U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis in Turkey for talks on Syria, Kurds

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ANKARA,— Pentagon chief Jim Mattis held talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara on Wednesday focusing on Washington’s arming of a Kurdish militia of Syrian Kurdistan viewed as a terror group by Turkey, a move which has strained ties between the NATO allies. Mattis flew in for the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review […]

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U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals, Kurds

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DETROIT,— A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, who […]

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U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals, Kurds

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DETROIT,— A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, who […]

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Kurds, supporters of Turkey’s Erdogan clash in Washington

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WASHINGTON,— Two people were arrested during a brawl outside the residence of Turkey’s ambassador to Washington following a White House visit Tuesday by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Local news reports said Erdogan supporters and Turkish security guards clashed with Kurdish and Armenian protesters who accuse him of rights abuses, local news reports said. Erdogan met […]

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Kurds, allies in Syrian Kurdistan set to approve new government blueprint

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QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies are this week expected to approve a detailed blueprint for a system of federal government in Syrian Kurdistan-Rojava (northern Syria), Kurdish officials said, reaffirming their plans for autonomy as Russia and Turkey seek to revive peace diplomacy. The aim is to increase the autonomy of areas […]

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Suspected Turkish airstrikes killed 18 civilians in Syria: monitor, Kurds

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BEIRUT,— A Syria monitoring group and a Kurdish news agency say overnight airstrikes, suspected to be Turkish, have hit a village in northern Syria, killing at least 18 civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that at least 19 were killed, including three children, in the attack on the majority Kurdish village of […]

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Kurds, allies in Syrian Kurdistan to approve federal plan despite Turkey

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BEIRUT,— Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies will approve a constitution for a new system of government in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), northern Syria, next month, a top Kurdish politician said, defying a Turkish incursion aimed at curbing Kurdish influence in the area. The new system will be established in parts of the north where Kurdish […]

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Kurds, Syrian government agree truce in Hasaka: Kurdish source, state TV

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HASAKA, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syria’s military said Sunday a truce deal has been reached with the Kurds in the flashpoint city of Hasaka in Syrian Kurdistan, but a Kurdish source said it has yet to be finalised. The northeastern Kurdish city has been rocked by deadly clashes between US-backed Kurdish forces and fighters loyal to President […]

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