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Turkish troops, Kurdish militia clash in Syria's Idlib - The Nation

ISTANBUL - The Turkish army and Kurdish militia exchanged fire Monday in the northern Syrian province of Idlib where Ankara's troops are stationed as observers, the first report of such an incident in the area, state media said. Kurdish militia ...

Imprisoning the Artist But Not the Art: The Persecution of Zehra Doğan - The McGill International Review

In July 2016, Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan was imprisoned for her problematic art and social media posts that were harshly critical of the Turkish government and the abuse it has inflicted against the Kurdish population. The disputed work ...

Turkey, Iran, Russia: trilateral distrust in Syria - Al-Monitor

For Turkey, the issue of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People's Protection Units (YPG) is a priority right now. In a Daily Sabah column, Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin summed up his country's six grand goals in Syria, ...

Turkish and Kurdish forces exchange fire in Syria - Rudaw

Turkey's state media reported that Kurdish forces fired the first shot, attacking a Turkish army observation point in northern Idlib province with howitzers. A security official told Anadolu Agency that one artillery round hit within 100 metres of ...

Unnecessary disputes sour Turkey-US relations - Arab News

Washington prefers to cooperate with the YPG, because it is a traditional supporter of the Kurdish cause. The Kurds may also be used as leverage to force the Syrian regime to negotiate a deal favorable to US interests. Furthermore, a strong Kurdish ...

Ankara issues arrest warrants for over 100 teachers - Kurdistan24

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - Turkish judicial authorities in the capital Ankara issued arrest warrants for 107 teachers in the latest phase of an ongoing crackdown since last year's failed coup. Police detained 51 of the teachers accused of ...

Iraq reviews Kirkuk oil exports with Turkey - Newsline

Crude oil from northern Iraq flows primarily by truck and through a pipeline from territory controlled officially by the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government to a Turkish sea port. A second pipeline from Iraqi territory in the north could be ...

Turkey, Iran, Russia Strive for Syria Political Settlement - AINA (press release)

Turkey's coordination with Russia and Iran comes amid Turkey's rising tensions with the United States, exacerbated by the latter's support to the Syrian Kurds with thousands of arms delivered to clear Raqqa of Islamic State (IS) fighters. Frustrated by ...

Journey to Kurdish Independence is Changing the Region - HuffPost

It was not long ago when Turkish leaders welcomed Masoud Barzani, then president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), to Turkey with a Kurdish flag. At the time they were economic partners and allies, but much has changed in this relationship ...

Ahead of Russia summit, Turkey claims Kurds fire at army in Syria - Kurdistan24

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - US-backed Kurdish forces fired howitzers at one of Turkish military observation posts in Syria's northwestern Idlib Province, claimed state-funded media on Monday as Russia prepares to host a peace summit with ...

YPG hits Turkish post in Syria ahead of key summit - Hurriyet Daily News

Syrian Kurdish militants on Nov. 20 launched a mortar attack targeting observation points set up by the Turkish Armed Forces in Syria's Idlib, just ahead of a scheduled key summit in the Russian resort of Sochi to discuss the Syrian conflict. The ...

What is up with President Erdogan? - Kurdistan24

Some Kurds, later, were grateful to him for allowing our first and only Kurdish television station to launch in Turkish Kurdistan. Indeed, the goodwill that Mr. Erdogan generated at home in those early years also resonated abroad. Graham Fuller, a CIA ...

PM Barzani: KRG needs 'third party' help to interpret Iraqi constitution - Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Iraqi constitution must be fully implemented in order to have a stable Iraq and Erbil needs the help of a third party in negotiations with Baghdad and interpretation of the constitution, said Prime Minister Nechirvan ...

Turkish security forces detain 279 Daesh, PKK terrorists in past week - Yeni Şafak English

Turkish security forces detained at least 279 Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and Daesh terrorists in nationwide operations last week, the interior ministry said on Monday. The operations were carried out by the military, Special Operations Gendarmerie ...

PKK/PYD attacks Turkish forces in Syria's Idlib - Yeni Şafak English

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organization has begun its preparations against Turkey's possible operation in Afrin, digging a giant tunnel running from Mount Barsa in northern Azaz to Afrin. Reports say that many senior terrorists were ...

PKK slaughtered the left as well - Yeni Şafak English

There is a prevalent conspiracy theory that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was founded by intelligence agencies. This is not a completely baseless theory, though. The fact that PKK ringleader Abdullah ... PKK, which has been wandering around the ...

Turkey has failed to adapt to Europe's legal sphere: Former ECHR judge Rıza Türmen - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey has failed to adapt to Europe's legal sphere and the situation in the country has worsened markedly since the July 2016 coup attempt and under the state of emergency, according to former ECHR judge and CHP deputy Rıza Türmen. “The situation in ...

Turkey's foreign policy delusions - Hurriyet Daily News

First of all, Turkey's expectation for the Russians to support a military intervention in northwestern Syria against the Kurds is far from reality. Let alone supporting a Turkish military move, Russia does not seem to agree with Ankara on excluding the ...

NATO Adds to Turkey's Chagrin. Turkish Good-Bye to NATO? - Center for Research on Globalization

In Syria the U.S. is arming, training and fighting together with the YPK, a sister organization of the Kurdish PKK which is pursuing a guerrilla campaign against the Turkish army and state. The personal disparaging of Turkish politicians by NATO, U.S. ...

PKK leader challenges Erdogan to invade Afrin, Qandil - Kurdistan24

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - Responding to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent vows to invade the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria and the Qandil mountains in Iraq, Cemil Bayik, a top leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) ...

Turkish Kurdistan or Northern Kurdistan refers to portions of Turkey's Eastern Anatolia Region and Southeastern Anatolia Region where Kurds form the predominant ethnic group. This unofficial term references the region's geographical and historical location with respect to the larger Kurdish region. Historically, its northern area was part of Greater Armenia, but after centuries of inward migration by Kurdish tribes and because of the Armenian Genocide during World War I, very few Armenians now live in the area.

A map displaying the Kurdish-majority region of eastern and southeastern Turkey as of 1992.

Turkish Kurdistan or Northern Kurdistan (Kurdish: Bakurê Kurdistanê‎ or Kurdistana Tirkiyê) refers to portions of Turkey's Eastern Anatolia Region and Southeastern Anatolia Region where Kurds form the predominant ethnic group. This unofficial term references the region's geographical and historical location with respect to the larger Kurdish region. Historically, its northern area was part of Greater Armenia, but after centuries of inward migration by Kurdish tribes and because of the Armenian Genocide during World War I, very few Armenians now live in the area.

Kurds generally consider southeastern Turkey to be one of the four parts of a Greater Kurdistan, which also includes parts of northern Syria (Rojava or Western Kurdistan), northern Iraq (Southern Kurdistan), and northwestern Iran (Eastern Kurdistan).