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Turkey shifts strategy to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters into Kobane

Istanbul - Turkey said Monday it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga to cross its border and join the battle against jihadists for the Syrian town of Kobane, in a major shift by Ankara which until now had blocked Kurdish fighters.

Turkey says only Syrian refugees can cross border to Kobane

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday said only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross its border to fight jihadists for the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane, rejecting calls from the West to fully open the frontier.

Turkey bombs PKK in first strikes since ceasefire

Ankara - Turkish jets have bombed Kurdish rebel targets in the southeast of the country in the first such strikes against the separatists since an increasingly fragile 2013 ceasefire, officials said Tuesday.

Turkish president vows crackdown on pro-Kurd protests

Istanbul - Turkey's government will seek new powers to crack down on violent demonstrations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, after dozens died in a wave of Kurdish-led protests over Ankara's policies in Syria.

Triple car bomb attack kills 25 in Iraqi town

Buhilab - Three suicide car bomb attacks against offices in a Kurdish-controlled Iraqi town killed at least 25 people on Sunday, most of them Kurdish forces veterans volunteering to re-enlist, officials said.

Kurdish PKK fighters called back to Turkey after protests

Istanbul - A leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) warned on Saturday it had called all its fighters back to Turkey and could resume attacks, after protests over the government's policy on Syria left dozens dead.

Erdogan denounces Turkey protests as peace process 'sabotage'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Thursday that the peace process with Kurdish rebels would not be derailed by "sabotage", after at least 27 people were killed in protests over the government's policy on Islamic State (IS) militants.

Turkey detains Kurds at border on suspicion of links to PKK

Yildiz - Turkey detained dozens of Kurds who crossed the border from the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on suspicion of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), officials said on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Government tweet reveals Turkey’s hatred of Kurds

Ankara - Sometimes a mere tweet, some call it crowd-sourcing, can tell the true story to the world. A Turkey government minister showed the government was wearing no clothes.

Syria, Iraq conflicts spark street clashes in Germany

Berlin - Street clashes pitting Kurds against radical Muslims left 23 people wounded in Germany, police said Wednesday amid fears that fighting in Syria and Iraq could further inflame passions.

Army imposes curfew after 21 killed in Turkey pro-Kurdish protests

Diyarbakir - Turkey's military on Wednesday imposed a curfew in parts of the southeast after at least 21 people were killed in pro-Kurdish protests over the government's failure to act against jihadists attacking the Syrian border city of Kobane.

At least 12 dead in Turkey as pro-Kurdish protests turn violent

Istanbul - Thousands of pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey's inaction in the fight against jihadists on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country on Tuesday, leaving at least a dozen dead and many wounded.

Three dead in Turkey as pro-Kurdish protests turn violent

Istanbul - Pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey's inaction in the fight against jihadists on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country Tuesday, leading to at least three deaths and leaving several wounded.

Kurds watch from Turkey the battle for 'heart of Kurdistan'

Yildiz - The blasts over the Syrian town of Kobane as Kurdish fighters battle Islamic State (IS) jihadists can be clearly seen and felt the short distance away over the Turkish border.

Female Kurdish fighter kills IS forces in suicide bomb attack

As Islamic State (IS) forces continue to advance towards the Syrian town of Kobane, a female Kurdish fighter launched a suicide bomb attack against IS fighters.

Op-Ed: Turkey reneging on promise to confront IS

Ankara - Instead of launching tanks to hit ISIS targets 10 miles away, Turkey President Recep Tayyap Erdogan has gotten into an argument with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Jihadists advance near Syria's Ain al-Arab: monitor

Yildiz - Islamic State (IS) group fighters have advanced further towards the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, a monitoring group warned early Thursday, as local fighters retreated from one of the area's fronts.

Op-Ed: Turkey on brink of attacking ISIS and ISIL

The entire equation of the already complicated fight with Islamic terrorists in the Middle East could change by the end of the week.

Kurd troops attack Iraq jihadists on three fronts

Mosul - Kurdish troops backed by warplanes battled the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq Tuesday, clawing back land lost to the jihadists in recent months.

Kurdish militants claim deadly ambush in Turkey's southeast

Istanbul - Three Turkish police were killed after an ambush in Turkey's overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast, in an attack claimed Saturday by armed Kurdish militants despite a one-and-a-half-year ceasefire.

Op-Ed: IS blows up Saladin shrine, shrine of martyrs

Tikrit - The “Islamic State” continues to destroy every vestige of Islamic greatness it finds. In a recent act of vandalism, they destroyed the shrine to Saladin in his home birthplace, Tikrit.

IS advance spells trouble for Turkey's Kurdish peace process

Istanbul - The advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists through Syria's Kurdish areas has thrown a serious obstacle in the way of efforts to make peace between Turkey and Kurdish militants, just when an end was in sight to a 30-year insurgency.

Iraq Kurds advance but Mosul still out of reach

Arbil - Western support has helped Iraq's Kurdish troops regain ground and momentum against the Islamic State group, but retaking the northern jihadist hub of Mosul remains too big an ask for now.

Kurdish refugees in Turkey adjust to harsh new reality

Suru - When he finally managed to cross the Turkish border to find sanctuary from jihadists in Syria, Abdelaziz Temo looked for shade to find refuge from the sun and water to refresh himself.He stopped in a small mosque in the Turkish border town of Suruc.

The 300: Kurdish fighters enter Syria, try to stop ISIS advances

As an estimated 66,000 Kurds poured over the Syrian boarder into Turkey, fearful of being slaughtered by advancing ISIS forces. More than 300 Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey have entered Syria in hopes of stopping the militant's onslaught.

Kurdish female fighters face jihadists in Iraq's north

- Tekoshin stands on a mountain in north Iraq with a rifle slung over her shoulder and a grenade tucked into her belt, facing jihadists in "a struggle to liberate women".

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.
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