KURDS

  • Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State 13 hours 31 minutes ago

    Suruk: A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim...
  • US airdrops arms, ammunition to Kurds battling Islamic State in Kobane October 20, 2014

    Washington: The American military airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in the flashpoint Syrian city of Kobane, in a move likely to anger ally Turkey. Kurdish defenders have been under IS assault for more than a month in Kobane, which has become a key...
  • Riots in Turkey kill 19 over failure to aid besieged Syrian Kurds October 8, 2014

    Mursitpinar: At least 19 people were reported killed in riots across Turkey, the deadliest street unrest in years, after the Kurdish minority rose up in fury at the government's refusal to protect a besieged Syrian town from Islamic State. Street battles raged between Kurdish protesters and police across Turkey's mainly Kurdish...
  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance September 21, 2014

    Suruc (Turkey): About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an...
  • US Iraq air raids help Kurds and Shiites at expense of Sunnis September 9, 2014

    Suleiman Bega (Iraq): A small group of people pick through putrefying human remains laid out on plastic sheets by the side of a road in northern Iraq, searching for any trace of missing friends and relatives. Some had brought spades to help dig up the mass grave near Suleiman Beg after...
  • Seven countries join US in arming Kurds against ISIL August 27, 2014

    Washington: Seven countries, including Italy, France and the UK, have joined the American effort to arm the Kurdish forces in northern Iraq against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist outfit that has gained control of large parts of Syria and Iraq. "In addition to support from the US...
  • Backed by US strikes, Iraq Kurds retake strategic dam: Officials August 19, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's biggest dam from Islamist militants with the help of US air strikes to secure a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country, Kurdish and US officials said on Monday. US fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the...
  • Iraq: Kurds push to drive militants from Mosul Dam with US air support August 18, 2014

    Dohuk: Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said. Islamic State militants have seized several towns and oilfields as well as Mosul Dam in recent weeks, possibly giving them...
  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis August 13, 2014

    Maliliya (Syria): In a dusty camp, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop. While the US and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority with supply drops from...
  • Barack Obama says tackling Iraq's insurgency will take time August 9, 2014

    Baghdad: President Barack Obama said on Saturday US airstrikes had destroyed arms that Islamic State militants could have used against Iraqi Kurds, but warned there was no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to tear Iraq apart. Speaking the day after US warplanes hit militants in Iraq, Obama said it...
  • Jihadists kill 14 Iraq Kurds in battle over dam, oil facility August 2, 2014

    Arbil (Iraq): Kurdish troops fought off a jihadist attack on an oil facility and a dam near the Iraqi city of Mosul but lost 14 of their number in an intense combat, Kurdish sources said on Saturday. The Islamic State (IS), which controls the northern city, "attacked a peshmerga post in...
  • 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 24yearold, a fighter in the Iraqi region's...
  • Sunnis, Kurds abandon Iraq parliament after no replacement for Maliki named July 1, 2014

    Baghdad: Newly elected Iraqi lawmakers convene on Tuesday, under pressure to name a unity government to keep the country from splitting apart after an onslaught by Sunni Islamists who have declared a 'caliphate' to rule over all the world's Muslims. The meeting of the new legislature in Baghdad's fortified 'green zone'...
  • Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish autonomy June 30, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the international community to support Jordan in the fight against "Islamic extremism" and to back the independence of Iraq's Kurds. "We need to support efforts by the international community to strengthen Jordan and support the aspirations of the Kurds for independence," Netanyahu said...
  • More than 7,000 Syrian refugees return from Iraq June 3, 2013

    Baghdad: More than 7,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq have crossed back to the rebelheld Syrian border town of Albu Kamal in recent weeks due to better security there, an Iraqi official said on Sunday. The reverse flow coincides with a lull in battles and air raids by Syrian President Bashar alAssad's...
  • 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,...
  • Blast kills 5 in disputed area in Northern Iraq December 17, 2012

    Baghdad: Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed five people and wounded eleven others in the country's north, the second day in a row in which blasts have targeted disputed regions there. Police officials said the explosion Monday morning was in alMouafaqiyah, a village inhabited by families from the Shabak...
  • 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 Islamicrooted 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...
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin 'Chemical Ali' is executed January 25, 2010

    Baghdad: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan alMajid was executed on Monday, according to the government. "The condemned... has been executed by hanging today," government spokesman Ali alDabbagh announced on state television. "This penalty is just retribution for the offender." AlMajid, dubbed "Chemical Ali" for ordering the use of chemical...
  • Iraq unfurls new flag to 'forget Saddam' February 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Iraq on Wednesday adopted a temporary new national flag, as part of its attempted national reconciliation. It is still red, white and black but three green stars representing Saddam's motto of unity, freedom and socialism, have been removed. The phrase 'Allahu Akbar' or God is Greatest, which...
  • Turkey readies for battle, targets rebels in Iraq October 17, 2007

    Northern Iraq: One of the few peaceful and prosperous areas in Iraq is now threatened by a separate conflict: Turkish military. Turkey's cabinet has asked its Parliament for the goahead to launch an offensive into the oilrich region of northern Iraq, inhabited mostly by the Kurdish populace who had been sent...
  • Saddams victim has the last laugh September 12, 2006

    Baghdad: A Kurdish villager testified on Tuesday he left behind his mother and two sisters as he fled a 1988 attack by Saddam Hussein's forces. Years later, his relatives' identity cards were found in a mass grave, he said. "Congratulations! You are in a cage, Saddam," witness Ghafour Hassan Abdullah said...