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  • Turkey Kurds: The bitter politics of the football pitch / Cagil Kasapoglu

    If ethnic tensions in Turkey are reflected on the football pitch, then Amedspor and their Kurdish following are at the very centre of the field.

    08:49 AM
  • Iranian National Oil Company opens office in Iraq / Adnan Abu ZeedIranian National Oil Company opens office in Iraq / Adnan Abu Zeed

    The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) decided May 4 to open an economic representative office in Iraq. The decision was made during a meeting bringing together executives at Iraq’s Oil Ministry and Iranian oil industry equipment producers, on the sidelines of the Iran Oil Show 2019.

    10:45 PM
  • Turkey polishes Iraqi relations, champions Turkmen in politics / Dana Taib MenmyTurkey polishes Iraqi relations, champions Turkmen in politics / Dana Taib Menmy

    In addition to discussing bilateral relations and an energy deal on his visit to Iraq April 28-29, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the issue of Turkmen participation in the government.

    10:28 PM
  • Turkey and Russia on collision course over Kurdish militia in Syria

    The latest developments in Syria’s Idlib and Tal Rifaat point to challenges in the Turkish-Russian bid in Syria amid Ankara’s ongoing concerns about the presence of Kurdish militia  in the region, wrote analyst Serkan Demirtas in pro-government Hurriyet Daily News on Saturday.

    11:12 AM
  • Kurds, Damascus agreement is still likely, expert tells KurdpressKurds, Damascus agreement is still likely, expert tells Kurdpress

    An Australian-based free-lance writer believes Syria President Bashar al-Assad is not ready to accept autonomy for the Kurds in the north of the country but there is still the possibility of an agreement between the Kurds and Damascus.

    10:13 AM
  • Turkey cannot abandon Iran’s oil: FMTurkey cannot abandon Iran’s oil: FM

    Turkey will be unable to diversify oil imports quickly after the United States ended waivers on purchases from Iran, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday, a day after a US-imposed sanctions deadline.

    09:35 AM
  • Iraq denies US troops involved in any military operationsIraq denies US troops involved in any military operations

    The US troops in Iraq only assist the country’s army in fighting the Islamic State (is) and do not carry out any military operations, Muhammad Abadi, general secretary of the Iraqi Defense Ministry, told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    04:06 PM
  • New US plan for creating safe zone in northern SyriaNew US plan for creating safe zone in northern Syria

    The United States and Turkey are negotiating a plan for their troops to jointly patrol a safe zone about 20 miles wide along Syria's northeastern border with Turkey, according to officials from both countries.

    03:53 PM
  • Attack on CHP leader worrying for Turkey / Serkan DemirtasAttack on CHP leader worrying for Turkey / Serkan Demirtas

    It is very unfortunate and worrying for Turkey and Turkish politics to observe a mass physical attack against Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), in Çubuk district of Ankara during the funeral of a soldier who was martyred by the PKK on April 19. The footage of the attack reveals that Kılıçdaroğlu nearly escaped lynch by a nationalist group obviously in a rage. 

    10:16 AM
  • Turkey's new Kurdish mayors denounce greed of predecessors / Amberin ZamanTurkey's new Kurdish mayors denounce greed of predecessors / Amberin Zaman

    Gilded doors, crystal chandeliers, marble bathrooms — a sea of luxury greeted Adnan Selcuk Mizrakli when he entered Diyarbakir’s city hall as the mainly Kurdish provincial capital’s new mayor. “Behold, behold,” Mizrakli told a group of journalists filming the event. “They built themselves palaces with the people’s money.”

    09:10 PM
  • How the Kurdish factor had a boomerang effect in Erdogan's election defeat / Kadri GurselHow the Kurdish factor had a boomerang effect in Erdogan's election defeat / Kadri Gursel

    The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey — which has a predominantly Kurdish base and has suffered heavy government oppression since 2015 — played a decisive role in the government’s loss of the big cities, including the crucial Istanbul, in the March 31 local elections. As part of its political strategy in the country’s west, the HDP sat out the mayoral races in big cities such as Istanbul, Izmir, Adana and the capital city of Ankara. Paradoxically, the HDP absence from the ballots became the party’s way of proving its political presence and weight.

    09:31 AM
  • Putin, Erdogan to discuss S-400, US Syria pullout in Moscow: officialPutin, Erdogan to discuss S-400, US Syria pullout in Moscow: official

    The delivery of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to Turkey may be on the agenda in a meeting between the presidents of the two states, a Russian presidential aide said on Friday.

    01:30 AM
  • Is the PKK lying low as elections approach in Turkey? / Metin GurcanIs the PKK lying low as elections approach in Turkey? / Metin Gurcan

    With the approach of local elections in Turkey, proclaimed a “matter of survival” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the absence of one thing is striking: armed attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to the Turkish government, the calm stems from its efforts in the fight against terror, but others believe it is not a matter of the PKK's capacity, but a strategic choice on the organization's part.

    03:08 PM
  • Turkey’s Kurds celebrate new year, brace for election / Ayla Jean YackleyTurkey’s Kurds celebrate new year, brace for election / Ayla Jean Yackley

    Turkey’s Kurds rang in their traditional new year on Thursday while bracing for a critical election this month that the region’s biggest party hopes will deliver a clear rebuke against the government’s crackdown on its political movement.

    09:40 PM
  • Iran, Syria and Iraq military heads to meet in DamascusIran, Syria and Iraq military heads to meet in Damascus

    The military chiefs of staff of Iran, Syria and Iraq will hold a meeting in Damascus to discuss “ways to combat terrorism,” the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday, March 18.

    04:11 PM
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