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PKK confirms capture of two Turkish spies in Iraq

Bagdhad (MEE) – Capture of two MIT operatives led to the expulsion of Iraqi Kurdish official from Ankara on Friday. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday publicly confirmed the capture of two Turkish secret service officers in Iraq last week. Diyar Xerib, a leading member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) – a PKK-affiliated transnational body – […]

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Turkey Signals Joint Offensive with Iran against PKK, PJAK

Ankara (TNA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tehran and Ankara may launch a joint operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its offshoot PJAK in the near future. “A joint operation with Iran against terror groups that are posing threat is always on the agenda,” Erdogan told reporters on Monday, the […]

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US Sharply Snubs Turkey as It Announces Arms for Syrian Kurds

Raqqa (teleSUR) – While arms supplies for Kurds may clear the road to victory in Raqqa, the move will definitely complicate relations between Washington and Ankara. U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a swift snub to NATO partner Turkey, approving the sale of arms to Kurdish fighters seeking to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the […]

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‘If Erdogan Wins It Will Be Worse for Us’: Kurds Fear Stronger Presidency

Istanbul, Turkey (MEE) Turkey will vote in April on giving President Erdogan greater powers. Many Kurds say a ‘Yes’ result will mean even harsher crackdowns Derya Okatan, a leading journalist on Istanbul’s Ozgur (Free) radio station, sensed what was to come when its website was shut down without warning on 28 September last year. The staff […]

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Turkish Opposition MPs Sit in Jail as President Seeks More Power

Diyarbakir, Turkey (MEE) Twenty-nine MPs were arrested in November as Erdogan set out plans for more power. Many will be in jail when the nation votes on his wishes. Her voice crackling through the microphone, but with an expression of defiance clearly visible on the prison video, Caglar Demirel spoke from a distance of 1,000km […]

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Wikileaks Reveal Scope of Turkish Connection to IS and Media Crackdown

(GPA) Ankara – On Monday, Wikileaks released a batch of almost 58,000 emails sent and received by Turkish president Recep Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak. The release, termed by Wikileaks as ‘Berat’s box’ includes thousands of emails detailing Albayrak’s dealings as the Turkish Minister of Energy. The emails encompass a span of sixteen years beginning April […]