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Ethnic group in the Middle East

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Kurds: Ethnic group in the Middle East
Kurds or the Kurdish people are an Iranian ethnic group of the Middle East, mostly inhabiting a contiguous area known as Kurdistan. Geographically, those four adjacent and often-mountainous areas include southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria. There are also exclaves of Kurds in central Anatolia and Khorasan. Additionally, there are significant Kurdish diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey, in particular Istanbul, while a Kurdish diaspora has developed in Western Europe, primarily in Germany. Numerically, the Kurds are estimated to number anywhere from a low of 30 million, to possibly as high as 45 million.

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Syrian Kurds accuse Assad of policy of 'oppression and violence'

The Syrian government's threat to recover the Kurdish-led region of northern Syria through force unless it submits to state rule shows Damascus is determined to pursue a policy of "oppression and..
Reuters - Published

Iran denies joint operation with Turkey against PKK - Fars

DUBAI (Reuters) - Turkey repeated on Monday that it and Iran were carrying out a joint operation against Kurdish militants, despite a denial from Tehran that it was involved. Turkish President Tayyip..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Videos for Kurds

Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally [Video]Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally

According to Reuters, Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria, as the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington’s Kurdish allies by force...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Hundreds surrender in last IS enclave, SDF advance [Video]Hundreds surrender in last IS enclave, SDF advance

Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground in their last shred of territory. Mia..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

US-backed SDF make 'modest advances' on final ISIL holdout [Video]US-backed SDF make 'modest advances' on final ISIL holdout

Kurdish-led forces move slowly into eastern Syrian village amid ISIL sniper fire, landmines, SDF commander says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

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Shamima Begum's Dutch husband says he wants to return to the Netherlands with her and their newborn son. Islamic Sate fighter Yago Riedijk, 27, is being held in a Kurdish-run detention centre in..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:21Published

Iraqi karate team trains on snow-capped mountain [Video]Iraqi karate team trains on snow-capped mountain

Kikoshin Karate Club's team of some 70 Kurdish young boys and girls carry out their weekly training on a snow-capped mountain in Sulaimaniyah.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Suspected Islamic State members surrender to U.S-backed SDF forces near Baghouz [Video]Suspected Islamic State members surrender to U.S-backed SDF forces near Baghouz

Suspected Islamic State militants and their families were seen surrendering to U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near the Iraqi border village of Baghouz on Thursday, video released by a news agency..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

Islamic State loyalties linger despite defeat [Video]Islamic State loyalties linger despite defeat

A Syrian woman from Raqqa tells Reuters "as long as we are alive Islamic State still exists". The woman was speaking at a transit point for evacuated people in Deir Al-Zor province. Emily Wither..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:33Published

Syrian Kurdish fighters carry out major evacuation from last ISIS stronghold [Video]Syrian Kurdish fighters carry out major evacuation from last ISIS stronghold

Syrian Kurdish fighters released footage of hundreds of men, women and children being evacuated on Monday night from the last stronghold of the Islamic State group in Syria.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:20Published

Syria Kurds evacuate civilians from final IS enclave [Video]Syria Kurds evacuate civilians from final IS enclave

Kurdish-led forces in Syria have evacuated more civilians, many of them women and children, from Islamic State's last enclave. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

U.S. to leave 200 American troops in Syria after pullout [Video]U.S. to leave 200 American troops in Syria after pullout

The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Mike Pompeo Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Not Allowed To Return To The U.S. [Video]Mike Pompeo Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Not Allowed To Return To The U.S.

According to a report by CNN, on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that he directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to allow Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who left in November of 2014 to join..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:49Published

Assad Advisor Roundly Rejects Possibility Of Granting Kurds Autonomy [Video]Assad Advisor Roundly Rejects Possibility Of Granting Kurds Autonomy

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, a senior advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flatly rejected the possibility of giving Syrian Kurds measure of autonomy, claiming that such a move..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb' [Video]U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'

Hundreds of foreign jihadist fighters held in Syria represent a "time bomb" and could escape and threaten the West unless countries do more to take them back, the Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed authorities..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published

U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Call For Coalition Troops To Stay [Video]U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Call For Coalition Troops To Stay

According to Reuters, The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:57Published

Islamic State's Syria territory faces collapse [Video]Islamic State's Syria territory faces collapse

The battle for Islamic State's last territory in Syria continued over the weekend. With the militants facing certain defeat, questions remain over what will happen to the survivors and U.S. plans to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:03Published

'Civilians killed' as US-backed forces push to defeat ISIL [Video]'Civilians killed' as US-backed forces push to defeat ISIL

At least 16 dead in air attacks launched by Kurdish-led SDF, which battles ISIL in Syria's Baghouz, a war monitor says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:42Published

'Heavy clashes' in Syria as SDF launches final push against ISIL [Video]'Heavy clashes' in Syria as SDF launches final push against ISIL

US-backed Kurdish forces advance in eastern Deir Az Zor province in 'final' battle to crush remaining ISIL fighters.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:20Published

US-backed Kurds launch final push against ISIL in Syria [Video]US-backed Kurds launch final push against ISIL in Syria

More than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from ISIL area in eastern province as 'decisive' battle begins.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

Syria war: Kurdish fighters battle ISIL in its last controlled area [Video]Syria war: Kurdish fighters battle ISIL in its last controlled area

More than 24,000 people have been displaced in a matter of weeks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Syria conflict: Uncertainty remains over future of safe zones [Video]Syria conflict: Uncertainty remains over future of safe zones

Turkey's government wants the whole area east of the Euphrates River to be cleared of ISIL as well as Kurdish fighters.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:27Published

Syrian Kurdish YPG Expects Negotiations With Damascus Soon [Video]Syrian Kurdish YPG Expects Negotiations With Damascus Soon

According to Reuters, the head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes that talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a “positive” reaction from..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

 

Iran demands US leave Syria, Damascus threatens its ally

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington's Kurdish allies by force if they did..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Damascus vows to bring Kurdish-held areas back under control

The Syrian government said on Monday areas held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be brought back under its control through military force or the kind of "reconciliation..
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants: minister

Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said according to state-owned media.
Reuters - Published

Two Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish PKK: military

Clashes between the Iraqi army and Kurdish PKK militia killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded five of the militants on Sunday, the Iraqi military said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

for syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as..
WorldNews - Published

3,000 ISIS Members In Syria Surrender To Kurdish-Led Forces

3,000 isis members in syria surrender to kurdish-led forces
The remaining 3,000 Islamic State members in the group’s last Syrian holdout surrendered Tuesday, The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. Thousands of terrorists and their relatives surrendered..
WorldNews - Published

Thousands surrender as IS group nears defeat in Syria

Around 3,000 Islamic State members have surrendered from the group's last holdout in Syria, Kurdish-led forces said Tuesday, as air raids and shelling resumed after a brief lull.
France 24 - Published

After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle

By Ellen Francis QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish authorities that led the fight against Islamic State are prepping for their next battle: a political struggle to win international..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Turkey says it is discussing Syria offensive with Russia, U.S.

Turkey is discussing with Russia and the United States a potential military offensive in a region of northeast Syria controlled by Kurdish fighters, a Turkish defense official was cited as saying by..
Reuters - Published

ECHR orders Turkey to compensate owner of closed Kurdish newspaper

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey on Tuesday to compensate the owner of a Kurdish newspaper that was shut down in 2016, after finding that criminal proceedings had been..
Reuters - Published

Bosnia will take back and try two captured Islamic state fighters

Bosnia is preparing to take back two of its nationals who are suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria and are now in detention in a Kurdish-run camp in the north of that country, its security..
Reuters - Published

US-backed force kills dozens of ISIS fighters as Baghouz offensive resumes

us-backed force kills dozens of isis fighters as baghouz offensive resumes
The US-backed force waging the battle against ISIS in its last pocket has killed dozens of fighters and captured an arms dump as it restarted an offensive to wrest the scrap of territory from the..
WorldNews - Published

Morocco repatriates eight alleged Islamic State jihadists from Syria, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces confirms transfer

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which is spearheading a final offensive against the Islamic State group's last redoubt, confirmed its involvement in the transfer.
Firstpost - Published

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