Kurdish

  • Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency July 24, 2014

    Baghdad: Kurdish politician Fuad Masum became the new president of Iraq on Thursday, in a step towards forming a new government that visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon said must be inclusive for the country to survive. A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of of Baghdad led by...
  • Iraq chaos fuels Kurds' independence dream, but hurdles remain July 7, 2014

    Iraq: A grave, freshly dug and adorned with pebbles, is the modest tribute to one more sacrifice in the long history of struggle for an independent Kurdish state. Hogir Fathi was looking forward to home leave in his village in autonomous Kurdistan when the 24-year-old, a fighter in the Iraqi region's...
  • John Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse June 24, 2014

    Arbil: US Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country's biggest...
  • Kurdish minority forms militia groups to defend territories from ISIS June 23, 2014

    The Kurdish minority formed militia groups to defend their autonomous territories from the ISIS onslaught. The intersection that this combat outpost is protecting is incredibly strategic. Peshmerga Commander Col. Hakim Karim Ahmed said that they had two casualties during the firefight. ...
  • Iraqi Kurds slam Baghdad legal action over oil shipment May 25, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's Kurdish region slammed legal action filed by the central government against Turkey, saying on Sunday it was illegitimate and likely to fail, the latest in worsening ties between Baghdad and Kurdistan. The Kurdish Ministry of Natural Resources statement came just days after Baghdad's Oil Ministry filed a request for...
  • Explosions across Baghdad, at least 22 killed October 8, 2013

    Bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 22 people, police said. Five of the six blasts were in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts, but there was also an explosion in the predominantly Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Doura. In the deadliest attack, a parked car bomb blew up in...
  • Iraq: Powerful bomb rocks Kirkuk, 4 dead January 16, 2013

    Baghdad: A powerful suicide car bomb struck the local headquarters for the party of a key Kurdish leader early Wednesday in the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least four and wounding dozens, according to officials. The blast outside the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party caused widespread damage,...
  • Turkish women protest new abortion law June 4, 2012

    Ankara: Thousands of demonstrators on Monday staged the largest protest yet against plans by Turkey's Islamic-rooted government to curb abortion, which critics say will amount to a virtual ban. Around 3,000 women, their ages ranging from 20 to 60 years old, gathered at a square in Istanbul's Kadikoy district carrying banners...
  • Turkey: Militants hijack ferry, 25 onboard November 12, 2011

    New Delhi: In Turkey, suspected Kurdish militants hijacked a ferry near Istanbul on Friday. There are 25 passengers and crew on board. Authorities have said that at least one of the hijackers is armed. There was no information on his identity or his motive. Mayor of Izmit Ibrahim Karaosmanoglu said the...
  • Suspected Kurdish rebels hijack ferry in Turkey November 12, 2011

    Ankara: A group of Kurdish militants on Friday hijacked a ferry with 19 passengers near Istanbul, the country's transport minister said. The minister, Binali Yildirim, said "four or five" hijackers claiming to be members of the armed wing of the Kurdish rebel group Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, commandeered the ship...
  • Turkish jets raid Iraq, clashes kill 20 June 20, 2010

    Ankara: Turkish warplanes launched air raids at suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq on Saturday after a rebel attack on a military outpost in Turkey touched off clashes in which eight soldiers and 12 rebel fighters died, Turkey's military said. Special Forces were also immediately sent to reinforce the...
  • Demonstrator clash with police in Turkey October 26, 2008

    Van, Turkey: Thousands of demonstrators came in clash with riot police over an alleged attack on jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. Police had detained many Kurdish protesters in the eastern Turkish city of Van on Saturday The protest was called by Turkey's pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party. The crowd was...