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PKK Burns Five Military Trucks SE Turkey

BAS News - 2017-05-24 19:26
ERBIL— The guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Wednesday set fire to five trucks of the Turkish army and a government vehicle in Agiri province. The event happened as a group of PKK fighters blocked a route near Gulizar village, close to T ...

Turkey’s Influence Peddling / David L. Phillips

KurdPress - 2017-05-24 11:51
Donald J. Trump promised to drain the swamp of lobbyists and influence peddlers. Yet, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has spent millions to influence the US government. Erdogan feels sufficiently immune that he watched his personal security beat up peac ...

US dispatches military equipment to YPG

KurdPress - 2017-05-23 22:35
The U.S. dispatched around new 100 trucks consisting of military equipment to the pro-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria on May 15 and May 20, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. ...

Partition Will be a Disaster For Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Manish Rai | Ekurd.net Since the creation of de-escalation zones inside Syria with Russia, Iran and Turkey as guarantors the talks for partition of the country is gaining momentum. This idea of de-jure partition of Syria was officially the Plan B of John ...

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 ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 22, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Zakho of Iraqi Kurdistan has become drug gateway to Turkey, Syria Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Independent Commission for Human Rights said the region’s district of Zakho has become a gateway between Iran, Turkey and Syria for drug trafficking. Head o ...

Rape, murder, displacement in al-Shahba occupied lands

ANHA - 2017-05-22 15:19
TOLIN HASAN AL-SHAHBA– Women in al-Shahba regions are suffering from frequent attacks in the villages held by Turkey-backed mercenaries, in addition to that, the only gynecologist in the region was deported. Over the past period, IS mercenaries have hande ...

HDP elects new co-leader

KurdPress - 2017-05-21 10:40
Turkey's pro-Kurdish party elected a new co-leader on Saturday, May 20, to replace Figen Yuksekdag, who has been in jail on terrorism charges since November last year and was stripped of her parliamentary status three months ago. ...

Defining a Foreign Terrorist Organization / David L. Phillips

KurdPress - 2017-05-20 11:43
Donald J. Trump declared: “We support Turkey in the first fight against terror and terror groups like ISIS and the PKK, and ensure they have no safe quarter, the terror groups” (16 May 2017). Equating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with the Ku ...

HDP to hold extraordinary congress

KurdPress - 2017-05-20 07:39
Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will hold an extraordinary congress on May 20 to fulfill its legal procedures and elect a new co-chair to replace the jailed Figen Yuksekdag, who lost her parliament seat in February and party membership ...

Iraqi Turkmen working on making Kirkuk ‘a separate region’

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
KIRKUK,— The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk says that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that. As one of Iraq’s smaller ethnic groups, ...

Turkey says U.S. envoy McGurk should be fired for backing the Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key U.S. ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top U.S. envoy shoul ...

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 ...

US Chooses to Support Syrian Kurds in Anti-IS Battle

BAS News - 2017-05-19 00:40
LEEDS — US has decided to cooperate with the Syrian Kurds rather than Turkey in Iraq, as Washington believes Ankara has not properly put effort into fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) and terrorism in generally, Kurdish representative to Russia sa ...

KRG, Turkey to Open New Border Crossing Soon

BAS News - 2017-05-19 00:21
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is working on the infrastructures to connect its Mergasour district with Shamzinan over the border in neighbouring Turkey. Mergasour Mayor Ghafour Ahmed told BasNews on Thursday that the efforts are followi ...
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