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Opposition leader likens Erdogan to Hamas for praise of child martyrdom - Kurdistan24

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Opposition figures and lawmakers in Turkey slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday over remarks in which he wished martyrdom for a little girl in military uniform at a convention of his party ...

Updated: Syria urges UN to include Afrin in ceasefire deal - Rudaw

The focus of the draft resolution was on violence in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian government is heavily shelling rebel-held areas. Because of the al-Qaeda presence in Idlib, Damascus will be able to continue its operations in the region ...

Wedding singers arrested for singing in Kurdish - Ahval

Mezopotamya News Agency reported that the police questioned Acet about the music they played at the wedding but later based the arrest report on the accused suspects' social media shares. Turkey has arrested thousands since the 2016 coup attempt on ...

Erdoğan promises to honour a little girl with the flag, if martyred - Ahval

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to honour a young girl with the Turkish flag if martyred, during a speech in Kahramanmaraş on Saturday. Among the party members' cheers "Chief! Take us to Afrin," President Erdoğan invited a little girl ...

Syria's fracturing conflict escalates as Russia and Iran face higher costs - The Arab Weekly

In the already crowded northern conflict zone, Damascus is vying with the United States, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Iran and their proxies for dominance within an increasingly complex field of wavering alliances and conflicting agendas. The Assad regime ...

Kurdish party in Turkey refuses to drop 'Kurdistan' from name - Kurdistan24

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), a small faction with no parliamentary representation in Turkey, on Saturday once again refused a warning by judicial authorities to drop the word “Kurdistan” from its name. At a press ...

Turkish court rules 3 academics committed terror propaganda - New Jersey Herald

... years of probation because of the defendants' good behavior and lack of prior records. They are part of a group of 1,128 academics who signed a declaration in January 2016 denouncing security operations against Kurdish militants in southeastern ...

'Anti-Turkey' Propaganda Campaign by PKK Supporters Doomed to Fail - Erdogan - Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that a worldwide propaganda campaign against Turkey, launched by the supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) amid the operation in Syria's Afrin, was "based on lies ...

Women Are Free, and Armed, in Kurdish-Controlled Northern Syria - New York Times

But his philosophy is widely popular among Kurds, particularly in northern Syria and eastern Turkey. Six years of control of most of northern Syria have given the Kurds a chance to put into practice their gender reforms to an unprecedented degree ...

Great powers trade Kurds and territory in Syria's splintering conflict - The Arab Weekly

It allows the Turks to march on Manbij, a multiethnic city overrun by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014 and liberated by the nearly all-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in 2016. The Turks had begged the United States to let them finish off ISIS in ...

US action required to improve relations - Turkish columnist - Ahval

Kanat's piece, which echoes a constant theme in Turkish media, dwells on Turkish frustration at the failure of the U.S. to back up verbal promises with concrete actions on the ground in Syria. Trust between the two nations is low following U.S. failure ...

People across Kurdistan Region protest ongoing Turkish attacks on Afrin - Rudaw

A large number of people in the city of Sulaimani took to the streets showing solidarity and support for Afrin and strongly condemning the continued Turkish military attack on Afrin the world's silence in the face of the incursion. ERBIL, Kurdistan ...

Two civilians killed, four injured in Turkish shelling on Syria's Afrin - PRESSTV

At least two civilians have been killed and four others injured in Turkish shelling on Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, where Ankara is leading an operation against US-backed Kurdish militants. On Saturday, one child was killed and four civilians ...

HRW Slams Turkey for Failing to Protect Civilians in Its Afrin Offensive - AINA (press release)

Turkey is failing to take the necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties in its offensive against the Kurdish held enclave in northern Syria, said leading rights group Human Rights Watch on Friday. HRW cited three attacks in the Afrin province ...

How Turkey has avoided major terror attacks in the last year - Ahval

Turkey has managed to avoid a major terrorist attack for over a year, reports journalist Borzou Daragahi in news website BuzzFeed, drawing on information provided by a Turkish security official in a rare interview. Although the decades long struggle ...

Pro-gov't forces sent to front lines, not Afrin city: Commanders - Kurdistan24

AFRIN, Syrian Kurdistan (Kurdistan 24) – Syrian forces recently deployed to the Kurdish enclave of Afrin would be distributed along the front lines to defend against the Turkish offensive, not stationed inside the city, said Kurdish and Syrian ...

1873 terrorists 'neutralized' in Syria's Afrin, Turkish military says - Brinkwire (press release)

At least 1,873 YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been “neutralized” since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, northwestern Syria, said the Turkish General Staff on Friday. “Every step taken in support for the YPG terror organization would ...

Afrin under heavy Turkish bombardment - Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies have been heavily bombing Afrin canton since early Saturday morning, killing a number of pro-Syrian government forces and destroying a drinking water tank. The Turkish army has been ...

Turkish court rules 3 academics committed terror propaganda - Yahoo News UK

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's official news agency says a court has ruled that three academics who signed a peace petition committed terror propaganda but deferred a final verdict for five years.

PKK/PYD threatens to kill hostages if Afrin families fail to poison TAF, FSA - Yeni Şafak English

As Turkey's Afrin operation enters its 36th day, reports continue to emerge revealing the extent terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)'s Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), are willing to go to blackmail the innocent ...

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).

Turkey investing heavily in Turkish Kurdistan

For years, Turkey barely acknowledged the autonomous Kurdish region across its southern border. But these days, Turkey is investing heavily in the oil-fuelled economy of Iraqi Kurdistan. ...

Turkey fires barrage of missiles on Kurdish-held targets in Syria

Turkish rockets are seen being fired from Hatay Province in the south of Turkey on Sunday, as day two of the 'Olive Branch' operation against Kurdish-held targets in Afrin gets underway. On...

‘Erdogan, Afrin will be your graveyard’: Kurds protest against planned Turkish invasion

Thousands of Kurds braved the rain in the northern Syrian city of Afrin to denounce what they say is Turkish aggression. The protest comes as Ankara amassed its forces along the border, seemingly...

Syria 🇸🇾: Kurdish civilians fear threat of Turkey 🇹🇷 offensive

Kurdish civilians fear they will become targets if Turkey follows through with its threat to move against Kurdish fighters in Syria, which it calls "terrorists". The Turkish military is preparing...

Tensions mount as Turkish and Kurdish forces clash in northern Syria

Mounting tensions between Kurdish and Turkish troops in northern Syria have threatened to open a new front in the country's complex war. The two US allies have traded blame over recent...

Turkey & Kurds: Explained in 70 seconds - BBC News

Subscribe to BBC News www.youtube.com/bbcnews Here's the background to Turkey's complicated relationship with the region's Kurdish population. Kurdish demonstrators have been demanding more...