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  • As conditions shift in Syria, Kurds open to talks with Damascus / Fehim TastekinAs conditions shift in Syria, Kurds open to talks with Damascus / Fehim Tastekin

    Actions by the United States, Turkey and Russia could be driving Kurds into the awkward embrace of the Syrian regime.

    05:07 PM
  • Pro-Kurdish opposition party election workers held as Turkey vote approaches / Amberin ZamanPro-Kurdish opposition party election workers held as Turkey vote approaches / Amberin Zaman

    With only days left before landmark elections in Turkey, pressure is intensifying on the one party that could swing the outcome, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). More than 50 party members and canvassers were detained in separate early morning raids in the eastern province of Erzurum, the southeastern province of Sirnak and in the western provinces of Bursa and Izmir, the opposition daily Evrensel reported. Among those detained were senior figures from the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), the the HDP’s sister organization in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region.

    02:34 PM
  • No Turkish party free to speak up for captives held by PKK / Amberin ZamanNo Turkish party free to speak up for captives held by PKK / Amberin Zaman

    As Turkey keeps up attacks against Kurdish rebels in their stronghold in the Qandil Mountains straddling Iran and Iraq, the plight of Turkish soldiers, intelligence operatives and various other Turkish citizens being held by the militants has received scant attention and there is growing worry among their families they might get caught in the middle.

    04:08 PM
  • Is Ankara trying to change demographics in Turkey's Kurdish regions? / Fehim Tastekin

    Some 74 years ago, Meskhetian Turks were deported from their homeland in Soviet Georgia. They've been trying to return to the region ever since.

    11:10 AM
  • Iraq's favorite lake dries up in sign of worse to come / Wassim BassemIraq's favorite lake dries up in sign of worse to come / Wassim Bassem

    Karbala’s Lake Milh hasn’t seen a lot of visitors in the last few years. Once a popular picnic destination for Karbala residents, the lake’s water has dwindled, leaving most of it a desert with nothing but derelict fishing boats and dead animals.

    04:27 PM
  • A Win-Win-Win Situation in Northern Syria /Xander Snyder

    A rare agreement has reportedly been reached by the United States and Turkey, with the Syrian Kurds stuck in the middle.

    08:45 AM
  • Iraqi Kurds face uncertain future after election turmoil / Jonathan GorvettIraqi Kurds face uncertain future after election turmoil / Jonathan Gorvett

    With the Iraqi parliament and High Judicial Council calling last week for a partial recount of votes cast in last month’s general election – and for a cancelation of many results in the country’s Kurdish region – Iraqi Kurdistan now faces some major political uncertainty.

    04:05 PM
  • The F-35 won’t fly to Turkey / Cansu CamlibelThe F-35 won’t fly to Turkey / Cansu Camlibel

    Turkey and the United States seem to have finally agreed on how to solve the Manbij puzzle in Syria, which has been poisoning relations like an open wound for almost two years. A long-awaited summit between Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in Washington sealed a road map, which represents the U.S.’s official commitment to the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River.

    03:51 PM
  • What's behind Turkish threats to invade PKK stronghold in Iraq? / Mahmut BozarslanWhat's behind Turkish threats to invade PKK stronghold in Iraq? / Mahmut Bozarslan

    A flurry of statements by Turkish leaders in recent days have heralded a ground operation on the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq, where the leadership and major camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) are based.

    03:41 PM
  • Manbij plan raises expectations but not mood in US-Turkey relations / Amberin ZamanManbij plan raises expectations but not mood in US-Turkey relations / Amberin Zaman

    The ink on a road map for the Syrian town of Manbij announced Monday between Turkey and the United States has barely dried. But differences in interpretation as to its actual substance are already casting a shadow over the latest stab at salvaging US-Turkish ties and rekindling trust between the two countries. They could result in things getting worse, not better, some analysts warn as Washington grapples to balance ties with Turkey, a critical NATO ally, and its Syrian Kurdish partners in the fight against the Islamic State.

    01:10 PM
  • Iraq to tackle vast vote recount amid claims of extensive fraud / Ali MamouriIraq to tackle vast vote recount amid claims of extensive fraud / Ali Mamouri

    Just hours after Iraq's parliament called June 6 for a partial recount of votes from the May election — where the bloc of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr won a plurality — a massive explosion rocked the section of Baghdad that bears his family's name, Sadr City. At least 18 people were reported killed and dozens were wounded.

    12:29 PM
  • What does the CHP recommend on the Kurdish issue?/ Sedat ErginWhat does the CHP recommend on the Kurdish issue?/ Sedat Ergin

    What messages are the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) giving to voters on the Kurdish issue? What solution framework does it pledge?

    08:28 AM
  • Turkey's opposition unites to fend off election fraud / Amberin ZamanTurkey's opposition unites to fend off election fraud / Amberin Zaman

    Turkey’s largest pro-Kurdish bloc and right-wing nationalists have found common ground thanks to growing worry about potential fraud by the ruling Justice and Development Party in the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections. The Peoples’ Democratic Party and the Iyi (Good) Party have teamed up with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Saadet (Felicity) Party, a small Islamist party, and several trade unions and civil society initiatives to establish what they are calling the “Fair Election Platform.”

    07:41 PM
  • Congress puts US military sales to Turkey in jeopardy / Bryant HarrisCongress puts US military sales to Turkey in jeopardy / Bryant Harris

    Congressional frustration with Turkey has reached a boiling point.After months of deferring to the Donald Trump administration and forgoing punitive measures for fear of worsening an already sour relationship with a NATO ally, lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands.

    03:16 PM
  • Iraqi Kurds look to open new chapter with Iran / Fazel HawramyIraqi Kurds look to open new chapter with Iran / Fazel Hawramy

    Iraqi Kurds are opening a new chapter in their relations with Iran, seven months after Tehran sided with Baghdad in crushing their ambition for independence following a 2017 referendum in which nearly 93% of Kurds opted to secede from Iraq.

    03:54 PM
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