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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.

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.
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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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A festival-goer holds the flag of a banned Kurdish organization.
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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 map of Greater Kurdistan showing Kurdish areas in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
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Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey join battle against ISIS forces in Syria
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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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