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Syria Kurds regain control of Tal Abyad after IS attack: monitor

Birut - Syrian Kurdish forces regained full control of Tal Abyad on Wednesday, expelling Islamic State group fighters who had seized a district of the strategic border town, a monitor said.

IS re-enters Syria's Tal Abyad, takes district: monitor

Ak - Islamic State group fighters re-entered Syria's Tal Abyad Tuesday, seizing a district from the Kurdish forces who captured the border town in a key victory two weeks ago, a monitor said.

Turkey holds security meet; speculation on Syria action

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a top security meeting Monday as media speculated that Ankara was planning a military intervention in Syria, following gains there by Kurds against the jihadists.

Turkey will 'never allow' Kurdish state in Syria warns Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.

Turkey rejects claims IS raided Kobane from its soil

Ankara - Ankara rejected as "black propaganda" claims that Islamic State (IS) militants crossed from Turkey Thursday to carry out a deadly bombings and raids on the Syrian town of Kobane.

Second IS suicide bomber hits Kobane: Monitor

Birut - A second Islamic State group suicide bomber hit the Syrian border town of Kobane on Thursday, hours after the jihadists reentered the symbolic Kurdish town, a monitoring group said.

IS 'executes 23 Kurds' in village near Syria's Kobane

Birut - Islamic State group fighters executed at least 23 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children, in a village south of the border town of Kobane on Thursday, a monitor said.

IS seizes parts of northeast Syria city Hasakeh

Birut - Islamic State group fighters entered the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh overnight, seizing two neighbourhoods from government forces in heavy clashes, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

Kurds emerge as key force in fight against IS 'caliphate'

Baghdad - Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria have emerged as some of the most effective forces battling the Islamic State jihadist group in the year since IS declared a cross-border "caliphate".

Locals fear IS jihadists quietly slipped into Turkey

Ak - As the Syrian town of Tal Abyad taken by Kurds from Islamic State (IS) militants this week looms in the distance, one question troubles the Turkish residents on the other side.What happened to the defeated jihadists?

Kurds' Syria advance causes Turkey anxiety, not jubilation

Ankara - Far from sharing Western euphoria over Kurds' capture of a key border town from Islamic State (IS) jihadists, Turkey is alarmed by the advance of Kurdish forces, fearing that they could create a powerful autonomous region on its doorstep.

Syria refugees return to border town after IS defeat

Ak - Syrian refugees in Turkey began returning to their homes in Tal Abyad Wednesday after Kurdish forces seized the border town in a major blow to the Islamic State group.

IS suffers 'biggest setback' as Kurds take Syria border town

Ak - Kurdish fighters seized control Tuesday of a key border town from the Islamic State group, cutting a major supply line in the biggest setback yet for the jihadists in Syria.

Turkey accuses Kurdish forces of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria

Ankara - Turkey's government accused Kurdish forces battling Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Syria of carrying of "ethnic cleansing" of non-Kurdish populations, media said Tuesday.

Kurds in full control of Syria's Tal Abyad: Monitor

Birut - Kurdish militia, backed by Syrian rebel forces, seized full control of a key border town from Islamic State group jihadists early on Tuesday, a monitoring group said.

Kurds in near full control of Syria town

Ak - Kurdish forces seized nearly full control of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on Monday, fighting only pockets of jihadists on a vital supply line for the Islamic State group.

Kurds cut road to IS 'capital' in battle for Syria border town

Ak - Syrian Kurdish fighters on Monday cut a key supply line to the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqa as they battled to seize the jihadist-held border town of Tal Abyad.

Turkey reopens border to Syrian refugees fleeing Tal Abyad

Ak - Dozens of Syrian refugees poured into Turkey on Monday after Ankara reopened the border, fleeing intense fighting between Kurdish fighters and jihadists in northenr Syria.

Thousands flee as Kurds advance on IS-held Syria town

Ak - Kurdish forces advanced Sunday to the gates of a Syrian town and clashed with Islamic State jihadists, an upsurge in violence that saw Turkey open its border to fleeing civilians.

Thousands flee as Syria Kurds advance on IS-held border town

Ak - Kurdish forces pressed their advance on a strategic jihadist-held town in northern Syria on Sunday as terrified residents fled in droves and were pushed back from the Turkish border.

Kurds battle IS on Syria border as Turkey blocks refugees

Birut - Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday to the outskirts of a key Syrian border town held by the Islamic State group, as Turkish forces sought to prevent thousands fleeing the fighting from crossing the frontier.

U.S. citizen killed fighting for Kurds against IS

Suru - A US citizen has been killed fighting for Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the Kobane region of northern Syria, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said Friday.

Turkey detains 17 over deadly clashes in Kurdish city

Diyarbakir - Turkish authorities have detained 17 people over clashes between rival Kurdish groups that left four people dead and inflamed tensions in Turkey's main Kurdish city days after legislative elections, officials said Wednesday.

Deadly clashes rock Turkey Kurdish city after polls

Diyarbakir - Three people were killed Tuesday, including the leader of an Islamist charity, in clashes between rival Kurdish groups in Diyarbakir, the interior ministry said, adding to tensions in Turkey's largest Kurdish-populated city days after legislative elect...

Kurds hope for Turkey peace boost from HDP surge

Diyarbakir - Turkey's Kurds are hoping the electoral success of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) will advance their standing in parliament and spur a stuttering peace process to end decades of violence in the southeast.

Fireworks, gunfire as Kurds fete Turkey poll breakthrough

Diyarbakir - With fireworks and gunshots, Turkey's Kurds celebrated their biggest-ever breakthrough in Turkish politics on Sunday, revelling in the blow dealt to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Demirtas: bright new star of Turkish politics

Istanbul - The leader of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas has emerged as a potent force in national politics after guiding his party past Turkey's notoriously tough 10-percent threshold to win dozens of seats in legislative elec...

Pro-Kurdish party may tip balance in Turkey polls

Mardin - The result is, admits Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) leader Selahattin Demirtas, balanced on a "knife-edge". But the rise of his pro-Kurdish party means it could play the decisive role in determining the outcome of Turkey's legislative elections.

Clashes as protesters storm rally by Turkey pro-Kurdish party

Istanbul - Dozens were injured in eastern Turkey on Thursday as police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse nationalists protesting against an election rally by the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), local officials said.

Gunmen open fire on campaign bus in Turkey, kill driver

Istanbul - Gunmen opened fire on a pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) campaign bus in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday, killing one person just days before parliamentary elections.
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