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United States plan to arm Kurdish militia casts shadow over Trump-Erdogan talks

United States plan to arm Kurdish militia casts shadow over Trump-Erdogan talks

Angered by a U.S. decision to arm Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, Turkey`s President Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington this week for talks with Donald Trump seeking either to change the president`s mind or to "sort things out ourselves".

White House approves arms for Kurds fighting ISIS in Syria

White House approves arms for Kurds fighting ISIS in Syria

Despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey, the White House has approved supplying arms to Kurdish YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Kurdish voters stabbed outside Turkish consulate in Brussels

Protests erupted after Turkish government supporters on Thursday allegedly attacked and injured three Kurds going to vote in Turkey`s constitutional referendum at its consulate in Brussels, local media reported.

Kurds to offer seized territory to recapture Mosul from ISIS

In a renewed push for independence from Baghdad, Iraqi Kurdish leaders are likely to offer territory seized by their forces in a bid to recapture Mosul from ISIS terrorists.

Turkish military kills 20 Kurdish rebels as fresh tensions rise

Turkish military kills 20 Kurdish rebels as fresh tensions rise

Citing the Turkish military, the Reuters reported that the PKK fighters had crossed into Turkey from northern Iraq and tried to attack the military bases.

Islamic State militants set off car bombs in new Syria battle

Islamic State militants have set off five car bombs targeting U.S.-backed Syrian armed groups attacking Raqqa, a Kurdish source said on Monday, saying the fight to drive IS from its stronghold city would "not be easy". 

Iraqi Kurdish forces advance on ISIS-held town east of Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish forces advance on ISIS-held town east of Mosul

 Iraqi Kurdish fighters exchanged heavy fire with IS militants early today as they advanced from two directions on a town held by the Islamic State group east of the city of Mosul.

Turkey welcomes withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish fighters from Manbij: Deputy PM

A significant portion of Kurdish YPG militia fighters who were in the northern Syrian town of Manbij are withdrawing to the east of the Euphrates river in a move welcomed by Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters on Monday.

Turkish warplanes, artillery hit targets in north Syria: Sources

Turkish warplanes and artillery struck targets held by the Kurdish YPG militia in north Syria on Sunday, security sources said, as Turkey pressed on with a cross-border campaign launched last week with its Syrian rebel allies.

IS abducts around 2,000 civilians in north Syria: Monitor, Kurds

IS abducts around 2,000 civilians in north Syria: Monitor, Kurds

The Arab-Kurdish alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled most IS fighters from the town last week, but a small number remained.

31 killed in Syria bomb attacks

At least 31 people were killed and over 100 injured when twin bombings rocked the predominantly-Kurdish city of Qamishli in Syria on Wednesday, the media reported.

Turkey carries out air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq - NTV

Turkey carries out air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq - NTV

"Turkey`s military carried out air strikes against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, killing 20 militants", broadcaster NTV said on Wednesday.

13,000 flee ISIS bastion Manbij since start of assault: Monitor

At least 13,000 civilians have fled the Islamic State group bastion of Manbij in northern Syria since the launch of a US-backed offensive there, a monitor said Monday. 

Islamic State captures 900 Kurdish civilians in north Syria in 3 weeks

Islamic State captures 900 Kurdish civilians in north Syria in 3 weeks

Islamic State militants abducted about 900 Kurdish civilians in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo over the past three weeks, forcing the captives to build fortifications for the extremists in retaliation for a Kurdish-led assault on a nearby IS stronghold, activists said today.

Syria army thrusts into IS bastion as Kurds advance from north

Syria army thrusts into IS bastion as Kurds advance from north

It was the first time that government troops had entered Raqa province since they were ousted by IS fighters in August 2014.

Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-IS offensive north of Syria`s Raqa

Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-IS offensive north of Syria`s Raqa

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow was ready to coordinate with both the US and the SDF in the offensive for Raqa.

18 dead in Syrian rebel shelling on Kurdish area: Monitor

18 dead in Syrian rebel shelling on Kurdish area: Monitor

A pregnant woman and three children were among 18 civilians killed when Syrian rebels shelled a Kurdish neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo, a monitor said Wednesday.

Turkey stability fears as Kurdish conflict threatens to escalate

Sunday`s suicide car bombing in Ankara has raised fears of an escalation in Turkey`s long-running Kurdish conflict, as the country grapples with the Islamic State threat while relying on a security system weakened by a political crackdown, analysts say.

Violence kills 670 across Iraq in February: UN

Violence kills 670 across Iraq in February: UN

The United Nations says continuous violence has left at least 670 Iraqis dead in February, of whom about two-thirds were civilians.

ISIS launches chemical warfare in Iraq, Kurds are target: Report

ISIS launches chemical warfare in Iraq, Kurds are target: Report

Chlorine, a choking agent, was first used as a chemical weapon during the First World War.