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Pro-Kurdish party campaigns in shadow of Erdogan threats

Batman - Under daily attack from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and with dozens of its mayors in jail, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party is fighting an uphill battle for this month's local elections.

Syria's Kurds criticise Damascus 'threats'

- Syria's Kurds have criticised the "threatening language" of the Damascus regime after it pledged to retake northeastern areas they control by reconciliation or by force.

Clashes after Kurdish prisoner suicide in Turkish jail

Diyarbakir - The death of a Kurdish activist on hunger strike in a Turkish prison sparked clashes between supporters and police near his grave on Monday as his lawyers and Kurdish party officials said he had committed suicide.

Don't abandon us, Syrian Kurds tell Europe

Paris - A top Kurdish official has called on Europe not to abandon Syrian Kurds once the battle against the Islamic State group is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from Turkey.

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops.

Turkey bans rally for Kurdish MP on hunger strike

Diyarbakir - Turkish police on Friday prevented supporters from rallying outside the home of a pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike for 100 days.

Kurdish MP on hunger strike in Turkey leaves hospital: source

Diyarbakir - A pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike in Turkey for more than three months, was brought to a hospital Wednesday but went home by ambulance after refusing treatment, a hospital source said.

20 years after arrest, Kurdish militant chief remains key figure

Ankara - When Turkish authorities arrested Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan two decades ago, it struck a blow to his outlawed separatist group but experts say his influence remains significant as a key player in any future peace deal.

Imprisoned PKK leader and Turkey's 'nemesis' Ocalan

Ankara - Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish militant leader labelled the "nemesis" of the Turkish state, remains a highly influential figure in the Kurdish movement despite being cut off from the outside world.

Police prevent pro-Kurdish protest in Istanbul

Istanbul - Dozens of Turkish police blocked a march by pro-Kurdish opposition lawmakers in Istanbul on Monday that was organised in solidarity with a hunger striking MP who was released from prison last month.

'Strong suspicion' Turkey police shot rights lawyer: local bar association

Diyarbakir - The bar association in Diyarbakir, Turkey's biggest Kurdish-majority city, on Friday said three police officers should be treated as suspects in the 2015 murder of a prominent rights lawyer.

Syria Kurds say no progress on repatriating French

Kamishli - Kurdish officials told AFP on Friday there was no progress on repatriating dozens of French nationals, including accused Islamic State fighters, women, and children, from prison camps in northern Syria.

Thousands rally for Turkish hunger strikers

Istanbul - Thousands of people rallied in Istanbul Sunday for hunger strikers protesting against the prison conditions of militant Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Kurdish deputy, freed from Turkish jail, vows to press on with hunger strike

Diyarbakir - Despite being released from jail, pro-Kurdish deputy Leyla Guven has vowed to maintain a hunger strike she launched over two months ago until Turkish authorities improve prison conditions for Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Damascus condemns Turkey presence in north Syria as violation of deal

Damascus - The Syrian government on Saturday condemned Turkey's military presence in northern Syria as a violation of a 1998 protocol between the two countries.

Turkey court orders release of hunger striking Kurdish MP

Diyarbakir - A hunger striking pro-Kurdish lawmaker was released under supervision from prison by a Turkish court and sent home on Friday, after an 11-week fast that has left her gravely ill.

Syria anti-IS forces must keep 'special status': Kurdish commander

- Any deal between Syria's Kurds and Damascus should respect the "special status" of Kurdish-led forces who fought the Islamic State group, a top Kurdish commander of those forces said.

IS 'caliphate' in Syria will be defeated within a month: commander

- Military operations against the Islamic State group in Syria are wrapping up and the last pocket of the jihadists' "caliphate" will be flushed out within a month, a top commander said.

Turkey court orders release of hunger striking Kurdish MP

Diyarbakir - A Turkish court on Friday ordered the supervised release of a detained lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) who is seriously ill as a result of her 11-week hunger strike.

Kurd-led forces overrun last IS-held village in Syria: monitor

Beirut - Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, confining its once vast cross-border "caliphate" to two small hamlets, a war monitor said.

Suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Beirut - A suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy in northeastern Syria on Monday killed five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US troops in an anti-jihadist coalition, a monitor said.

Suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Beirut - A suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy in northeastern Syria Monday killed five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US troops in an anti-jihadist coalition, a monitor said.

Thousands rally in Turkey to back detained Kurdish MP on hunger strike

Diyarbakir - Thousands demonstrated Saturday in Turkey's Kurdish-majority southeast to support a detained lawmaker from a pro-Kurdish party who launched a hunger strike in November.

North Syria must be under regime control: Russia's Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday the Syrian regime must take control of the country's north, after calls from the United States to set up a Turkish-controlled "security zone" in the area.

Deadly IS-claimed suicide attack hits US forces in north Syria

Kamishli - A suicide attack killed four US personnel in northern Syria Wednesday, costing Washington its worst combat losses in the war-torn country since 2014 as it prepares to withdraw.

Pompeo 'optimistic' Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

Abu Dhabi - Washington's top diplomat said Saturday he was "optimistic" a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to "defend their country from terrorists" following a US pullout from Syria.

Russian military police starts patrols around Syria's Manbij

Moscow - Russian military police have begun patrolling around the Syrian city of Manbij, a spokesman said Tuesday, moving into an area once held by US-backed Kurdish forces.

Turkey's 12,000-year-old town about to be engulfed

- From the ancient citadel overlooking the valley, Ridvan Ayhan looks at the Tigris with a furrowed brow. The river that supported his family's town for generations will soon destroy it."My grandchildren will not see where I grew up, where I lived.

Pompeo pledges no IS return on Middle East tour

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Monday that the Islamic State group would not be allowed to regroup as he headed to the Middle East following President Donald Trump's surprise decision to pull US troops from Syria.

What next for Syria's Kurds?

Beirut - Syria's Kurds have established an autonomous region during seven years of civil war, but the abrupt decision by their US ally to withdraw has thrown their political future into doubt.
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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.
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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.
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Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey join battle against ISIS forces in Syria
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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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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.
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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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