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Kurds, Pushing for Autonomy, Stand to Lose in Syria Negotiations

Damascus (GPA) – The Kurds refusing to give up demands for autonomy could end up costing them big in the Syria negotiations. Many supporters of the Kurdish forces in northern Syria have been celebrating recently upon hearing of the leadership of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) entering into negotiations with Damascus. However, what they have failed to […]

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3 French nationals briefly detained in PKK operations in Turkey

Ankara (TM) – Three French nationals were briefly detained, along with 13 others, during an operation conducted by Turkish security forces targeting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its umbrella organization the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) in southeastern Şırnak province, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. According to the report, the operation was carried out by the gendarmerie […]

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Turkish Army Says Qandil Strike Killed 35 PKK Members

Ankara (MEE) – President Erdogan recently warned of a potential ground offensive against the PKK in Iraq. Turkish warplanes reportedly killed 35 militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq’s Qandil mountain region on Friday, the Turkish military said. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said on Saturday that Turkish warplanes had struck […]

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Erdogan Prepping New War Pitched as an Anti-PKK Operation

Ankara (GPA) – Turkey’s military and Prime Minister have announced a new illegal ground campaign said to be an ‘anti-PKK operation’ in Iraq. On Friday, the Turkish government announced yet another illegal incursion into a neighboring country. This time the target isn’t Syria but Iraq, more specifically, the headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) – a […]

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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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Potential Deal Could See Kurdish Forces Transfer Power to Syrian Gov’t in Northern Aleppo

Aleppo (AMN) –  A Syrian government source informed Al-Masdar News on Friday that negotiations are taking place regarding the possible transfer of power of the Afrin Canton to the Syrian security forces. Part of the deal will allow the Syrian security forces to open a headquarters in the Afrin Canton, as they currently have no […]

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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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