqi Christians

Sinjar - President Barack Obama, risking yet another attack for trying to clean up the Bush Administration’s mess in Iraq, has sent planes to drop food and other supplies to Christians fleeing Sunni Muslims.

Pentagon denies bombing Iraq as Obama mulls attack on ISIS

Sinjar - The Pentagon on Thursday vehemently denied Kurdish reports that US forces had begun bombing Islamist militants in Iraq, as President Barack Obama said he was considering renewed military action in the war-torn nation.

Kurdish party seeks to broaden appeal in Turkey polls

Ankara - With a youthful and dynamic candidate, Turkey's main Kurdish political force is seeking to broaden its appeal in presidential polls where the votes of the Kurdish minority are set to play a crucial role.

Op-Ed: Drawing a line in the dirt in Iraq

The horrendous assault on Iraq's civil society should not stand if the basic tenets of law and human rights are to stand.

Op-Ed: First they came for the Christians and Yazidi's

We should not only care about the plight of the Yazidi community in Northern Iraq, we should be doing our utmost to ensure it does not perish.

Op-Ed: The Kurds are on the front-line in the fight against Islamists

With the black flag of the Islamic State having just been flown over the town of Sinjar and the displacement of thousands more Iraqis in the north we're once again reminded of the threat posed by a strong invigorated ISIS.

Islamic State grabs Iraq's largest dam and another oilfield

Mosul - The Islamic State has added three more towns, an additional oilfield and Iraq's largest electricity-producing dam to its spoils of war today after defeating Kurdish forces as they continue in their efforts to topple the country's Shi'ite-led government.

Dust storm strikes blow to key Iraq parliament session

Arbil - Deep divisions among Iraqi politicians pose major challenges for the government formation process, but on Sunday, another was added to the mix: the weather.

Turkey passes bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Ankara - Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid to win presidential elections next month.

Kurdish rebels 'to resume Turkey withdrawal in September'

Ankara - Kurdish rebels will begin a stalled withdrawal from Turkey into their safe haven in northern Iraq after parliament passes reforms aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency, local media reported on Saturday.

Turkey softens stance on independence for Iraqi Kurds

Istanbul - After embarking on a peace process with homegrown Kurdish militants, Turkey is finally reconciling itself with the prospect of an independent Kurdish state in neighbouring war-torn Iraq.

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence in months: leader

London - Iraq's Kurds will hold an independence referendum within months, their leader Massud Barzani said on Tuesday, as the region reels under a brutal offensive by Sunni jihadists who have declared an Islamic caliphate.

Op-Ed: ISIS declares Caliphate in Iraq — PR exercise or call to arms?

Baghdad - ISIS have declared themselves a Caliphate, a move which experts say could redefine jihadism. It could also be a signal to Al Qaeda that ISIS is now the leading jihad faction. The declaration appears to be as much a PR move as an ideological statement.

Unprecedented Kurdish peshmerga deployment in Iraq

Arbil - The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants in northern Iraq has prompted the country's Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defence of their autonomous region.

Iraq's Barzani says Kurdish self-rule in Kirkuk to stay

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said Friday there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters."Now, this (issue) ...

Turkey presents bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Istanbul - A peace process aimed at ending a decades-long conflict between Turkey and Kurdish rebels was given a major boost on Thursday as the Turkish government proposed reforms to revive stalled talks.

Turkey presents bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Istanbul - The Turkish government submitted a reform bill to parliament on Thursday to revive the stalled peace talks with Kurdish militants, in an apparent bid to seek votes from Turkey's biggest minority group in August presidential polls.

Teen killed as Turkish protesters clash with police

Ankara - A 15-year-old Kurdish teenager died on Sunday night as protesters clashed with police in the city of Adana in southern Turkey, local media reported.

Iraq air strike on Kurdish forces 'kills six'

Sulaymani - An Iraqi air strike hit a convoy of Kurdish forces which have moved into an area of eastern Iraq during a militant offensive, killing six fighters, officers and a doctor said Sunday.

Op-Ed: The real fight hasn’t begun for ISIS — Iran sends troops to Iraq

Baghdad - It’s no great surprise that ISIS has easily overwhelmed Iraq’s F class army on the road to Baghdad. The problem for ISIS is that the real military power in Iraq is elsewhere, and far more experienced.

Op-Ed: American airmen evacuating Iraqi air base

Baghdad - The surprisingly fast collapse of the Iraqi military has forced the evacuation of Americans from Balad Air Force Base. Several hundred Amerians were waiting to leave.
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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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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.
Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
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A festival-goer holds the flag of a banned Kurdish organization.
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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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