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Kurds: Iranian ethnic group
Kurds are an Iranian ethnic group native to a mountainous region of Western Asia known as Kurdistan, which spans 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 between 30 and 45 million.

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Hevrin Khalaf: Death of a peacemaker

Syrian-Kurdish leader Hevrin Khalaf was executed by a Syrian army faction, BBC Arabic reports.
BBC News - Published

Kurdish intelligence chief: IS rebuilding in Iraq 'like al-Qaeda on steroids'

kurdish intelligence chief: is rebuilding in iraq 'like al-qaeda on steroids'
Kurdish intelligence chief Lahur Talabany has told the BBC that since their military defeat in Iraq two years ago Islamic State (IS) militants are rebuilding. Mr Talabany warned that IS had reorganised..
WorldNews - Published

Videos for Kurds


BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk field: sources [Video]BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk field: sources

EXCLUSIVE: BP has pulled out of Iraq's giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field's expansion, sources have told Reuters. David Pollard..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

Turkey protesters call for return of those abducted by PKK [Video]Turkey protesters call for return of those abducted by PKK

They claim Kurdish party HDP has been forcibly recruiting or luring their children and relatives to fight for the outlawed group.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published

Defying NATO allies, Turkey calls to brand Kurdish militias as 'terrorists' [Video]Defying NATO allies, Turkey calls to brand Kurdish militias as 'terrorists'

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:57Published

 

Former British soldier charged with terror offences for 'trying to join Kurdish fighters in Syria'

Daniel Burke told police he was not a terrorist and that his arrest was a 'f***ing joke'
Independent - Published

Turkey cannot go back on NATO Poland-Baltics plan: Polish official

A senior Polish official said Monday there could be no backtracking from a NATO decision to pursue a defense plan for Poland and the Baltics after Ankara suggested it might still block it until allies..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says allies must support Turkey after it approved NATO plan: NTV

NATO allies should support Turkey in its conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters after Ankara dropped its objections to the alliance's defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, President Tayyip Erdogan..
Reuters - Published

Macron says 'no consensus' with Turkey over definition of terrorism

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that no consensus could be reached with Turkey on defining terrorism, amid a row with Ankara over Kurdish militia groups.
France 24 - Published

Nato unity on the line as feuding leaders meet

nato unity on the line as feuding leaders meet
Nato leaders will attempt to make a convincing show of unity on Wednesday when they meet to conclude a summit already overshadowed by bitter rows about the future of the alliance. Last year, the..
WorldNews - Published

Macron clashes with Erdoğan over anti-Isis Kurdish fighters

macron clashes with erdoğan over anti-isis kurdish fighters
French president says Turkey should not pressure Nato to label Syrian Kurds as terrorists Emmanuel Macron has confronted his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with his most direct warning yet..
WorldNews - Published

Turkey threatens to block NATO plan on summit eve

turkey threatens to block nato plan on summit eve
By Robin Emmott LONDON (Reuters) - Turkey will oppose a NATO plan to defend Baltic countries unless the alliance backs it in recognising a Kurdish militia as a terrorist group, President Tayyip Erdogan..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Jailed Kurdish leader taken to Turkish hospital days after falling ill: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party was taken to hospital on Monday, his party said, after he lost consciousness last week following chest pains.
Reuters - Published

Jailed pro-Kurdish leader unwell but not taken to hospital: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party lost consciousness after experiencing chest pains last week but he still has not been taken to a hospital despite such requests, one of his..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Qatar backs Turkey's plans to settle Syrian refugees: NTV

Qatar could support Turkey's plans to settle more than a million Syrian refugees in northeast Syria after its offensive against Kurdish militia in the region, broadcaster NTV quoted President Tayyip..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Resumes Operations Against ISIS in Northern Syria

After a lull of several weeks, American troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters are once again conducting large-scale counterterrorism missions.
NYTimes.com - Published

Zehra Dogan's prison paintings fight for the Kurdish cause

The Kurdish artist, activist and journalist Zehra Dogan was imprisoned for 600 days in Turkey as part of the crackdown on journalists in the wake of the failed 2016 military coup. As her paintings..
France 24 - Published

US and Syria's Kurds target ISIS in joint action

us and syria's kurds target isis in joint action
American-led forces and their Syrian Kurdish allies carried out their biggest joint operation against ISIS in Syria since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces there. The US-led..
WorldNews - Published

On Iraq visit, Pence reassures Kurds and discusses protests with prime minister

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington..
Reuters - Published

Pence visits U.S. troops in Iraq, holds call with prime minister

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington..
Reuters - Published

Pence Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq to Reassure Kurdish Allies

pence makes unannounced visit to iraq to reassure kurdish allies
Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday aimed at reassuring Kurdish allies...
WorldNews - Published

Turkey's pro-Kurdish party calls for early elections, won't leave parliament

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party called on Wednesday for an early election but ruled out withdrawing from parliament to protest the government's dismissal of dozens of its mayors who were elected..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's pro-Kurdish party mulls pulling MPs from parliament

A pro-Kurdish opposition party is considering withdrawing lawmakers from Turkey's parliament due to mounting pressure it is facing, and as an act of protest against the government's decision to oust 24..
Reuters - Published

American Kurds take up Syria fight as Erdogan visits Trump

The visit of the Turkish president to the White House has spurred Kurdish-American activists into action.
BBC News - Published

Turkey says Kurdish militia attack kills 10 people in Syrian town of Al-Bab

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a car bomb attack by Syrian Kurdish fighters killed 10 people and wounded more than 15 in the northern Syrian border town of Al-Bab, which Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Turkey replaces four more Kurdish mayors over alleged terror links

Turkey removed four more mayors from their posts on Saturday as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and replaced them with state appointees.
Reuters - Published

Erdogan's ethnic cleansing of the Kurds is still happening now – and we have Trump to thank

erdogan's ethnic cleansing of the kurds is still happening now – and we have trump to thank
Mass expulsion or the physical extermination of an entire ethnic or religious community – ethnic cleansing – is usually treated by the media in one of two different ways: either it receives maximum..
WorldNews - Published

'You exiled me to Manus': Behrouz Boochani lashes Labor's 'shameful' response to NZ arrival

"You exiled me to Manus and you have supported this exile policy for years," the Kurdish refugee said.
SBS - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani gets warm welcome in NZ

Behrouz Boochani travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told reporters he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

We were close, but finally I meet Behrouz face-to-face - as a free man

A refugee adviser for Amnesty International Australia describes a "special day" in the long battle for freedom of a Kurdish journalist detained offshore for six years.
The Age - Published

Literary prize-winning Iranian-Kurdish refugee freed from Australian detention camp

An Iranian asylum seeker and award-winning author held in an offshore Australian detention camp for more than six years said Thursday he had arrived in New Zealand, and was celebrating "freedom".
France 24 - Published

Eye Opener at 8: Turkish leader plays anti-Kurds video at WH

A look back at what we've been covering on "CBS This Morning."
CBS News - Published

Meeting with Turkish leader and GOP senators gets heated

In a press conference right after that Oval Office meeting, President Trump said he thinks Erdogan has a positive relationship with the Kurds
CBS News - Published

Turkish president plays anti-Kurds video in Oval Office meeting

President Trump met with Turkey's president at the White House Wednesday. CBS News has confirmed that there was a surprise confrontation when President Erdogan met with Mr. Trump and others in the Oval..
CBS News - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani arrives in New Zealand after six years in Papua New Guinea

The journalist has reportedly travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told journalists he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

Erdogan's visit to Washington sparks protests from Kurds, Syrians

US President Donald Trump is set to host his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the second time on Tuesday. Trump tweeted he was looking forward to the meeting, but not everyone is happy with..
France 24 - Published

Trump and Erdogan to meet amid strained US-Turkey relations

trump and erdogan to meet amid strained us-turkey relations
WASHINGTON: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the Nato allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the US and..
WorldNews - Published

Kurdish children may be victims of possible chemical attack in Syria

Fighting in Syria continued, despite a ceasefire deal maded between the U.S. and Turkey. Meanwhile, Kurdish children may be victims of a possible chemical attack. Charlie D'Agata reports from Iraq.
CBS News - Published

Kurd commander accepts ceasefire terms

Vice President Mike Pence announced that Turkish President Erdogan agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria. The president called it a "great day for civilization." Charlie D'Agata reports from Iraq.
CBS News - Published

Kurdish refugee in U.S. says Trump using Kurds as "collateral damage"

Kasar Abdulla, a U.S. citizen who fled Iraq and moved to the U.S. in 1992, tells CBS News: "How can I, as a Kurd, still regain trust in an administration that is continuously betraying my people?"
CBS News - Published

Russia moves in as U.S. forces pull out of Syria

Turkey invaded northern Syria last week to flush out America's Kurdish allies after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw. Now thousands of people are on the run and one of America's biggest..
CBS News - Published

U.S. has no intention of ending alliance with Syrian Kurdish fighters: official

The United States has no intention to end its alliance with Syrian Kurdish SDF militia, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, effectively pushing back on Ankara's demand that Washington..
Reuters - Published

U.S. withdraws 1,000 troops from northern Syria, leaving Kurds to fight Turkish soldiers alone

The U.S. plans to withdraw 1,000 troops from northern Syria. Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that it's "very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting." Turkish soldiers are attacking Kurdish..
CBS News - Published

Kurds in the U.S. alarmed by Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria

Some Kurds living in the U.S. said they feel abandoned after the president decided to pull U.S. forces out of northern Syria. Manuel Bojorquez visited Nashville, the city with the largest concentration..
CBS News - Published

American forces continue withdrawal from northern Syria

American forces continued their withdrawal from northern Syria. Defense secretary Mark Esper says they’re headed for Iraq — not home, as President Trump promised. Left behind are America's ally:..
CBS News - Published

Turkish president meets Putin after threatening to "crush" Kurds in Syria

Turkey's president sat down with the Russian president to discuss Syria's future. A ceasefire in northern Syria is due to expire Tuesday. If the fighting resumes, Kurdish forces in the region who..
CBS News - Published

U.S. could leave 200 troops inside Syria with Kurds

U.S. troops that President Trump said were coming home from Syria are instead moving into Iraq. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the soldiers will continue fighting ISIS. He also said that some of..
CBS News - Published

Deal between Turkey and Russia puts offensive in Syria on hold

As the U.S. watched from the sidelines, Russia's Vladimir Putin emerged as the key power player in Syria, reaching an agreement for a new ceasefire with the president of Turkey. That will give Russia..
CBS News - Published

Thousands of Islamic State detainees in Syria a 'ticking time-bomb': State Dept official

Around 10,000 Islamic State detainees and their families in nearby camps in northeastern Syria present a big security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, even though the..
Reuters - Published

3 blasts hit Syrian town near border with Turkey, 6 killed

3 blasts hit syrian town near border with turkey, 6 killed
Three car bombs went off Monday in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, killing at least six people, while a priest was shot dead in a nearby area by extremists, state..
WorldNews - Published

Bomb attacks kill five, injure dozens in Syria's Qamishli: forces

Three bombs exploded in Qamishli in northeast Syria on Monday, killing five people and wounding 26 in the city, which is largely-controlled by Kurdish fighters, security forces said.
Reuters - Published

National security adviser says U.S. "concerned" about war crimes in Syria despite Erdogan visit to White House

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien says the idea that the United States greenlighted Turkey's offensive on Kurdish forces in Syria is "false."
CBS News - Published

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