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Turkey’s Drones Target Kurdish Militants

WarIsBoring - 2018-10-22 11:26
Turkey in recent years has gone from being a buyer of drones to a producer of them. It has built and fielded a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles, including armed ones, in combat. As invariably is the case is with any new Turkish military equipment, Anka ...

Erdogan promises to reveal full truth in Khashoggi case next week

Waar Media - 2018-10-22 00:35
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to reveal the full details on the Jamal Khashoggi murder case. WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President said on Sunday that he will deliver a statement revealing the truth on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Kh ...

US Boosting Military Presence in Manbij: Report

BAS News - 2018-10-19 21:40
ERBIL — The US is reportedly setting up new bases in Manbij city of northern Syria and sends additional military equipment. Citing an anonymous local official from the region, Sputnik’s Turkish service reported that the new measures by Washington came in ...

Turkey Threatens U.S. Allies in Syria

WarIsBoring - 2018-10-18 21:09
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again threatened to launch further cross-border military operations targeting the United States’ Syrian Kurdish-led allies in the country’s northeast. “God willing, very soon … we will leave the terror nests ...

Kurdistan PM Receives Turkish Delegation

BAS News - 2018-10-18 20:03
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday afternoon Turkish former Minister of Agriculture Mehmet Mehdi Eker for talks on the bilateral ties. During the meeting, where Turkish Consul General Hakan Karacay and Kurdistan Region's M ...

Yeni Safak: Suspect in Khashoggi disappearance dies in car accident

Waar Media - 2018-10-18 15:23
Meshal Saad M. Albostani. WAAR-DUHOK: A Saudi man suspected of involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a car accident, Turkish outlet Yeni Safak reported on Thursday. Meshal Saad M. Albostani, who was inside the Saudi consu ...

Turkish Jets Bombard Kurdistan Border Areas

BAS News - 2018-10-17 23:35
ERBIL - Turkish jets bombarded a number of villages on Wednesday in the Kurdistan Region border areas, allegedly targeting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) headquarters. The aircrafts, according to locals, shelled the areas near the villages of Sargale ...

Well-known Turkish Intellectual Besikci Meets with Masrour Barzani

BAS News - 2018-10-17 16:37
ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, received on Wednesday the well-known Turkish sociologist Ismail Besikci in Erbil. Barzani highlighted Besikci’s efforts and writings in support of the Kurdish struggle for f ...

Iraqi Parliament Deputy Speaker Receives Turkish FM

BAS News - 2018-10-14 22:46
ERBIL - Iraqi parliament deputy speaker Bashar Hadad met on Sunday the Turkish Foreign Mevlut Cavusoglu in Baghdad for talks on the latest political issues between Iraq and Turkey. According to a statement by Hadad's office, the pair discussed the issue ...

Turkey: 22 Migrants Killed in Car Accident

BAS News - 2018-10-14 13:36
ERBIL — At least 22 migrants were killed after their truck crashed traveling across the eastern Turkish province of Izmir on Sunday. Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency published footages and photographs which show the vehicle which fell from a highway into ...

Five IS Suspects Arrested in Turkey

BAS News - 2018-10-13 15:35
ERBIL — Turkish judicial authorities announced that five people were arrested over suspected links with the Islamic State (IS). The arrests were made on Saturday during an anti-terror operation by the Turkish police in the southern province of Mersin, An ...

KRG Working to Bring Back Bodies of Aegean Sea Victims

BAS News - 2018-10-13 13:33
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is working seriously to bring back the bodies of the Kurdish citizens who drowned in the Aegean Sea en route to Europe, said spokesperson Safin Dizayee. “The KRG is in constant contact with the Turkish auth ...

Turkish FM Secretly Met PUK in Baghdad to Discuss Ousting PKK

BAS News - 2018-10-13 12:41
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reportedly held a back-room meeting with a delegation from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) while visiting Baghdad earlier this week, discussing coordination to oust the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PK ...

Turkey condemns Kurdish reporter to 90 months of jail

The Kurdish Project - 2018-10-13 01:48
Taskin said she has faced “physical and psychological torture,” during her detention as Turkish police officers strip-searched her in a humiliating manner. The post Turkey condemns Kurdish reporter to 90 months of jail appeared first on The Kurdish Proje ...

U.S. pastor Brunson leaves Turkey after court frees him

Reuters - 2018-10-12 23:38
A U.S. evangelical Christian pastor left Turkey on Friday after a Turkish court freed him from two years of detention, in a step that could improve ties between the two countries which are strained by differences over Syria, Iran and Ankara's planned purc ...

Turkish court says US pastor Brunson can go free

Waar Media - 2018-10-12 18:56
Brunson, a native of the US state of North Carolina, has lived in Turkey for 20 years. WAAR-DUHOK: A Turkish court ruled on Friday that the American evangelical Christian pastor at the center of a row between Ankara and Washington could go free, a move t ...

Turkish military drone shot down by PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan: footage

E-Kurd - 2018-10-12 16:59
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have shot down a Turkish drone in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, the group’s affiliated media reported. PKK-affiliated media released footage showing a drone do ...

Turkish court rules to release US pastor Brunson

Waar Media - 2018-10-12 16:32
US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson escorted by Turkish plainclothes police officers arrives at his house on July 25, 2018, in Izmir. WAAR-DUHOK: A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release the U.S. evangelical Christian pastor at the center of a bitter diplom ...

YPG announces arrest of 3 ISIS foreign fighters in northern Syria

The Defense Post - 2018-10-12 01:46
The YPG announced the arrest of three men it said were foreign fighters with ISIS, including Canadian recruiter Muhammad Ali, a German man and a Turkish national The post YPG announces arrest of 3 ISIS foreign fighters in northern Syria appeared first on ...

Head of Fatih Coalition Urges Turkey to Withdraw its Forces from Iraq

BAS News - 2018-10-11 21:05
ERBIL - Head of Iraqi Shi'ite Fatih Coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, has called on Turkey to withdraw its military forces from its neighboring country. The Shi'ite official made the request during a meeting with the Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu in Baghdad on Thu ...

Turkey to Reopen Its Consulates in Basra, Mosul: FM

BAS News - 2018-10-11 21:05
ERBIL - Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that his country will reopen its consulates in Mosul and Basra provinces, as they had been closed due to the instability in the neighboring country. The Turkish official made the remarks during a press ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Meets with Incoming Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2018-10-11 16:25
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met on Thursday with the incoming Iraqi Prime Minister to discuss the prospects in the relations between Ankara and Baghdad. According to Iraqi media reports, Cavusoglu has assured the Iraqi official of t ...

Turkey Initiates Talks with Baghdad to Use PUK Against PKK: Source

BAS News - 2018-10-11 13:16
ERBIL — As part of a plan to limit the military movements by the forces linked to Iran, the Turkish government is reportedly beginning talks with Baghdad to encounter the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) with the help of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (P ...

Turkish court ruled to continue jailing 17 Kurdish children – report

The Kurdish Project - 2018-10-11 06:35
A Turkish court has decided to continue imprisonment of 17 Kurdish children arrested in Nusaybin district of the southeastern city of Mardin. The post Turkish court ruled to continue jailing 17 Kurdish children – report appeared first on The Kurdish Proj ...

Halbusi Says Turkey will Increase Water Flow Coming into Iraq

BAS News - 2018-10-10 21:00
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has agreed to increase the water flow coming from the neighboring country into Iraq, said the Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi on Wednesday. According to a statement by Halbusi's office, the Turk ...

Demilitarized zone around Syria's Idlib set up, Turkey says

Reuters - 2018-10-10 17:40
Turkey's defense ministry said on Wednesday the demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib has been formed and heavy weapons have been withdrawn, following an agreement by Russian and Turkish leaders in Sochi last month. ...

Turkish FM to visit Erbil and Baghdad on Thursday

Waar Media - 2018-10-10 14:38
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is set to pay an official visit to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq on Thursday, according to his ministry. During his two-day official visit, Cavusoglu will b ...

Turkish Foreign Minister to Visit Erbil

BAS News - 2018-10-10 09:30
ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is scheduled to visit Erbil and Baghdad this week for a series of meetings with top officials. State-run anadolu Agency reported that Cavusoglu’s trips will take place on 11 and 12 October. The foreign mi ...

Turkey: At Least Seven People Arrested over Suspected Links to IS

BAS News - 2018-10-09 23:08
ERBIL - At least seven people were arrested by the Turkish security forces in Elazig province on Tuesday over suspected ties with the Islamic State (IS). Talking to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, a police source said that four Syrian and three ...

PKK's Political Activist Arrested in Turkey

BAS News - 2018-10-09 21:30
ERBIL - A political activist of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was arrested by the Turkish security forces on Tuesday, local reports said. Dawlat Aslan, head of the PKK activities in Belgium, was in a visit in Turkey when she was taken into custody i ...

Turkey police round up dozens of Kurds over alleged PKK links

E-Kurd - 2018-10-09 14:00
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Turkish police detained dozens of people over alleged links to Kurdish militants in an operation carried out in nine cities including the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir (Amed) in Turkish Kurdistan, the local pr ...

Erdogan asks Riyadh to ‘prove’ journalist left consulate

Waar Media - 2018-10-09 13:27
Security cameras are pictured at the entrance of the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018. WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Riyadh to prove its claim that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, w ...

Turkish Army Claims it Neutralized Nine PKK Fighters

BAS News - 2018-10-08 20:43
ERBIL - The Turkish military claimed that it had neutralized nine members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Kurdistan Region border areas. Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Twitter that the PKK fighters were neutralized in air strikes o ...

IS Destroys Three Water Pipelines in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2018-10-08 20:05
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) militants have destroyed a number of water pipelines in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk, an official said on Monday. Talking to Turkish media outlet Anadolu Agency, Majid Ahmed, a commander from the federal police i ...

Turkish gov’t prosecutes 263 people over social media posts in a week

Waar Media - 2018-10-08 15:16
Social Network WAAR-DUHOK: The Turkish government has investigated 320 social media accounts and taken legal action against 263 users over the last week (Oct.1-Oct.8) on accusations of disseminating propaganda for alleged “terrorist organizations,” the T ...

Turkey Claims Killing of 7 PKK Fighters

BAS News - 2018-10-08 14:43
ERBIL — Turkish Interior Ministry claimed on Monday that its army had neutralized at least 23 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the past week. According to ministry’s statement, a total of 2,421 operations were carried out between 1 a ...

Car Bomb Kills Four in Syria’s Azaz

BAS News - 2018-10-07 09:54
ERBIL — At least four people were killed after a car bomb went off in Azaz city of northern Syria, near the Turkish border, monitoring groups confirmed. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the blast took place in the ...

Turkey Arrests Dozens of People over Suspected PKK Links

BAS News - 2018-10-06 10:19
ERBIL — Turkish security forces have arrested 88 people suspected of having links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the country’s interior minister said on Friday. According to an official statement, the arrests were made across Izmir, Van, Adana, E ...

Seven Turkish soldiers killed in bomb attack in the Kurdish region

E-Kurd - 2018-10-05 12:05
BATMAN, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Seven Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday by an improvised explosive device in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey, the local governor’s office said in a statement. The governor’s office in the Kurdish majorit ...

7 Turkish soldiers killed in blast blamed on Kurdish rebels

Seattle Times - 2018-10-04 11:33
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior Turkish official says Kurdish rebels have detonated an explosive device on a road in southeast Turkey, killing seven soldiers. Numan Kurtulmus, a deputy chairman of the ruling party, said the attack on Thursday occurred nea ...

Turkey Places 65 Kurdish Villages under Curfew

BAS News - 2018-10-04 10:33
ERBIL — Turkish authorities imposed on Thursday a round-the-clock curfew on 65 Kurdish villages in southeast of the country. According to an announcement by Diyarbakir governor’s office, the curfew begins from 06:00 am on Thursday, 4th October, and it wi ...

Four Turkish Troops Killed in PKK Attack

BAS News - 2018-10-04 10:33
ERBIL — Turkish authorities confirmed on Thursday that four soldiers from country’s army had been killed in an attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeast of Turkey. The attack was carried out via an improvised explosive device planted ...

Get ready: The Kurds might soon use drones against Turkey

E-Kurd - 2018-10-03 19:06
Michael Rubin | Washington Examiner In 2013, after months of secret negotiations between imprisoned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s representatives, Turkey and the PKK agreed to a cease-fire, ...

Erdoğan Threatens to Attack PKK in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-10-02 18:47
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again threatened to extend his country's military operations to the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar in an attempt to eliminate the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the region. Erdoğan made th ...

US, Turkey Begin Training for Joint Patrol in Manbij

BAS News - 2018-10-02 10:32
ERBIL — US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday his country had started the trainings with the Turkish armed forces in preparation for joint patrol operations in Manbij area of northern Syria. “The training now is under way and we’ll just have to ...

Turkey Claims It "Neutralized" Three PKK Fighters

BAS News - 2018-10-01 22:53
ERBIL - The Turkish military claimed on Monday it had "neutralized" three members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in an airstrike in the Kurdistan Region border areas on Monday. Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the Turkish General Staff, said ...

The Man in Blue Pyjamas: A Prison Memoir by Jalal Barzanji (review)

Pirtuk û Wêje - 2018-10-01 13:18
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: I am sitting at the window of my apartment, overlooking the mountains that mark out the ancient villages of Dyana and Rawanduz. The Iranian border is sixty kilometres to my right, the Turkish ...

Turkey: Kurdish Film Director Imprisoned over Alleged Ties to PKK

BAS News - 2018-09-29 20:37
ERBIL - A Turkish court in the Kurdish province of Diyarbakir remanded a Kurdish film director in custody on Saturday. According to Kurdistan 24, Giyasettin Sehir was arrested a few days ago in his house, adding that the Kurdish director has been accused ...

German Newspaper Protests Erdogan’s Visit with a Kurdish Headline

BAS News - 2018-09-28 14:13
ERBIL — A German newspaper has protested Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the country with a front-page headline in Kurdish language. Neues Deutschland wrote on its front page “Ne bi xêr tê Erdogan” which translates “You are not welcome ...

Erdogan: Court will decide fate of detained U.S. pastor

Waar Media - 2018-09-26 14:17
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish court, not politicians, will decide the fate of an American pastor whose detention on terrorism charges has hit relations between Ankara and Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said ...

Erdogan, Merkel to meet amid tensions, protests

Waar Media - 2018-09-26 09:46
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a state visit to Germany this week as the two countries seek to rebuild ties after a series of sharp spats but the controversial trip is likely to be overshadowed by protests. It will be Erdogan ...

Turish Court Extends Former HDP co-Leader's Imprisonment

BAS News - 2018-09-25 19:48
ERBIL - A Turkish court has decided to extend the imprisonment of the former co-leader of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), Figen Yüksekdağ Şenoğlu, who has been behind bars for the past two years over alleged spread of “terrorist” propaganda. Şenoğlu ...

Turkish Court Sentences Kurdish Singer to Nearly Two Years in Jail

BAS News - 2018-09-25 17:53
ERBIL - A Turkish court sentenced on Tuesday a Kurdish singer to nearly two years in jail over alleged spread of propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). In his fourth hearing, Farhad Tunj was sentenced to one year, 11 months, and 12 days in a ...

Turkey Arrests IS Leading Member

BAS News - 2018-09-25 10:10
ERBIL — Turkish police announced the arrest of an Islamic State (IS) suspect allegedly communicating orders coming from Syria to the group members in Turkey. Eyup. B, 47, was captured in a police hunt outside a private hospital in the southern province o ...

Ankara Extends Flight Ban on Sulaimaniya Airport for Three Months

BAS News - 2018-09-24 17:33
ERBIL - Turkish government decided to extend the flight ban on the Kurdistan Region's Sulaimaniya province for three more months, an official said on Monday. "Turkey extended their flight ban on the Sulaimaniya airport, starting today to three months fro ...
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