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Syrian Kurds targeted before Washington’s eyes
At least 10 more Turkish tanks have crossed into Syria, a day after pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighters ousted jihadis from Jarablus.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking battles over the future of the Kemalist state. Those battles, pitting nationalist and conservative forces against secularists and Kurds, are nowhere more evident than on Turkish soccer pitches. A series of incidents in recent months highlighted the mounting tensions …
28 people were killed, 61 injured in a terror attack in the Turkish capital on Wednesday
As the refugee crisis intensifies, Egypt condems new Danish law allowing police to seize assets from Asylum seekers
An alliance of US-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebels has taken a key dam on the Euphrates River from the so-called “Islamic State.” The alliance has pushed back “IS” from large swaths of territory.
The Britain-based monitoring group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Thursday that “more than 50 American instructors” had arrived in northern and northeastern Syria in the past two days
By Hakim Khatib After five years of the Syrian war, we can recognise four conflicting parties on the ground – Al-Assad, ”Islamic State”, rebel groups and the Kurds. Each one of these conflicting parties has regional and international backers, who ironically do not agree with each other about whom they are fighting for or against. …
Turkey’s President Erdogan and his Finnish counterpart have visited the site of the weekend’s twin bombings in Ankara. Three top level security officials in the capital have been sacked for the probe into the incident
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party in forthcoming snap elections. With armed Kurdish youth effectively taking control of at least one predominantly Kurdish city …
The target of the attack was the headquarters of the Asayish security agency set up by an autonomous Kurdish administration in northern Syria
By James M. Dorsey The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving “Islamic State” (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region. Once a relatively ethnically homogeneous autonomous region, Iraqi Kurdistan has seen its demography change radically as large numbers of Arab refugees pour into what was once an independent …
By James M. Dorsey More than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that has conquered chunks of Syria and Iraq, for Kobani, a stone’s throw from the Syrian-Turkish border, symbolises …
By Michael Young What does one make of the apparent rapprochement between the United States and Iran over Iraq? It’s difficult to say, principally because both countries have very different agendas in the country, even if their shared aim is to contain the offensive of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). For Iran, fragmentation …
The militants, spearheaded by the powerful jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have overrun all of one province and chunks of three more since they launched their offensive late last Monday.
Rouhani will meet his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, where the powerful neighbours are expected to discuss security concerns as well as trade opportunities.
Erdogan is widely expected to run, but to win he needs support from the country’s Kurdish minority, who make up one fifth of the population and form a majority in the southeast.
They dubbed it the “Organisation of Free and Democratic Society for East Kurdistan,” abbreviated to KODAR.
Baghdad argues that all oil sales must be overseen by the central government, and regards any independent exports as tantamount to smuggling.
A major step towards ending a decades-long conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people
At least 122 people were killed nationwide on Monday in Syria
Kurdish leaders want to expand their autonomous region across a swathe of territory that stretches from Iraq’s eastern border with Iran to its western frontier with Syria
Kidnappings and attacks on civilians: PKK hardliners gaining upper hand
Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, threatened to exercise “counter measures”
Kurdish forces draw attention amidst a military offensive
Erdogan, has in recent weeks accused the regime in Syria of giving Kurdish rebels a free hand in the north of the country
The Baghdad government says the visit underestimates “national sovereignty and violate the rules of international relations”
Links between Al-Qaeda and rebels fall flat while Kurd alliance is more fractured than it seems