Turkey begins third phase ‘Operation Claw 3’ against PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan

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ANKARA,— Turkey’s defense ministry says it has launched a third military operation against Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan region, state-run Anadolu agency reported. The ministry, in a statement Saturday, announced the start of “Operation Claw-3” in Sinat-Haftanin region in Iraqi Kurdistan. According to the statement the operation was launched to facilitate […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan accuses dismissed elected Kurdish mayors of serving ‘terrorists’

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ISTANBUL,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday defended his government’s decision to remove three pro-Kurdish mayors from office and accused them of serving “terrorists”, in comments published in the official Anadolu news agency. The Kurdish mayors of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van provinces in Turkey Kurdish in the southeast of the country — all members […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan accuses dismissed elected Kurdish mayors of serving ‘terrorists’

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ISTANBUL,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday defended his government’s decision to remove three pro-Kurdish mayors from office and accused them of serving “terrorists”, in comments published in the official Anadolu news agency. The Kurdish mayors of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van provinces in Turkey Kurdish in the southeast of the country — all members […]

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Iraqi former PM Maliki threatens response if Israel involved in attacks on PMF

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BAGHDAD,— Former Iraqi Prime Minister and the head of the State of Law Coalition Nouri al-Maliki warned on Friday of a “strong response” if Israel is proven to have been behind recent airstrikes on pro-Iran Shiite militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) bases in Iraq. A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and […]

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Iraqi former PM Maliki threatens response if Israel involved in attacks on PMF

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BAGHDAD,— Former Iraqi Prime Minister and the head of the State of Law Coalition Nouri al-Maliki warned on Friday of a “strong response” if Israel is proven to have been behind recent airstrikes on pro-Iran Shiite militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) bases in Iraq. A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and […]

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Makhmour camp refugees banned from traveling to Erbil since murder of Turkish diplomat

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— More than a month has passed since the apparent assassination of a Turkish diplomat at HuQQabaz restaurant in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, but a strict ban remains in place that prevents people living in Rostam Judi camp in Makhmour from visiting the city. Turkey’s Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) party representative […]

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Senior PKK female commander Helin Halana killed in Turkish airstrike

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QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Iraqi Kurdistan,— The People’s Defense Forces HPG, the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said on Thursday that one of its senior commanders was killed in a Turkish airstrike. Helin Halana, also known as Layla Karabash, was killed in an airstrike on Tuesday in Qandil in Iraqi Kurdistan Region, according to an HPG statement […]

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Netanyahu hints at Israeli involvement in attacks on Iranian targets in Iraq

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JERUSALEM,— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq. A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel’s regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United […]

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U.S. concerned over Turkey’s removal of Kurdish mayors

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WASHINGTON,— The US State Department on Wednesday called the removal of three democratically elected mayors from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey “obviously concerning.” U.S. Department of State spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said during a press briefing “I think in general, anywhere in the world, it’s always concerning when you see the removal of […]

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Clashes between Turkish army and Kurdish PKK leave three soldiers dead

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DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey Kurdistan,— Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with Kurdish PKK militants in Turkey Kurdistan, the Kurdish region in southeast Turkey, near the borders with Syrian Kurdistan and Iraqi Kurdistan, the local governor’s office said on Thursday. Three militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were “neutralized” in the fighting, the Sirnak […]

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