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Kurds News

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Fulya Ozerkan (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Dilay Gundogan (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Sara Hussein (AFP)

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) ...
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 2 comments

Kurdish rebels ramp up pressure ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul - Kurdish rebels in Turkey's southeast are ramping up attacks in a bid to pressure Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to speed up reforms ahead of presidential elections, analysts say.
In the Media by Dilay Gundogan (AFP)

Police, protesters clash in Turkey after two Kurds killed

Lice - Police and demonstrators clashed in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey on Sunday as tensions mounted the day after two Kurdish men were killed in protests that turned violent.
In the Media by AFP

Two Kurdish protesters killed in clashes with Turkey soldiers

Lice - Two Kurdish protesters have died of gunshot wounds sustained during fierce clashes with Turkish soldiers in the country's southeast on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Kurdish protester killed in clashes with Turkey soldiers

Lice - A Kurdish protester has died of gunshot wounds sustained during fierce clashes with Turkish soldiers in the country's southeast on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Turkish troops fire tear gas at Kurdish protesters

Diyarbakir - Five Turkish soldiers were injured on Wednesday during clashes with Kurdish protesters over government plans to build military barracks in the southeast of the country.
In the Media by AFP

Turkish troops fire tear gas at Kurdish protesters

Diyarbakir - Turkish soldiers on Wednesday fired tear gas and water cannon at Kurds protesting plans to build military barracks in the southeast of the country.
In the Media by AFP

Turkey 'driven by greed' in Kurd oil row: Iraq deputy PM

Baghdad - Ankara has been "driven by greed" in an escalating row over oil pumped from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and shipped overseas via Turkey, Baghdad's top energy official told AFP Sunday.
In the Media by Prashant Rao (AFP)

Trench planned for border between Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan

In Iraqi Kurdistan a trench is being dug along the frontier with Syria in order to prevent militants from that war torn country illegally crossing into that territory.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Crunch test for Turkey's Kurds in local elections

Diyarbakir - Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dogged by a graft scandal and street protests, faces another headache as Sunday's local elections near -- rising discontent among the Kurdish minority.One year since the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) decla...
In the Media by Dilay Gundogan (AFP)

Europe court condemns Turkey over jailed Kurd leader

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights condemned Turkey on Tuesday over its "inhuman" treatment of jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.The court ruled that holding the founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in isolation for more tha...
In the Media by Yann Ollivier (AFP)

Iraq criticises Kurds over oil 'grey area'

Baghdad - Iraq's top minister responsible for energy affairs on Saturday criticised the autonomous Kurdish region's push towards exporting oil independently of Baghdad, calling it a grey area lacking in transparency.
In the Media by AFP

Kurds protest on both sides of Syria-Turkey frontier

Protests broke out on both sides of the Syria-Turkey border as Kurds denounce Turkey's plan to build a wall along the international border.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Turkey announces new reforms

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan has announced reforms that will see to the salvaging of the crumbling peace process begun earlier this year with the Kurdish opposition.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Kurdish couple in Turkey wins right to name daughter 'Kurdistan'

A Kurdish couple in Turkey have won the right to name their daughter 'Kurdistan' in reference to their national and cultural identity.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Kurdish rebels begin pullout from Turkey

Kurdish rebels belonging to the militant PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) have began pulling their fighters out of Turkey, and back to their main stronghold in northern Iraq.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari

Iraqi PM willing to work on fragile relations with Turkey

Baghdad - The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki announced on Friday that he would gladly work on reconciling Iraq's relations with Turkey.
In the Media by Jody-Lan Castle
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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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