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Iraq refuses talks with Kurds about referendum results

The Iraqi government will not hold talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the results of Monday’s “unconstitutional” referendum on independence in northern Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. “We are not ready to discuss or have a dialogue about the results of the referendum because it is[…]

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Car bomb rocks southeast Turkey

A car bomb rocked southeastern Turkey’s largest city on Friday, killing one person and injuring more than 40, security sources said, hours after police detained politicians of the mostly Kurdish region’s biggest party. The blast struck an area near the police station where some of the party leaders were being[…]

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Turkey rejects truce with Kurds, lashes out at US

Ankara has summoned the US ambassador to Turkey to explain Washington’s “unacceptable” comments about Turkey’s anti-ISIS operation in Syria, rejecting any talk of a ceasefire with the US-backed Kurdish militia and vowing to “eliminate all threats.” Turkish forces crossed into Syria on August 24, targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)[…]

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Turkey bans probes into Kurdish op killings – HRW

Turkey is blocking all access to independent investigations into the abuses against civilians in southeastern Turkey, where security forces are battling Kurdish fighters, Human Rights Watch said, calling for the UN to be allowed in to investigate. Some of the alleged abuses against civilians include unlawful killings, mass scale displacement,[…]

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Syria: Kurds declare federal region

The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and several allied groups have voted to create an autonomous federation in the northern part of Syria. Officials of the PYD claimed autonomy in the Kurdish-controlled areas on Thursday after two days of meetings with delegates of different communities in the country’s north.[…]

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Iraqi Kurds launch Sinjar offensive against ISIL

Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by US-led coaltion war planes, have launched a major offensive to retake the strategic town of Sinjar in northern Iraq from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. A statement from the Kurdish Regional Security Council on Thursday said about 7,500 Peshmerga fighters were[…]

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Turkey PM vows to ‘wipe out’ PKK fighters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed to “wipe out” Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters from their mountain strongholds after 16 soldiers were killed in a rebel attack. “These terrorists must be wiped out from the mountains; whatever happens they must be wiped out,” he said in televised comments in[…]

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