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Turkey Kurdish leader 'against both coup and Erdogan'

Ankara - Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party strongly opposes the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but will keep up its opposition to the "oppression" of the Turkish strongman, its leader says.

Even after Turkey coup, no end in sight for PKK bloodshed

Istanbul - Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants are locked in a grinding conflict with no end in sight even after the botched coup, following a year of renewed fighting that has sown death and devastation in Turkey’s southeast.

Turkey launches first air strikes on PKK in Iraq since coup: state media

Istanbul - The Turkish armed forces have carried out their first air strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq since last week's coup attempt, killing 20 fighters, state media reported Wednesday.

Seven killed in two PKK attacks in Turkey

Kizilay - Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed six Turkish soldiers and a village guardsman in two separate attacks on Sunday, the army said.

Organiser of Ankara suicide attack killed: Turkish official

Ankara - An organiser of a deadly suicide attack in Ankara in February that left at least 28 people dead has been killed in counter-terror operations in Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey, a Turkish official said on Friday.

Car bomb 'kills 10' in Kurdish-held Syrian border town

Birut - A car bomb killed at least 10 people on Wednesday in a Syrian town near the Turkish border held by US-backed Kurdish-led forces, a monitoring group said.

IS snipers, car bombs await U.S.-backed fighters in Syria's Manbij

Sham - As a knot of US-backed Syrian fighters advanced gingerly into the Islamic State group bastion of Manbij, the crack of a jihadist sniper round forced them to take cover behind a bullet-riddled wall.

Three suspects remanded over Istanbul attack: Report

Istanbul - Three suspects held over an attack in Istanbul this week claimed by Kurdish rebels that left 11 dead have been remanded in custody, the Dogan news agency reported Saturday.

Kurdish rebel group TAK claims Istanbul bombing

Istanbul - Militant Kurdish group the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) on Friday claimed a car bombing in the centre of Istanbul that killed 11 people, warning foreign tourists that Turkey was no longer safe for them to visit.

Turkish protesters, police clash over threats against opposition chief

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul to protest against threats made to the head of the main opposition party.

PKK claims attack on police in southeast Turkey

Diyarbakir - Outlawed Kurdish rebels on Thursday claimed a suicide car bombing at a police station in southeastern Turkey that killed six people including a pregnant policewoman.

Turkey car bomb kills two police officers

Ankara - Two police officers were killed in a car bomb attack on Wednesday in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, a day after 11 people were killed in an attack on a police bus in Istanbul.

Erdogan approves lifting of MPs' immunity

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed into law a reform lifting immunity for lawmakers, his office said, in a move critics believe is aimed at evicting pro-Kurdish MPs from parliament.

Turkey Kurdish leader says 'not afraid' of trial

Istanbul - The co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said on Sunday he was "not afraid" of being put on trial after parliament scrapped the immunity of dozens of MPs in a hugely controversial move.

Iraq Kurds retake nine villages from IS

Arbil - Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces wrapped up an operation east of the Islamic State group's northern hub of Mosul Monday after recapturing nine villages, a statement said.

Residents return to ravaged Turkish town as curfew lifted

Y - Residents on Monday cautiously returned to a war-ravaged town in Turkey's southeast after authorities partially lifted a more than two-month curfew following a major operation against Kurdish militants.

Erdogan condemns US support of Kurdish militias in Syria

Diyarbakir - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday condemned the United States' support of Kurdish fighters in Syria after AFP pictures revealed US commandos wearing the insignia of a militia branded a terror group by Ankara. "The support they give to....

U.S. commandos ordered to remove 'inappropriate' YPG patches

Washington - US special operations forces photographed in Syria wearing the insignia of Kurdish troops considered terrorists by Turkey have been ordered to remove the patches, a military spokesman said Friday.

Turkey enraged by 'unacceptable' US backing of Kurdish militia

Antalya - Turkey on Friday accused its NATO ally the United States of "unacceptable" behaviour after US commandos in Syria were pictured assisting a Kurdish militia that is branded a terror group by Ankara and even wearing their insignia.

Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country on Monday.

Bombs kill 8 in northeast Syria as U.S. commander visits

Kamishli - Bombings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people in northeastern Syria hours after a top US commander visited, security forces said Sunday.

Merkel 'to raise concerns over Turkey's democracy' with Erdogan

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will raise concerns over democracy in Turkey when she meets President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week, her spokesman said Friday, as Ankara began a final vote on a contentious bill lifting parliamentary immunity.

Turkey approves controversial law scrapping immunity for MPs

Ankara - Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.

Turkey parliament backs hotly-contested immunity bill

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved, in a preliminary vote, a controversial bill that would strip dozens of deputies of their parliamentary immunity and which pro-Kurdish lawmakers say is directly aimed at driving them out of the legislature.

Turkey buries victims of PKK blast last week that killed 16

Diyarbakir - Turkey on Tuesday buried over a dozen victims of a massive blast in its southeast last week that killed 16 people when a truck laden with explosives by Kurdish militants planning a major attack detonated prematurely.

One Turkish soldier, two PKK militants killed in clashes: army

Ankara - One soldier and two Kurdish rebels were killed in clashes on Saturday in Turkey's restive southeast, the Turkish army said.

Eight Turkey troops killed in anti-PKK operations: Army

Diyarbakir - Six Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday in a clash with Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country while two more lost their lives when a military helicopter sent to the scene crashed, the army said.

Turkey says four 'bombmakers' killed in blast in Kurdish majority southeast

Diyarbakir - A powerful blast that shook an area near the Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Thursday killed four "bombmakers" and injured at least 10 other people, the interior ministry said.

Alleged Turkish military abuses 'extremely alarming': UN

Geneva - The UN rights chief decried Tuesday a range of abuses allegedly committed by the Turkish military, including shooting unarmed civilians and allowing more than 100 people to burn to death.

Three Turkish soldiers killed, 14 wounded in PKK attack: army

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in an attack Sunday in the Kurdish-dominated southeast blamed on militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the army said.
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