Kurds

Iraq top court declares Kurd referendum unconstitutional

Iraq's supreme court on Monday declared that referendum on independence in the autonomous Kurdish areas in the north was unconstitutional.

Nov 20, 2017, 16:26 PM IST

Policeman, PKK militant killed in southeast Turkey: Governor's office

A policeman and a militant from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Friday, the local governor`s office said.

Nov 03, 2017, 12:36 PM IST

Iraq forces push into `last den` of ISIS in country

Iraqi forces on Thursday thrust into the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in the country.

Oct 26, 2017, 20:28 PM IST

US relations damaged by Washington's links to Kurdish militias: Turkey

Turkey's Prime Minister on Friday said the obvious links between the US-backed Kurdish People`s Protection Units (YPG) and the founder of the Kurdistan Workers` Party (PKK), is the cause of great damage to his country`s relationship with Washington.

Oct 21, 2017, 09:29 AM IST
Syria's SDF: US-backed alliance who captured IS-held Raqa

Syria's SDF: US-backed alliance who captured IS-held Raqa

On October 17, SDF spokesman Talal Sello told AFP the US-backed fighters finally had "taken full control of Raqa" from IS.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:33 PM IST
Big `yes` vote expected for Iraqi Kurd independence

Big `yes` vote expected for Iraqi Kurd independence

Iraq`s Kurds were Tuesday expecting the announcement of a big 'yes' vote for independence.

Sep 26, 2017, 23:41 PM IST

Curfew declared in Kirkuk as Kurds celebrate independence vote

Authorities in Kirkuk declared a curfew an hour and a half before polls closed in a Kurdish independence referendum on Monday as jubilant Kurds celebrated a vote that has raised fears of a new outburst of ethnic conflict.

Sep 26, 2017, 06:55 AM IST
Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday.

Sep 25, 2017, 23:55 PM IST

Suicide bomber kills four in Kurdish-held Syrian northeast

A suicide car bomber killed four people at a checkpoint in a Kurdish-controlled area of northeastern Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Jul 18, 2017, 15:56 PM IST

Iraqi forces launch operation to seize last Islamic State enclave in Mosul

Iraqi armed forces launched an operation on Saturday to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul, according to a military statement.

May 27, 2017, 21:45 PM IST
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".

May 15, 2017, 19:10 PM IST
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.

May 10, 2017, 00:31 AM IST

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.

Mar 31, 2017, 00:17 AM IST

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.

Feb 26, 2017, 11:16 AM IST
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.

Dec 03, 2016, 17:35 PM IST

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". 

Nov 07, 2016, 17:42 PM IST
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.

Nov 07, 2016, 13:36 PM IST

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.

Sep 26, 2016, 17:52 PM IST

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.

Aug 28, 2016, 13:31 PM IST
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.

Aug 12, 2016, 19:38 PM IST