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Unknown gunman attacks US Embassy in Ankara

Waar Media - 2018-08-20 12:20
WAAR-DUHOK: An unknown gunman fired several shots at the US Embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara from a passing car, smashing a window. Police are looking for the suspect. No one was injured in the attack, local media report. The shooting took place at ...

WSJ: White House rejects Turkey’s offer for pastor’s release

Waar Media - 2018-08-20 12:20
WAAR-DUHOK: The White House has rejected a Turkish offer to release an American pastor in exchange for forgiveness of billions of dollars in US fines on a Turkish bank, expressing that other matters would be considered only after Andrew Brunson is releas ...

Mirani: KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani to visit turkey soon

Waar Media - 2018-08-19 14:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani is set to visit Turkey soon for talks on bilateral ties with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fazil Mirani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) politburo told reporters during a press co ...

Erdogan has been reelected as chairman of AK Party

Waar Media - 2018-08-19 14:57
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been reelected as chairman of the Justice and Development Party, the Anadolu agency reported referring to the results of the voting, which took place at the party’s sixth general Congress in Ankara. All 1, ...

PM Barzani to Visit Turkey for Talks on Bilateral Ties

BAS News - 2018-08-18 22:00
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani is set to visit Turkey soon for talks on bilateral ties with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fazil Mirani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) politburo told reporters during a press confer ...

Turkish, US Forces to Start Training for Joint Patrols in Manbij

BAS News - 2018-08-18 21:25
ERBIL - US and Turkish forces are expected to start training joint patrols in the city of Manbij in northern Syria in accordance with the Manbij roadmap, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday. State-run Anadolu Agency reported, citing a statement ...

Erdoğan Says Turkey Won't Surrender to US's Sanctions

BAS News - 2018-08-18 20:41
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned on Saturday of "far-reaching consequences" if Washington carries on "disrespecting" Turkey's sovereignty amid the latest deterioration in ties between the two NATO allies, a report said. The Turkish t ...

Syria: IS Attacks US Forces

BAS News - 2018-08-18 20:41
ERBIL - Islamic State (IS) insurgents attacked on Saturday a housing facility of the US soldiers in the province of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, a report said. Turkish Anadolu Agency cited local sources as saying that the IS militants had attempted to d ...

Thirty-five years on, no political solution for Kurdish-Turkish conflict

Frederike Geerdink - 2018-08-18 15:15
Rage engulfed Turkey in late July 2018 when a woman and her 11-month-old son were killed, reportedly by a roadside bomb, after leaving an army base in the south-eastern province of Hakkari. The woman had paid a surprise visit to her husband, who worked as ...

Baghdad Denies Coordination in Turkish Airstrike on PKK in Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-18 10:00
ERBIL — Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has decried the Turkish airstrike targeting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sinjar, saying there had been no coordination between Baghdad and Ankara for the raid. In a statement on Friday, ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mah ...

Turkish Airstrike in Iraqi Territory Kills a Kurdish Militant Leader

The Kurdish Project - 2018-08-18 07:25
A Turkish airstrike this week killed a senior leader of an organization banned in Turkey as his convoy was leaving a village in northern Iraq, officials said. The post Turkish Airstrike in Iraqi Territory Kills a Kurdish Militant Leader appeared first on ...

Turkish Jets Bombard Mount Qandil Again

BAS News - 2018-08-17 22:09
ERBIL — Turkish warplanes on Friday pounded Qandil mountainous areas of the Kurdistan Region allegedly targeting Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). Locals confirmed to BasNews that the fighter jets conducted two separate airstrikes near Warte and Sangasar s ...

Iraq condemns Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar, denies coordination

E-Kurd - 2018-08-17 20:41
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday denounced Turkish airstrikes on the Yazidi district of Sinjar (Shingal) in northwest Iraq, which killed the commander of PKK forces in the area. The ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Mahjoub, denied any coo ...

KNK PRESS REALEASE: The Turkish State Attacks the Yezidis in Sinjar

Koerdisch Instituut - 2018-08-17 11:16
The Turkish state’s hostility towards the Kurdish people and the Yezidi people continues, and their campaign of violent attacks persists. Yesterday, on 15 August 2018, Turkish warplanes bombed the Sinjar region of Iraq and killed and injured many Yezidis. ...

Footage of Turkish Airstrike on Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-16 23:37
ERBIL - Turkish military has released the footage of one of its air strikes on the Yezidi populated region of Sinjar conducted on Wednesday in which five members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (KDP), including a senior official known as Zeki Shingali, w ...

PKK confirms death of Commander Zeki Shingali

Waar Media - 2018-08-16 17:35
WAAR-DUHOK: A senior commander with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) has been killed by a Turkish airstrike in Southern Kurdistan Shingal District, the Yezidi (Ezidi) Society Coordination (YSC) confirmed on Thursday. Shortly after, Turkish media outlet ...

US-Turkish tensions add to regional risk

Kathimerini - 2018-08-16 15:33
stability. The issues at stake are well known. Turkey objects to American support for Kurdish forces... Washington’s perspective, the Kurdish militias in Syria have been among the most effective allies ...

Turkish jets target Shingal

Waar Media - 2018-08-16 14:34
WAAR-DUHOK: Only a day after Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Ankara, Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes in Shingal area. The strike reportedly targeted a checkpoint belonging to the armed forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party ...

U.S. says new tariffs on Turkey to stay

Waar Media - 2018-08-16 14:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S. and Turkey remained locked in a stalemate that has jolted global markets, as the White House said new tariffs on Turkish goods would remain and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a financial lifeline from Qatar that should buy h ...

Baghdad Backstabs Its PKK Ally

BAS News - 2018-08-16 10:23
ERBIL — Following the Turkish multiple airstrikes on Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) positions in Sinjar, and the killing of several PKK members, including commanders, there are indications that the attack was coordinated by the Iraqi army and Iranian-bac ...

Turkish Jets Strike Sinjar

BAS News - 2018-08-15 23:50
ERBIL — Only a day after Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Ankara, Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes in Sinjar area. The strike reportedly targeted a checkpoint belonging to the armed forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party. A l ...

Turkish court releases local Amnesty head: Amnesty

Reuters - 2018-08-15 19:45
A Turkish court has released Taner Kilic, the local honorary chairman of Amnesty International, from prison, the human rights group said on Wednesday in one of several cases that have caused expressions of concern over Ankara's human rights record. ...

Turkish court reportedly rejects appeal to release US pastor

Waar Media - 2018-08-15 14:38
WAAR-DUHOK: A lawyer for the evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, detained by the Turkish authorities in 2016, stated that a higher court had yet to rule on the appeal to the case, which raised tensions between the countries. An Izmir court meanwhile has r ...

Turkish Court Rejects to Release American Pastor

BAS News - 2018-08-15 12:26
ERBIL - A Turkish court has rejected an appeal asking for the release of an American pastor who has been arrested in his house, a report said on Wednesday. American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson's lawyer told Reuters that the appeal is yet to be ruled ...

Turkey increases tariffs on US imports

Waar Media - 2018-08-15 12:26
WAAR-DUHOK: According to the country’s Official Gazette, the decree signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, raised the levy on passenger cars by 120 percent, on alcoholic drinks by 140 percent and on leaf tobacco by 60 percent. Tariffs were als ...

Ankara Raises Tariffs on Part of Washington Imports

BAS News - 2018-08-15 11:54
ERBIL - A decree has been signed by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan which raises the levy on passenger cars, the alcoholic drinks, and leaf tobacco, as well, according to the country's Official Gazette. Sputnik has cited the report as explaini ...

Abadi Discusses New Border Crossing with Erdoğan

BAS News - 2018-08-14 23:46
ERBIL - Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met on Tuesday in Ankara where they reaffirmed their commitment to creating a second border crossing linking the two countries. Both leaders, at a press conference after the meet ...

killing of a Turkish soldier and a leader of mercenaries

SDF Press - 2018-08-14 18:28
The media Office of the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) issued a written statement to public opinion on Tuesday 14-8-2018, in which it pointed out that a Turkish soldier and one of the mercenary leaders killed as part of their ongoing military operations a ...

Iraqi PM Abadi meets Erdogan in Ankara

Waar Media - 2018-08-14 17:11
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived on Tuesday in Ankara to discuss bilateral relations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to a statement from Abadi’s office, the Iraqi premier is expected to discuss a range o ...

White House monitors Turkey situation ‘very closely’

Waar Media - 2018-08-14 11:11
WAAR-DUHOK: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said on Monday the Trump administration is monitoring the financial situation in Turkey “very closely” after the Turkish currency fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on Monday. “We’re monito ...

Kurdistan PM to Visit Turkey

BAS News - 2018-08-13 18:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is scheduled to visit Turkey this week at the invitation of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The ruling party is set to hold its sixth congress on 18th August. Turkish President who also l ...

Financial Times: Turkey seeks Qatar alliance for way out of crisis

Waar Media - 2018-08-13 17:49
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proved willing to back down in diplomatic disputes when the circumstances required it. As his row with Donald Trump ramped up in recent weeks, wreaking havoc on the Turkish lira, many analysts were c ...

Turkey Claims the Killing of 35 PKK Fighters in One Week

BAS News - 2018-08-13 12:22
ERBIL — Turkish Interior Ministry has claimed that the country’s army had killed 35 fighters for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the past week. According to a statement cited by the state-run Anadolu Agency, the Turkish army carried out 2,218 gro ...

Turkey Launches Crackdown on Social Media Users Commenting on Economy

BAS News - 2018-08-13 12:22
ERBIL — Turkish authorities have ordered a crackdown on the social media users who comment on country’s economy as it faces challenges at the wake of tensions with the US. Turkish interior ministry said on Monday that legal procedures will be taken again ...

Syria: Explosion at Weapons Depot Kills 39

BAS News - 2018-08-12 23:39
ERBIL - At least 39 people, including 12 children were killed on Sunday in a blast at a weapons depot in northwest Syria, a monitor said. Multiple reports said that the explosion occurred in the rebel-held town of Sarmada, near the Turkish border and nor ...

Iran Promises Closer Ties with Turkey as US Sanctions Both

BAS News - 2018-08-12 13:47
ERBIL — Following the increasing sanctions imposed by the US on both Iran and Turkey separately, Tehran has promised to bolster “good” relations with Ankara. "We hope that the Turkish government and people will manage these conditions and pressure impose ...

Turkish “new economy approach” unhelpful to lira’s free fall

Waar Media - 2018-08-12 13:29
WAAR-DUHOK: Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak held a meeting on Friday at Dolmabahçe Palace in İstanbul to announce the policies Turkey would adopt for the new term, called the “New Economy Approach,” promising “decisive and strong steps,” the ...

Erdogan asks for cash from Kuwait Emir over phone

Waar Media - 2018-08-12 13:29
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday held a phone conversation with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, according to presidential sources. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, said ...

Disgruntled by US, Erdogan implies alliance with 'other friends'

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-11 21:26
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (center) holds hands with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prior to a meeting in the city of Sochi, Nov 22, 2017. (Photo: Anadolu Agency) ...

Turkish Leader Rejects US's 'Threatening Language'

BAS News - 2018-08-11 21:08
ERBIL - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected on Saturday the "threatening language" of the Washington administration, state-run media said. "They are threatening us. You cannot bring [Turkish] people to their knees by using a threatening lang ...

Turkey Claims It “Neutralised” 4 PKK Fighters

BAS News - 2018-08-11 10:00
ERBIL — Turkish airpower has “neutralised” four Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in southeast of the country, said a security source. The anonymous source said they were “neutralised” during an air operation by military drones. The operation took ...

Turkey's lira crisis explained

BBC - 2018-08-11 01:02
The Turkish currency has nosedived since January and, unsurprisingly, tourists are taking advantage. ...

Erdogan dismisses lira fears, says ‘we have our God’

Waar Media - 2018-08-10 12:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed concerns over the tumbling lira, calling on Turks to “have no worries”, after the currency hit record lows in recent weeks on the back of a widening rift with the United States. Ankara and Washin ...

Rudaw: Afrin street, building names changed marking demographic shift

Justice for Kurds - 2018-08-10 00:17
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkey and its Syrian proxies have expanded the campaign of demographic change in Afrin by renaming streets and public places, replacing Kurdish words and cultural references with Syrian opposition slogans. Turkish-backed opposit ...

US-Turkish talks fail to break deadlock on pastor held in Turkey

Waar Media - 2018-08-09 16:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The U.S. did not safe assurances on Wednesday from Turkey to right away free an American pastor held for practically two years on disputed terrorism expenses, U.S. officers mentioned, deepening a disaster between the 2 international locations ...

Dozens of Kurdish Migrants Released from Turkish Prison

BAS News - 2018-08-09 10:14
ERBIL — Turkish authorities have released a total of 25 Kurdish migrants after they were arrested en route to Europe, an official confirmed. Head of Kurdistan Region’s Migrant’s Federation, Ari Jalal, told BasNews that the 25 migrants will arrive at the ...

Turkey Continues Iranian Gas Imports Despite US Warning

BAS News - 2018-08-08 12:26
ERBIL — Turkish Energy Ministry has made it clear that it will continue buying natural gas from Iran. The announcement comes a day after US President Donald Trump threatened that those trading with Iran may not do it with the US. Ankara and Washington’s ...

No Prospects for Peace Process in Turkey Now: Politician

BAS News - 2018-08-08 11:56
ERBIL — Kurdish politician Othman Ocalan believes that there is no prospect for the resumption of peace process between the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) at the moment in the country. Ocalan, the brother of PKK’s jailed leader Abd ...

Afrin: Ankara-backed Militants Change Names of Kurdish Streets

BAS News - 2018-08-08 01:08
ERBIL - Turkish-backed rebels changed on Tuesday the names of two squares in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in southern Syria, a report said. Kurdish activists in the region told Kurdistan 24 that the names of (Nowruz Sq. and Kawa Sq.) were changed to “l"S ...

Erdogan to make state visit to Germany in late September

Waar Media - 2018-08-08 00:38
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will conduct an official state visit to Germany on September 28-29, the German presidency confirmed on Tuesday. The Turkish president will meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with militar ...

Iraq, Turkey to Open New Border Crossing

BAS News - 2018-08-08 00:28
ERBIL - Iraqi and Turkish authorities announced on Tuesday have plans to open a new border crossing between the sides, a report said. Anadolu Agency cited a statement by Qazim al-Akabi, head of Iraq’s committee for border crossings, as saying that he had ...

Ankara Claims it "Neutralized" Five PKK Fighters

BAS News - 2018-08-08 00:28
ERBIL - Turkish army claimed on Tuesday that it has "neutralized" a total five fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). A security source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency that the five fighters "were spotted by a drone ...

PKK, Turkish Army Clash in Kurdistan Border Areas

BAS News - 2018-08-07 15:27
ERBIL — Guerrillas for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkish troops clashed on Tuesday in the border areas of Kurdistan Region. The fierce confrontation erupted after the PKK fighters attacked a unit of Turkish soldiers on Chiyadel and Kawet mou ...

Turkey moves historic bath house from the Kurdish town of Hasankeyf

E-Kurd - 2018-08-06 16:44
HASANKEYF, Turkey’s Kurdistan region,— Turkish authorities on Monday conducted a hugely sensitive operation to move a centuries-old bath house weighing 1,600 tonnes to new location to avoid being engulfed under floodwaters by a controversial dam project. ...

A statement to public opinion

SDF Press - 2018-08-06 10:28
To public opinion: Our units continue to carry out military operations against the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries, where our fighters carried out 3 special operations on 29 July and 2 August in different places, As a result of the operations carri ...

Crime of aggression or Turkish aggression against the territory of Afrin

SDF Press - 2018-08-06 10:28
The crime of aggression is a very serious crime because of its serious effects on the fundamental values ​​and interests of peoples and States as a whole and of the aggressor in particular. These are the interests that the international community is tryin ...

HDP Responds to Erdogan, Says Turkish President Building Empire of Fear

BAS News - 2018-08-05 12:03
ERBIL — The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has responded to the threatenings Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently made, saying that the Turkish President is working to build an “empire of fear” in the country. Earlier on Saturday, Erdogan indirectl ...

US sanctions on Turkish ministers weaken Lira to historical record low

Kurdistan24 - 2018-08-04 21:15
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a session of the 10th BRICS summit (an acronym for the grouping of the world's leading emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 27, 201 ...

Erdogan Says Turkey will Freeze Assets of Two American Ministers

BAS News - 2018-08-04 15:34
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that his government will freeze the assets of a couple of American ministers as a retaliation to the US's latest sanctions against its NATO ally, a report said. "The latest step taken by the ...

YPG Claims it Killed 54 Turkish Soldiers, FSA Militants in July

BAS News - 2018-08-04 15:34
ERBIL - The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) claimed in a statement on Saturday that at least 54 Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed Syrian rebels killed by its forces in July in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. The YPG fighte ...
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