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Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey

May 26, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Some 3,000 prisoners across different prisons are on hunger strike in solidarity with one of the party's lawmakers

Kurdish protesters demonstrate on their way to the Kurdish spring festival Newroz with placards reading "No to dictatorship" and the portrait of the leader of the Kurdistan PKK Workers' Party, Abdullah Ocalan in the city center of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2017. Some 30,000 demonstrators, who police said were mainly of Kurdish origin, rallied in Frankfurt on March 18 calling for "democracy in Turkey" and "freedom for Kurdistan". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels – minister

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu does not specify which PKK bases the planned operation will target but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously said it will be against militant hideouts in Iraq

JOINT RAID. A handout photo taken and released on February 9, 2019 by the Turkish presidential press service shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) listening to Interior Minsiter Suleyman Soylu (C) visiting the area of a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul, on February 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges U.S. pullback

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin

Turkey expects Trump to 'keep promise' not to arm Syria Kurds

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:16 PM

Washington views the Kurdish YPG militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against ISIS, but Ankara sees them as 'terrorists' linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party

VERSUS ISIS. Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey angered by U.S. move to arm Syrian Kurds

May 10, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The issue risks further stoking tensions between Ankara and Washington less than a week before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad, an enormous reservoir created by the Tabqa dam, on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. Delil Souleiman/AFP

UN accuses Turkey of 'serious' abuses in Kurd majority region

Mar 10, 2017 - 6:19 PM

A report from the UN rights office details evidence of massive destruction killings and numerous other serious human rights violations committed between July 2015 and December 2016 in southeast Turkey

Suicide car bombing kills 14 off-duty Turkish soldiers

Dec 18, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The government says all signs so far suggests the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK was behind the bombing in the city of Kayseri

This picture obtained from the Ihlas News Agency shows a police officer and people walking next to the wreck of public bus following an explosion on December 17, 2016 in Kayseri, central Turkey. Ilhas News Agency/AFP

Turkey defiant as Kurdish militants claim Istanbul carnage

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:12 AM

5th UPDATE Of the 38 fatalities in the twin attacks in Istanbul 30 are police officers

Turkish police officers and forensic work next to damaged police vehicles and cars on the site where a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in central Istanbul on December 10, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkish court jails 9 staff of opposition daily

Nov 05, 2016 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED The suspects are charged with links to the Kurdistan Workers Party and the movement of Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for the failed coup bid in July

RALLY. A protester holds a copy of the Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet during a demonstration outside the newspaper's headquarters in Istanbul on November 2, 2016. Yasin Akgul/AFP

Truck bomb kills 18 in Turkey

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:05 AM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus describes the bombing as an atrocious and heinous terrorist attack

Smokes ascends after Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb outside a military station in Semdinli near the border with Iraq, on October 9, 2016.  The Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the Turkish Armed Forces, said the attack outside a Gendarmerie station on the Semdinli-Yuksekova highway was the work of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. / AFP PHOTO / IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / STRINGER / Turkey OUT

'Huge disaster' averted in Turkey as suspects blow themselves up

Oct 08, 2016 - 2:47 PM

3rd UPDATE The bombing comes two days before the first anniversary of Turkey s deadliest terror attack in its modern history in Ankara

11 killed in attack, clashes with Kurdish rebels in Turkey

Sep 03, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK killed 10 Turkish soldiers and a village guardsman in two separate incidents in Turkey

11 Turkish police killed in PKK suicide bombing

Aug 26, 2016 - 2:34 PM

4th UPDATE The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party says it carried out the assault in retaliation for the continued isolation of the group s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan and the lack of information about his welfare

3 killed, 40 wounded in PKK car bomb attack in eastern Turkey – official

Aug 18, 2016 - 1:15 PM

The Turkish security forces have been hit by near daily attacks by the PKK since a two and a half year ceasefire collapsed in 2015 leaving hundreds of police and soldiers dead

Kurdish rebel group TAK claims Istanbul bombing

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED We again warn foreign tourists who are in Turkey and who want to come to Turkey: foreigners are not our target but Turkey is no longer a reliable country for them the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons says

DEADLY BLAST. A general view shows the wreckage of a vehicle as police officers and emergency team members inspect the scene of a bomb attack in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7, 2016. File photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

5 dead in Turkey bombing blamed on Kurdish rebels

Jun 09, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the killer PKK referring to the outlawed rebel Kurdistan Workers Party

People carry an injured man from Midyat Police station after an explosion on June 8, 2016 in Midyat, southeast Turkey. Stringer/AFP

PKK bomb attack kills 6 Turkish security forces – report

Apr 03, 2016 - 10:05 AM

The members of the security forces were carrying out a military operation in Nusaybin in the southeastern Mardin province when a bomb left by rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party PKK was detonated

Turkey detains 'Diyarbakir car bombing' suspect – report

Apr 02, 2016 - 6:59 PM

Turkish authorities detain the suspect – named A C – of the car bomb attack claimed by the military wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party

epa05237967 Turkish policemen secure the area after an explosion in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 31 March 2016. A car bomb attack against a police bus in southeast Turkey left at least seven dead and 27 wounded, according to local media reported. The vehicle was hit by a strong explosion, believed to be caused by a car bomb near the bus station in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey. The explosion was so strong that many windows were blown out in neighboring houses. Since December, Diyarbakir has witnessed clashes between security forces and young supporters of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK EPA/STR

7 police killed in bomb attack in Turkey's Diyarbakir

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:44 PM

4th UPDATE The attack takes place a day before Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was to make a rare visit to the city

Turkey PM says evidence points to PKK being behind Ankara attack

Mar 15, 2016 - 9:48 AM

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: There are very serious almost certain findings that point to the separatist terrorist organization

AFTERMATH. Scenes of crime officers search the area after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

Kurds must be able to give views on Syria's future – UN envoy

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Staffan de Mistura says that he has a mandate to find to find formulas that are as inclusive as possible

NEXT SYRIA ENVOY. In this file photo, Staffan de Mistura, then a Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for Afghanistan, talks with journalists during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 November 2011. S. Sabawoon/EPA

28 killed in Ankara bomb attack on Turkish military

Feb 18, 2016 - 1:09 AM

UPDATED Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation against the perpetrators of the attack which came on the heels of a spate of deadly strikes in Turkey blamed on jihadists but also on Kurdish rebels

UP IN FLAMES. Firefighters try to extinguish the flames at the scene of a car bomb detonation close to buildings of the Turkish military, in Ankara, Turkey, February 17, 2016. Stringer/EPA

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria's Aleppo – monitor

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:27 AM

Turkish shelling strikes areas of Aleppo including Minnigh recently taken by the Kurdish People s Protection Units YPG militia from Islamist rebels

Biden: PKK is terror group 'plain and simple,' threat to Turkey like ISIS

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:35 PM

The US Vice President also praises Turkey for taking very important steps to counter ISIS jihadists

BIDEN IN TURKEY. US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (not pictured) at the Prime Minister's Office in Istanbul, Turkey, January 23, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA/POOL

5 killed, 39 wounded in PKK bomb attack in southeast Turkey

Jan 14, 2016 - 2:59 PM

A new upsurge of violence between the security forces and the PKK erupted in July in the wake of attacks blamed on Islamic extremists

9 Germans among 10 killed in Istanbul suicide attack

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:46 PM

5th UPDATE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber of Syrian origin while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says he belongs to ISIS

CASUALTIES. Dead bodies lie on the ground after an explosion near the Blue Mosque, in the Sultanahmet district of central Istanbul, Turkey, January 12, 2016. Deniz Toprak/EPA

Dutch journalist detained in Turkey while reporting on Kurds

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:16 PM

A Turkish official tells Agence France Presse the reporter was detained for a breach of security for entering a zone where permission was needed

INTERVIEW. Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink speaks to media after the her trial in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on April 8, 2015. Photo by EPA/STR

Two Turkish police killed in suspected PKK attack

Sep 06, 2015 - 4:43 PM

The attack is latest deadly strike on the security forces blamed on the PKK since the Turkish government began a major anti terrorist campaign against the Kurdish militants in July

Turkey PM forms election government including pro-Kurdish party

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:31 AM

The newly appointed cabinet will not have to undergo a vote of confidence in parliament as required in the constitution The president s approval is considered enough for interim governments

ELECTION GOVERNMENT. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approves the makeup of the provisional government that will run the country until November 1 elections. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Erdogan vows Turkey will fight PKK 'to last terrorist'

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:58 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows that Turkey will press on with its relentless campaign against Kurdish militants until not one terrorist is left

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Turkey strikes 17 PKK targets in southeast – army

Aug 11, 2015 - 5:28 PM

The strikes appear to be in retaliation for a succession of attacks in Turkey on Monday August 10 that killed 6 members of the security forces

Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'

Aug 02, 2015 - 3:07 PM

UPDATED A suicide bomber drove a tractor laden with explosives up to the military station in the Dogubayazit district of the eastern Agri province reports say

ON GUARD. Turkish soldiers guard near Turkish-Syria border line after renewed attack by Islamic State in Kobane, Syria, 25 June 2015. Stringer/EPA

NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over ISIS

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:26 AM

The rare meeting held at Turkey s request comes as an uncompromising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could not continue negotiations with the Kurds amid attacks on Turkish targets

SOLIDARITY. Flags of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries fly in front of the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Julien Warnand/EPA

US, Turkey join forces to drive ISIS from Syria

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:27 AM

The potentially game changing accord with the US is revealed as Turkey fuels the growing anger of its Kurdish minority

ON GUARD. Turkish soldiers guard near Turkish-Syria border line after renewed attack by Islamic State in Kobane, Syria, 25 June 2015. Stringer/EPA

Turkey shells Kurdish-held Syria village – Kurdish fighters

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:01 PM

The shelling comes after Turkey carried out air strikes against the Islamic State ISIS group in Syria but also hit Kurdish forces it considers terrorists in northern Iraq

ON THE LOOKOUT. Turkish tanks patrol near Syria border line near Elbeyli, near Kilis, southeastern Turkey, July 24, 2015. Deniz Toprak/EPA

Two soldiers killed in Turkey as PKK truce teeters

Jul 26, 2015 - 4:56 PM

The attack comes after the Kurdistan Workers Party PKK rebel group threatens to no longer observe a truce following Turkish air strikes on its positions in northern Iraq

RED FLAG. Left-wing militants wave red flags during clashes with Turkish police officers on July 25, 2015 at Gazi district in Istanbul. Yasin Akgul/AFP

Erdogan rift with Turkey government widens as threats fly

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan digs in his heels in what appears to be a widening rift with his own government over the Kurdish peace process

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference at National Palace in Mexico City, on 12 February 2015. Mario Guzman/EPA

Erdogan at odds with government over Kurdish peace process

Mar 23, 2015 - 8:53 AM

An unprecedented rift emerges between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government over the handling of the peace process to end the decades long armed struggle by Kurdish militants

PRESIDENT AND PM. In this file photo, Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) sit next to each other during a congress of Turkey's ruling Party AKP in Ankara, Turkey, August 27, 2014. Rasit Aydogan/Pool/EPA

Western volunteers rally to Iraq Christian militia

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:18 PM

With Kurdish peshmerga fighters now clawing back land around Mosul some Christians are keen to take up arms for their survival and Dwekh Nwasha is only one of several recently formed groups

WARM HELLO. Brett (R), a 28-year-old US national who fights jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) group alongside Dwekh Nawsha, a Christian militia whose name is an Assyrian-language phrase conveying self-sacrifice, shakes hands of a passer-by on February 5, 2015, in the northern Iraqi town of Al-Qosh, located 35 km north of Mosul. Safin Hamed/AFP

5 Turkish deputies hurt as tensions spiral over protest bill

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:34 AM

The scuffles saw MPs brandishing ceremonial gavels exchanging punches and one deputy even dumped in a flowerbed

A session of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on October 2, 2014. Adem Altan/EPA

Turkey government battles to push protest bill into parliament

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:46 AM

The opposition fears so called homeland security reform bill introduced by the ruling Islamic rooted Justice and Development Party AKP will effectively create a police state under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A session of the Turkish Parliament, at the Parliament in Ankara on October 2, 2014. Adem Altan/AFP

Dutch reporter says arrested 'on terror charges' in southeast Turkey

Jan 06, 2015 - 10:07 PM

Frederike Geerdink who writes for Dutch Turkish and English language media writes on Twitter that she had been arrested following a search of her house

MEDIA RIGHTS. A Turkish man reads a newspaper while sitting in a street cafe in Istanbul, Turkey. File photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

Kurds battle for heart of Kobane as UN fears massacre

Oct 11, 2014 - 5:46 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile US officials warn that while attention is focused on Kobane the jihadists have been piling on pressure in Iraq

A picture taken from Turkey showing smoke rising from Kobane after an apparent airstrike during clashes between Islamic State and Kurdish fighters YPG who are trying to defend the town of Kobane. Photo by EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Jihadists seize Kurdish HQ in Syria's Kobane

Oct 10, 2014 - 9:46 PM

Commanders are mindful of the dire humanitarian situation for the Kurds in Kobane but Washington does not consider it a strategic location a US official says

US-led airstrikes pound ISIS sites as Kurds hold out in Kobane

Oct 09, 2014 - 10:11 AM

The border town of Kobane has become a symbol of resistance against the ISIS group which proclaimed an Islamic caliphate across swathes of Iraq and Syria

A picture taken from Turkey shows smoke rises after an airstrike by an alleged alliance war plane on Islamic State targets in the west of Kobane, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey 08 October 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

At least 14 dead as protests rage in Turkey over Kobane

Oct 08, 2014 - 4:02 PM

UPDATED At least 14 people were killed as pro Kurdish protests raged across Turkey over the government s failure to act against jihadists attacking the majority Kurdish Syrian border city of Kobane

A picture available on 08 October 2014 shows protestors clashing with riot police during a demonstration against Islamic State (ISIS) in Diyarbakir, southeast of Turkey, 07 October 2014. Sertac Kayar/EPA