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Demirtas the 'Kurdish Obama' faces his biggest test

Ankara - Turkey's charismatic Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas, who led his party to a remarkable breakthrough in June 7 legislative polls, is facing the biggest test of his career as Ankara cracks down on militant Kurds.

Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks U.S.-trained rebel base

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the "moderate" force earlier this week.

Europe responsible for refugees 'drowning in the sea': Erdogan

Jakarta - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Europe on Friday of not doing enough to help refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq, suggesting it was responsible for people "drowning in the sea".Turkey, which has taken in some 1.

U.S.-led raids 'destroy IS bridges' on Syria-Iraq border

Birut - US-led coalition air strikes destroyed early Friday two key bridges used by the Islamic State group on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border, a monitoring group said.

'PKK attack' kills two police as Turkey tension mounts

Istanbul - Two more Turkish police were killed Friday in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants as tensions in the country boiled over amid the military's cross-border bombing campaign against extremists in Syria and Iraq.

Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in

Presevo - At the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia's southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union.

Kurds in Turkey's Diyarbakir fear return to 'dark years'

Diyarbakir - With Turkish air force F-16s thundering in the night sky and tanks rolling through the streets, many Kurds in Turkey fear a return to war after a devastating bombing left a ceasefire in tatters.

Turkey probes Kurdish leader, ramps up air strikes against PKK

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Thursday opened a criminal probe against the leader of the main pro-Kurdish party, as Ankara stepped up its controversial air campaign against separatist Kurdish rebels.

Turkish prosecutors open probe against Kurdish leader Demirtas

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Thursday opened a probe against the leader of Turkey's main Kurdish party over bloody October 2014 protests, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

At least '18 dead' in IS attack on Kurd-held Syria town

Birut - At least 18 people were killed Thursday when Islamic State group jihadists attacked a town in northern Syria recently captured by Kurdish forces, a monitor said.

Five dead in attacks as Turkey battles PKK

Istanbul - Five people died Thursday in new attacks on the Turkish security forces blamed on Kurdish militants, as Ankara stepped up its controversial campaign against the separatist rebels.

Turkish policeman, civilian killed in attack blamed on PKK

Istanbul - A Turkish policeman and a civilian have been killed in a gun attack in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast blamed on separatist militants, reports said on Thursday.

Allies tolerate Turkey's double game to boost IS fight: analysts

Ankara - Turkey's allies know it is playing a double game with its twin onslaught against Kurdish rebels and the Islamic State group, but are turning a blind eye to keep NATO's only Muslim member on side, analysts said.

UN proposes new approach in stalled Syria peace quest

New York - The UN envoy for Syria on Wednesday proposed a fresh approach to keeping stalled peace efforts alive by inviting Syrians to take part in thematic working groups that could start in September.

Israel air raids on Syria, Hezbollah targets since 2013

Birut - Israel has launched multiple attacks on Syrian military positions since January 2013.

Turkey pounds PKK, allows US to use base against IS

Ankara - Turkish warplanes on Wednesday pounded targets of PKK rebels in northern Iraq in a new wave of strikes in its campaign against militant groups, as Ankara allowed the United States to use one of its bases to carry out air raids on jihadists.

Israeli strike on Syrian town kills five pro-regime forces: Monitor

Kafer Halab - An Israeli air strike on a government-held village on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights ceasefire line killed five pro-regime forces on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

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.

Syria army, Kurds push IS out of Hasakeh city: monitor

Birut - Syrian troops and Kurdish fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Hasakeh, more than a month after the jihadists attacked the northeastern city, a monitoring group said.

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.

Syria safe zone will help 1.7 mn refugees return: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the formation of a safe zone inside war-torn Syria, free from the Islamic State group, would help the return of 1.7 million refugees.

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.

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.

US and Turkey to create 'IS-free zone' in Syria

Ankara - The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State (IS) jihadists from northern Syria, senior US officials said Monday, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to press ahead with parallel strikes against Kurdish militants.

Turkey 'has not asked' for NATO military help

Oslo - Turkey has not asked for substantial military help from NATO in its campaign against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants, the alliance's chief said ahead of a emergency meeting to discuss the fighting.

Turkey could 'tip Syria balance' as Kurdish villages shelled

Ankara - Turkish tanks shelled Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Monday that a military campaign by Ankara could "change the balance" in the region.

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.

Australian 'IS nurse' remanded in custody

Melbourne - An Australian nurse who allegedly joined Islamic State in Syria was Monday remanded in custody on terror charges relating to carrying out guard duty and reconnaissance for the militants.

Turkey policeman killed in Istanbul clashes

Istanbul - A Turkish policeman was killed on Sunday during clashes with protesters in the flashpoint Istanbul district of Gazi which have raged for the last three days following the death of a leftist activist during raids by the security forces.

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.
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A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
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Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
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Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
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