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Iran resumes train service to Turkey's Van after 3 years - PRESSTV

The attack – which Turkish officials blamed on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) – did not cause any fatalities, but left two Turkish railway guards lightly injured. The train was carrying iron, tobacco, and MDF to Iran. The trip to Van would leave ...

Jailed Kurdish leader makes first TV appeal ahead of Turkey vote - gulfnews.com

Istanbul: Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's “repressive regime”, ahead of the presidential election next weekend. Demirtas, a former co ...

Culture clash: Campaign in Syria's Afrin tells women to cover up - Middle East Eye

In the months since Afrin fell under Turkish and FSA control, some of the city's previous stability has begun to return. "My work here is getting better, and my customers are increasing in number," Elizabeth says. Yet in swapping secular-minded Kurdish ...

Jailed Kurdish leader may hold key in Turkish elections - Free Malaysia Today

President Tayyip Erdogan dubs Demirtas “the terrorist in Edirne” and his party an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group. Demirtas and the HDP deny links to the PKK. “They tried to come between us with the terror group by turning ...

Erdogan election success tied to curbing Kurdish vote - Financial Times

The ballot box in Dadas Agili, a village in Turkey's Kurdish region, is traditionally placed in the old stone school. But this weekend, locals will be among tens of thousands of people across 19 provinces forced to travel beyond their villages to cast ...

Turkish Airstrikes Kill 35 Kurdish PKK in Northern Iraq - Antiwar.com

While the Iraqi government has mostly not objected to Turkish operations against the PKK, that is not true of people in Iraqi Kurdistan, particularly those local to the targeted areas. Turkey has often been accused of striking recklessly against Iraqi ...

Assyrian Candidate in Turkish Election Vows to Fight for Rights - AINA (press release)

The conflict between Turkish armed forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been fighting since 1984 for self-rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, where the Assyrian population is mostly found. Many Assyrians have found themselves ...

Turkey says its air strikes kill 35 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq - Andover Caller

ANKARA – Turkish warplanes 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 Tayyip Erdogan had said on Saturday that Turkish ...

HDP candidate Demirtaş says in his TRT speech that Erdoğan's 'regime of fear' yet to begin - Stockholm Center for Freedom

Selahattin Demirtaş, jailed presidential candidate of the Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party's (HDP), appeared on national TV for the first time on Sunday since his arrest 20 months ago as the country gears up for elections in less than 10 ...

Turkish jets kill 35 PKK militants in northern Iraq - Xinhua

ANKARA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish military said Sunday that its jets killed 35 militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Turkish fighter jets have carried out airstrikes on June 15 targeting the militants in Qandil ...

Can Erdoğan win in the first round? - Hürriyet Daily News - Hurriyet Daily News

Key elections in Turkey are now six days away. The biggest question is whether President Tayyip Erdoğan will be re-elected in the first round on June 24.

Demirtas says Erdogan's 'regime of fear' yet to begin, in speech from jail - Kurdistan24

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Imprisoned Kurdish leader and a candidate for president of Turkey Selahattin Demirtas appeared on national TV for the first time on Sunday since his arrest 20 months ago as the country gears up for elections in less than 10 days.

'Don't be afraid': Demirtas says in first TV spot of campaign - Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The last week of campaigning in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections kicked off with large, competing rallies and the first state TV appearance of HDP's jailed presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas. “There is ...

Iran coy on support for Turkish assault on PKK in Iraq - Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is banking on Iran's support for a Turkish offensive against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in the Qandil Mountain range bordering Iran and Iraq, although questions remain about the scope of the operation and ...

Pro-Kurdish party leader Demirtaş addresses Turkey on Turkish TV from prison - Ahval

Turkish public television TRT on Sunday broadcasted the first election speech of the mainly-Kurdish People's Democratic Party's (HDP) jailed presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş which was recorded in Edirne prison. In the beginning of his 10 ...

German footballers meeting with Turkish president sparks controversy - Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Two German footballers of Turkish descent, Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, have faced backlash from fans ahead of the World Cup due to a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the latter having his car ...

Turkish operations in Iraq aim at PKK's Qandil bases - Ahval

Intensifying air and artillery strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in north-eastern Iraq aim to pave the way for the occupation of the Qandil mountains, wrote journalist Namık Durakan, in an article appearing in Turkish Milliyet ...

Turkish Warplanes Strike Kurdish Militants in Iraq's Qandil, Erdogan Says - Algemeiner

Turkish warplanes have struck a meeting of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq's Qandil mountains, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, adding that Ankara believed high-profile militants had been hit. The Turkish military has ...

35 terrorists neutralised in Iraq - The Siasat Daily

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the party resumed its decade-long armed campaign. On Saturday, the Turkish army “neutralised” nine terrorists in northern Iraq's Zap and Avasin-Basyan ...

Iran will regret lack of co-operation with Turkey over northern Iraq - Ahval

Iran may come to regret its lack of co-operation with Turkey over military moves Turkey is making in northern Iran aimed at the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), wrote Burhanettin Duran, director of a pro-government Turkish think-tank, in the Sabah ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kurdish fighters face off with Turkish forces in northern Syria

Kurdish forces, a partner in the U.S. battle against ISIS, are facing off with Turkey, an American NATO ally. CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams ...

Clashes escalate between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

Violent clashes between the Turkish military and Syrian Kurds are intensifying. This could put American troops stationed in the region in the crosshairs. James ...

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 ...

‘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 ...