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Air strikes kill off hopes of end to Turkey's 'endless war'

Ankara - After three decades of fighting for self-rule, Turkey's Kurdish separatists seem as far away as ever from a final peace deal with Ankara after a fragile truce collapsed this weekend.

Turkey's Erdogan says peace process with Kurds over

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara cannot continue the peace process with the Kurds in the face of attacks against Turkish targets.

NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over Islamic State

Brussels - NATO strongly backed Turkey's fight against Islamic State militants at emergency talks Tuesday but some countries expressed concerns that strikes on Kurdish fighters could torpedo peace talks with the rebels.

Paramilitary police commander killed in Turkey: Hospital source

Diyarbakir - Gunmen in a predominantly Kurdish part of eastern Turkey shot dead a paramilitary police commander late on Monday, a hospital source said."The commander was subjected to an armed attack around 2100 local time (1800 GMT)," the source told AFP.

Turkey vows to press ahead with strikes on Kurdish militants

Ankara - Turkey on Monday said it would press ahead with military operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) until the group disarmed."We will continue our fight...

PKK 'never respected' peace process: Turkey

Lisbon - Turkey's foreign minister said Monday that Kurdish rebels "never respected" the peace process with Ankara, with a ceasefire now in tatters after a series of attacks and cross-border offensives.

Forced to strike IS, Turkey gambles on attacking PKK

Istanbul - Forced after months of hesitation to take decisive action against Islamic State jihadists, Turkey has seized the chance to also attack Kurdish militants in strikes that put a fragile peace process at risk.

Turkey launches new strikes on PKK as NATO meeting called

Istanbul - The Turkish military on Sunday launched new air strikes on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq as Ankara invoked an article of NATO to call a meeting of the military alliance over its campaign against the PKK separatists and IS jihadists.

NATO to meet Tuesday at Turkey's request

Brussels - Ambassadors of NATO states will meet on Tuesday at Ankara's request for talks on a spike in violence between Turkey, the Islamic State group and PKK Kurdish militants, the military alliance said Sunday.

Merkel urges Turkish PM to stick with Kurdish peace process

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stick with the Kurdish peace process despite escalating violence, her office said.

Turkey army blames PKK for deadly attack as truce unravels

Istanbul - The Turkish army on Sunday blamed PKK militants for a deadly car bomb attack that killed two of its soldiers in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, as a fragile truce risked collapsing after Ankara's air strikes on rebel positions in Iraq.

Turkish jets bomb PKK Kurdish rebels in Iraq: Spokesman

Arbil - Turkish warplanes bombed military positions of Turkey's rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in neighbouring Iraq Friday, a spokesman for the rebel organisation said.

Turkey PM vows to puruse operations against IS, PKK

Istanbul - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed Friday Turkey would continue operations against Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Kurdish militants after it bombed IS targets in Syria and made nearly 300 arrests.

Turkey detains three over 'PKK attack' on police

Urfa - Turkish security forces on Thursday detained three suspects over the killing of two police claimed by Kurdish militants as revenge for a deadly suicide bombing blamed on jihadists.

Militant Kurds kill 'IS fighter' in Istanbul: Reports

Istanbul - A militant group allied to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish party has shot dead in Istanbul an alleged member of the Islamic State group who had fought in Syria, media said Thursday.

Syria regime, Kurds join to fight IS in Hasakeh

Tanriverdi - In two districts of Syria's Hasakeh city, Kurdish fighters and regime forces rest before returning to battle the Islamic State group, a shared enemy being fought jointly for the first time.

Syria Kurds say IS used chemical weapons against them

Birut - The Islamic State group fired chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq last month, Kurdish fighters and weapons experts have said.

Kurdish-U.S. alliance against IS stokes resentment in Syria

Birut - A close alliance between the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State jihadist group and Syrian Kurdish fighters has racked up successes, but also stirred resentments that could hamper the campaign.

Turkey PM ends first coalition talks, only one partner in sight

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday wrapped up a first round of coalition talks, with only one party showing a clear interest in an alliance.

Kurdish militants threaten to attack Turkey dams

Istanbul - A Kurdish militant group on Sunday threatened to stage guerrilla attacks on hydroelectric dams being built in southeastern Turkey, accusing the government of violating a fragile ceasefire.

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?
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Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey join battle against ISIS forces in Syria
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On March 16  1988  at the height of the Iraq-Iran war  at the direction of dictator Saddam Hussein  ...
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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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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Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey join battle against ISIS forces in Syria
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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Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians...
Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians in a serious bid to develop chemical weapons, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned.
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Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
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