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Turkish warplanes are hovering over Rajo and Shia

ANHA - 2017-05-23 17:53
AFRIN- Turkish warplanes are hovering over Rajo and Shia districts in Afrin canton. According to a military source, warplanes have set off from the Turkish lands and have hovered over Rajo and Shia districts. The Turkish warplanes are still hovering over ...

Turkey steps up training of Free Syrian Army which fought Kurdish YPG

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey has stepped up training of the Free Syrian Army FSA, which has fought alongside Turkish forces against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State group IS, official media said Saturday. Turkey has vowed to battle Kurdish mi ...

Turkish Beşiktaş Football School Opened in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-05-20 23:49
ERBIL — The Turkish Beşiktaş football club opened on Saturday a football school in Erbil in a ceremony attended by the Turkish consul-general in Erbil. Beşiktaş Footabll School was opened on Saturday in a ceremony attended by Mehmet Akif, the Turkish Con ...

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US State Department summons Turkish ambassador

KurdPress - 2017-05-19 15:09
The U.S. State Department has summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kilic on May 17 over a street brawl outside the Turkish diplomatic mission that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’ ...

U.S. senators condemn Erdogan’s guards attack on Kurdish protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
WASHINGTON,— U.S. Senators John McCain (Republican-Arizona) and Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-California) have signed a joint statement to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemning the recent violence directed from Erdogan’s security personnel again ...

Washington, Ankara spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
WASHINGTON,— The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident added to U.S.-Turkish ten ...

Turkey targets opposition newspaper over suspected coup links

Reuters - 2017-05-19 13:40
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for the owner and three employees of an opposition newspaper, a police source and the paper said on Friday, part of a continuing media crackdown that has alarmed rights groups and Turkey ...

Violence Erupts as Erdogan’s Goons Attack Protesters in Washington

The Kurdish Project - 2017-05-18 21:41
The following article was originally published in Foreign Policy. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had a pretty good year — consolidating his executive powers, purging Turkey of pesky encumbrances like a free press and hundreds of thousands of ...

[In Pictures] Barzani Visiting Wounded Peshmerga in Amman Hospitals

BAS News - 2017-05-18 18:54
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani on Thursday visited a group of wounded Peshmerga troops who were in Amman, Jordan for remedy. The Peshmerga forces whom Barzani met today suffered injuries in Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar vicinity on Apri ...

US says Erdogan’s bodyguards behind brutal attack on Kurdish protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 14:12
WASHINGTON,— The US State Department has confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail was behind the brutal attack on Kurdish protesters in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Police believe “there could be a diplomatic immunity issue.” ...

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks: media

Reuters - 2017-05-18 08:18
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week that Turkey would act "without asking anyone" if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reporte ...

Trump meeting had no achievements for Erdogan: daily

KurdPress - 2017-05-18 08:10
The Guardian daily stated about the Tuesday meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump that the meeting did not have any achievement for the Turkish side. ...

Turkey slams U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
ANKARA,— Turkey on Wednesday slammed as unacceptable a US plan to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was “out of the question” for Turkey to accept any direct or indirect help for the PKK. “The United States and T ...

Turkey’s Erdogan urges U.S. to reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
ANKARA,— Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the United States to reverse a decision on arming Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers terrorists, saying he would raise the issue in talks with Donald Trump next week. The Kurdi ...

U.S. to arm Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan ‘very quickly’

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— The United States will soon start delivering weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), despite furious Turkish objections, a US military spokesman said. A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and coul ...

Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet after US decision to arm Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON,— Pentagon chief Jim Mattis met Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in London, the most-high profile meeting between American and Turkish officials since the US announced it would arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan. In a bri ...

U.S. told Turkey Syrian Kurdish YPG would not stay on in Raqqa: PM

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON— The United States has told Turkey the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia would not remain in the region after an operation on Syria’s Raqqa, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in London where he is on an official ...

Underlying reasons for Erdogan-Masrour Barzani meeting in U.S.

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— Turkish President Erdogan and Iraqi Kurdistan intelligence official Masrour Barzani will also be in the US at the same time. This is no coincidence. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will be visiting the US soon. KDP President Massoud Barzani ...

Turkey’s Erdogan seeks to sway Trump in crunch U.S. talks

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
ISTANBUL,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Donald Trump on Tuesday in Washington for the first time as president, hoping to entice the American leader into major policy shifts to solidify a crucial but increasingly strained relationship. Tie ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 15, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
Turkish state sets up checkpoints in Iraqi Kurdistan Amedi: It is claimed that the Turkish army has set up checkpoints and is performing ID control in Amadi area in Duhok province of Iraqi Kurdistan, Berwarê Bala and Kanîmasî regions. Speaking to the SNN ...

On both sides of Turkish border, peace with Kurds in ruins

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SIRNAK, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— The rise of a Kurdish militia in Syrian Kurdistan over the course of the Syrian civil war has expanded Turkey’s 30-year Kurdish conflict beyond its frontiers and, to some degree, beyond its control. In few places is this ...

Erdogan’s bodyguards clash with Kurdish protesters in Washington

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— Two people were arrested during a brawl outside the residence of Turkey’s ambassador to Washington following a White House visit Tuesday by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Local news reports said Erdogan supporters and Turkish security guard ...

Trump, Erdogan vow friendship despite anger at U.S. arming Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood side by side at the White House on Tuesday and promised to strengthen strained ties despite the Turkish leader’s stern warning about Washington’s arming of Syrian Kurdish militia. F ...

Five PKK Members Gunned down in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-05-17 21:32
ERBIL— In three separate operations in eastern and southeastern Turkey on Wednesday five members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported. In two separate operations in Gurpinar and Muradiye districts of eas ...

Turkish jets hit Kurdistan Region for second time in a day

KurdPress - 2017-05-17 12:59
Turkish military jets shelled areas around the district of Amedi in the Kurdistan Region for a second time on Tuesday, May 16, nearly four hours after airstrikes hit the foothills of a mountain in the district. ...

Turkish PM vows “cross-border operations” if US assurance not given

KurdPress - 2017-05-17 10:27
Turkey will not hesitate to launch cross-border military operations against “terror organization” if necessary assurances are not given by the U.S., Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said ahead of a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

Trump, Putin, Erdogan and the Kurdish problem / Murad Yetkin

KurdPress - 2017-05-17 10:27
Soon after a meeting in Beijing with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a press conference that he would maintain Russia’s contact with the “Kurdish formations” in Syria that are fig ...

Mattis Confers With Turkish Counterpart at White House

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-17 09:57
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık met at the White House and firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, said the Pentagon's chief spokesperson. ...

U.S., Turkish presidents vow to repair ties

KurdPress - 2017-05-17 07:18
U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Tuesday to repair bilateral relationship fraught with difficulties in the past, though division between the two sides still run deep. ...

Erdogan Praises Trump, Denounces U.S.'s Kurdish Allies in Syria

WSJ - 2017-05-17 01:57
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised U.S. President Donald Trump and hailed his visit to Washington as the launch of a new cooperative era for the two countries, but he attacked America’s Kurdish partners in Syria as terrorists. ...

Trump hosting Turkey's Erdogan as tensions simmer

Reuters - 2017-05-16 18:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was set to hold talks on Tuesday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid tensions over the U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria that angered Ankara, a crucial partner in the U.S.-led coalition aga ...

Turkish Airstrikes Destroy Large Agricultural Area on Kurdistan Borders

BAS News - 2017-05-16 15:53
ERBIL— Large swathes of farms in the bordering areas of the Kurdistan Region were destroyed on Thursday during air raids conducted by Turkey. The airstrikes, against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) began at 11:00 a.m. at three villages of Amedi, Duhok ...

Turkish incursion into Idlib irritates locals

ANHA - 2017-05-16 14:14
Turkish forces incursion into the Syrian territories has provoked Ain al-Bayda town civilians, Ain al-Bayda lies in the western countryside of Idlib. ...

Erdogan to meet Trump amid disagreements on YPG

KurdPress - 2017-05-16 11:29
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold discussions in Washington on May 16 at a delicate time for bilateral ties after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the direct arming of Syrian Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG). ...

On both sides of Turkish border, peace with Kurds in ruins

Reuters - 2017-05-15 15:24
SIRNAK, Turkey (Reuters) - The rise of a Kurdish militia in Syria over the course of the Syrian civil war has expanded Turkey's 30-year Kurdish conflict beyond its frontiers and, to some degree, beyond its control. In few places is this as evident as in S ...

10 PKK Members Killed in Airstrikes on Kurdistan Borders

BAS News - 2017-05-14 19:06
ERBIL— Bombardment by the Turkish warplanes on Sunday claimed the lives of 10 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in bordering areas of the Kurdistan Region. Citing a statement by Turkish army, Anadolu news agency reported the bombs hit Sinaht ...

Turkish violations on Afrin continue

ANHA - 2017-05-14 14:10
AFRIN- The Turkish occupation army constructed a barrier 600 m along the opposite border to Ali Karo village in Afrin canton. The Turkish occupation army is still escalating on the border of Afrin canton by digging trenches and building barriers opposite ...

Top Turkish business council calls for Kurdish peace

KurdPress - 2017-05-14 13:11
Turkey's largest trade association on Saturday called for a new resolve to make peace between the country's unyielding Kurdish population and the Turkish state during a meeting of top businesspeople in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. ...

China's Xi calls for greater counter-terrorism cooperation with Turkey

Reuters - 2017-05-14 04:02
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation, amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uighurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Mi ...

One civilian killed in Shahba gang attacks

ANHA - 2017-05-13 20:58
SHAHBA – In the ongoing attacks of the Turkish army and backed gang groups against the villages in the Shahba region, one civilian was killed whilst 5 others were injured. According to the information given by the ANHA correspondents in the region, the oc ...

Turkish Army Claims It Killed 7 PKK Guerrillas on Iraq-Turkey Border

BAS News - 2017-05-13 20:52
ERBIL — A total of seven Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) fighters were killed on Turkey-Iraq border on Saturday, Turkish military reported. The Turkish General Staff released a statement on Saturday, saying that the Turkish fighter jets hit a group of PKK ...

80 Children Killed in Single Kurdish Province of Turkey in a Decade

BAS News - 2017-05-13 17:15
ERBIL— During the past 10 years in a single province in southeastern Turkey at least 80 children have been killed in various events, including the fight between the Turkish army and the Kurdish dissidents. Addressing a press conference in Istanbul, Bahar ...

Bus crash kills 17 in southwest Turkey tourist town

Reuters - 2017-05-13 13:35
ANKARA (Reuters) - Seventeen people were killed and 13 injured when a bus carrying Turkish tourists crashed near the southwestern holiday town of Marmaris, a local governor said on Saturday. ...

YPG militia will not stay on in Raqqa: PM

KurdPress - 2017-05-13 13:13
The United States has told Turkey that the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) will not remain in the region after the operation to take Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS), Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on May 12. ...

Two PKK Commanders Killed in Turkish Airstrikes

BAS News - 2017-05-13 11:44
They were killed in the last month's air raids ERBIL — Two military leaders of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed during the Turkish air raids against the PKK positions in the border areas of northern Kurdistan Region over the past weeks. In ...

How Syrian women are gaining new confidence in Turkish refugee camp

Brenda Stoter - 2017-05-13 02:04
Published by Al Monitor on May 2, 2016 ISLAHIYE, Turkey — When Maysa fled from Idlib to Turkey more than four years ago, she thought she would live in the refugee camp in Islahiye close to the Turkish-Syrian border only for a … Continue reading → ...

Construction of a wall along the border of North and East Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-12 02:52
The Kurdistan Human Rights Association has published the newspaper Hurriyet, Turkey: Ankara government is planning to build a wall along the border of North and East Kurdistan. This attempt to pressure the Turkish government against the Kurdish people in ...

Turkish-backed gangs shell Shahba region

ANHA - 2017-05-11 22:57
SHAHBA – The occupying Turkish army and gangs are bombing the Sheikh Issa and Harbal villages with heavy weapons. According to the information given by ANHA reporters in the region, the invading Turkish army and gangs positioned in Marea and Til Malid are ...

Two Turkish Soldiers Killed in Clashes with PKK

BAS News - 2017-05-11 18:15
Five Kurdish guerrillas also died in the fight ERBIL— Two Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 more sustained wounds on Thursday while fighting Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey, Turkish media reported. The two sides confronted each ot ...

Turkish foreign minister warns US arming of Syrian Kurds poses threat

Waar Media - 2017-05-11 16:21
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Wednesday that arming the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurdish forces was no different to arming the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) group fighting in Turkey. Cavusoglu’s remarks ca ...

U.S. to Expand Intelligence Cooperation With Turkey

WSJ - 2017-05-11 03:33
The U.S. is beefing up joint intelligence efforts with Turkey to help that government better target terrorists in the region, in an apparent bid to alleviate Turkish anxieties as the Pentagon implements a plan to arm Kurdish forces operating inside Syria. ...

Trump's Decision to Arm YPG Angers Ankara

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:35
ISTANBUL — The decision to supply weapons to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria is inadmissible and likely to sabotage Turkey's security, said Turkish officials in response to the announcement made on Monday. Ankara "cannot accep ...

Hoisting PKK and Turkish Flags in Kirkuk Against Constitution: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-10 16:59
ERBIL — Raising Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) flag in Kirkuk city is against the Iraqi federal constitution, said a Kurdish lawmaker. Mohamed Osman, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) member of the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that hoisting any fl ...

Four Turkish Soldiers Wounded in Landmine Blast

BAS News - 2017-05-10 16:59
ERBIL— The explosion of a landmine in southeast Turkey on Wednesday afternoon caused injuries to four soldiers, Turkish media reported. A military tank hit the bomb planted by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Bayazit district of Agri, the reports sa ...

Al-Shahba: Turkish occupation army displaces native locals

ANHA - 2017-05-10 10:51
AL-SHAHBA– The Turkish occupation army has displaced 5 Kurdish and Turkmen families from Noman village and has turned the village’s school into a prison to torture detainees. A source from Noman village in al-Shahba regions told ANHA that the Turkish occu ...

U.S. To Arm Kurds In Syria, Despite Turkish Opposition

The Kurdish Project - 2017-05-10 04:02
The following article was originally published in NPR on May 9, 2017. In an effort to retake ISIS’ last major stronghold, President Trump has approved arming Kurdish forces in Syria despite opposition from Turkey. The U.S. will supply the Kurdish element ...

Turkish Police Officer Arrested over Death of Two Kurdish Children

BAS News - 2017-05-09 19:36
ERBIL— A police officer charged with killing two Kurdish children from southeastern Turkey was apprehended Tuesday under a court order. The armored vehicle the police officer drove into a house in Silopi district of Sirnak province on May 3, 2017, left t ...

U.S. upbeat after Turkey talks on Syria, Mattis: 'We'll work it out'

Reuters - 2017-05-09 17:46
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary emerged upbeat on Tuesday from talks with a Turkish official about the fight against Islamic State but did not disclose any progress toward settling a row over U.S. backing for Kurdish ...
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