Iraq transfers $500 mn to Kurds in budget deal

The Iraqi government transferred USD 500 million to the autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday as part of a deal aimed at ending long-running oil and budget disputes, the finance minister said.

Syrian Kurds give women equal rights, snubbing jihadists

The local government in a majority Kurdish area of Syria has passed a decree granting women equal rights in what a monitoring group called "an affront" to discriminatory jihadist moves.

US pounds IS in Kobane after first talks with Syria Kurds

 US-led warplanes pummelled jihadists attacking the Syrian town of Kobane on Friday as the Pentagon said there was no imminent threat to Baghdad despite a wave of deadly bombings.

Turkey will do `whatever it can` to prevent Kobane fall: PM Davutoglu

Turkey will do whatever it can to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane falling to jihadists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after the Turkish Parliament gave the green light for military action.

Turkey deports 10 foreigners who wanted to join IS

Turkish authorities have arrested 10 foreigners, near the Syrian border, suspected of wanting to join the Islamic State (IS) and deported them to their countries of origin, the daily Hurriyet reported.

Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle ISIS
Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle ISIS

Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighbouring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents.

Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee from ISIS militants into Turkey
Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee from ISIS militants into Turkey

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.

Syrian Kurds plead for help to repel Islamic State advance

Syrian Kurdish fighters have appealed to other Kurdish parties in the region for military aid to repel an advance by Islamic State fighters in northern Syria near the Turkish border, a Kurdish military official said on Thursday.

Kurdish protester killed in clashes with Turkish forces

A Kurdish protester was shot dead and two others wounded today during violent clashes with the Turkish security forces in southeast Turkey.

Iraqi Kurds, US air strikes hit IS positions

Kurdish fighters, backed by Iraqi forces and a new wave of US air strikes, have pressed their offensive against jihadist rebels as President Barack Obama urged a joint counterterrorism effort.

Obama hails recapturing of Iraq`s Mosul Dam

US President Barack Obama has said the recapturing of the strategic Mosul dam in Northern Iraq by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by the US air-strikes, is a major step forward in the fight against the Sunni militant group.

Long flight from Sunni militants leads Iraqi Turkmens to Baghdad

Iraq`s third largest ethnic group after Arabs and Kurds, they include both Sunnis and Shi`ites and have a history of being targeted in previous conflicts. 

Britain would ``favourably consider`` supplying Kurds with arms: Report

Britain would "favourably consider" a request for arms from the Kurds to help them battle Sunni militants who have seized much of Iraq, the BBC reported.

US strikes spur Kurd fightback against Iraq jihadists

Iraq`s Kurdish peshmerga, buoyed by US air strikes, reclaimed two towns from jihadist fighters on Sunday, while Western powers ramped up efforts to save displaced civilians stranded on a mountain.

Egypt`s Sisi says independence for Iraq`s Kurds would be ``catastrophic``

Egypt`s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday a referendum on the independence of Iraq`s Kurdish region would lead to a "catastrophic" break up of the country.

Iraq Kurd chief to discuss disputed areas referendum: MP

Iraqi Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani will address the Kurdish parliament Thursday on holding a referendum in disputed areas, after vowing to hold a plebiscite within months, an MP said.

Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish autonomy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the international community to support Jordan in the fight against "Islamic extremism" and to back the independence of Iraq`s Kurds.

Iraq villagers flee militant advance in north

Hundreds of villagers fleeing advances by Sunni militants in Iraq crowded on Thursday under the morning sun at a checkpoint on the edge of the country`s Kurdish-controlled territory.

Iraqi Kurd PM issues warning over ISIL offensive

It will be "almost impossible" for Iraq to return to how it was before recent sweeping gains by jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the prime minister of the Kurdistan region warned today.

Teen killed as Turkish protesters clash with police: Reports

A 15-year-old Kurdish teenager died on Sunday night as protesters clashed with police in the city of Adana in southern Turkey, local media reported.