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Kurdish rockets kill Turkish soldiers in Iraq

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and another was wounded after Kurdish militants fired rockets at a military base in northern Iraq, Turkey‚Äôs Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. Turkey has regularly attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, both in its mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where …

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Iraq protests Turkish incursions to President Trump

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has described Turkish attacks on Iraqi soil as ‚Äúunacceptable‚ÄĚ and urged the US to resolve the dispute in a meeting with US President Donald Trump. Ankara and Baghdad have been negotiating since mid-June to solve the dispute over Turkish offensives in Kurdistan and other disputed …

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Turkey now pursuing terrorists deep into Iraq terrain

Turkey is taking its decades-old conflict with Kurdish militants deep into northern Iraq, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds. The cross-border campaign has attracted less attention than Turkey‚Äôs incursions into neighbouring Syria – partly because Turkish troops have long been in …

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Turkish soldiers killed by Kurds on Syrian border

A bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia killed six people and wounded 11 on Tuesday in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, the Turkish Defence Ministry said. The Arab town, from which Turkish-backed forces last October pushed out the YPG militia in a major …

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Kurds charged with attack on Turkish town

Turkish authorities have detained 38 people including the local head of the pro-Kurdish Peoples‚Äô Democratic Party (HDP) in relation to an armed attack which killed two people in the eastern province of Van, governor‚Äôs office said on Friday. The attack on Thursday targeted two municipality personnel and a civilian returning …

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Rocket attack against Turks on Iran border

A rocket hit an armored vehicle carrying Turkish customs personnel in an attack near the border with Iran on Friday, killing one person and injuring others, Turkish officials said, adding that clashes were under way in the area. The rocket struck the vehicle‚Äôs front wheel around 0550 GMT on Monday, …

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Turkey’s goals of its invasion of North Syria

Dr. Haytham Mouzahem, head of Beirut Centre for Middle East Studies talks to¬†International Affairs Review¬†on the current situation in Syria and the Turkish military operations and the implications for the region.   Please walk us through what is happening right now in north east Syria. Turkey has been invading areas …

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In call, Trump issues stern warning to Turkey over Syria operation

President Trump urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday to scale back¬†his country‚Äôs assault on Kurdish positions¬†in Syria, signaling mounting American anxiety that Ankara‚Äôs latest military foray will jeopardize the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State and undermine hopes for peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria. …

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The Future of the Kurds

By Graham Fuller Of all the peoples of the Middle East who have suffered through¬† various wars and manipulations by the US and other foreign powers over the past century, the Kurds are probably the only people whose national cause has actually improved during the more recent geopolitical turmoil. On …

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Turkey’s intervention in Syria from Syrian perspective

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Niazy G. Atay* – Turkey‚Äôs involvement in the Syrian crisis expanded to military action with the Operation Euphrates Shield (OES), initiated on 24 August. Hotly-debated issue of Turkey‚Äôs intervention to Syria at international and domestic levels came into existence following the reconciliation with Russia …

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Turkey detains 13 in raids connected to airport attack

The Levant News — Police in Turkey raided 16 addresses in Istanbul early this morning and detained 13 people, including three foreigners, in response to Tuesday‚Äôs bombing of the Ataturk international airport. The death toll from the attack now stands at 42, with 128 people in hospitals, including 41 in …

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Turks, Kurds push for peace breakthrough despite new surge in violence

BY DAREN BUTLER AND GULSEN SOLAKER for Reuters – Women wave banners with the portrait of Abdullah Ocalan, one of the founding members of the militant organisation, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, during a protest against Islamic State (IS) militant attacks on Syrian Kurds, in Istanbul September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files …

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Turkey And The Kobane Question

The Levant Exclusive – by Samantha North* Istanbul‚Äôs protestors are out in force once more. Last night, the streets erupted, with cars blazing, windows smashed, and volleys of the usual tear gas unleashed by Turkish police. But this was not just another anti-government protest. This time, much more is at …

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