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Iraq takes control of main border crossing with Turkey – official

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Iraq has taken control of the main land crossing with Turkey, in the Kurdish area of Fish-Khabur, Reuters quoted a customs official as saying Tuesday. The crossing was previously managed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Keep Reading

US worked with Saudi regime, Qatar, Turkey to support terrorists in Syria: Ex-Qatar PM

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Hamad bin Jassim admitted in an interview on October 26 with Qatari national broadcaster that his country, a tiny state to the south of the Persian Gulf, was part of a group of four countries that delivered weapons and funds to the terrorists in Syria. Keep Reading

Why US-backed Kurdish militias raised poster of Turkish secessionist leader in Syria’s Raqqa?

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A group of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters raised a huge poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the political and spiritual leader of the terrorist group Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who has been in Turkish prison since 1999 on conviction of treason in the small Turkish island of Imrali. Turkey has designated PKK a terrorist group and banned its activities across the country and announced a state of war against the militant group. Keep Reading

US-backed militias retook Raqqa after reducing it to rubble, killing 2000 civilians, letting ISIS flee

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Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has now been declared “liberated” by both the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and their backers, the US. Last weekend several hundred IS fighters struck a deal with the SDF to take their family members and leave to IS-controlled parts of Deir ez-Zor governorate. Some foreign fighters reportedly stayed behind, refusing to surrender. Keep Reading

Kurdish parties and movements strongly oppose Barzani’s policies

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Several Kurdish movements have released a statement severely criticizing Masoud Barzani’s policies.  In response to the developments in Kirkuk, they considered them to be the result of the mistake that is the Kurdistan referendum. Keep Reading

Turkey’s EU bid between European rejection, approval

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The will was an open demand in 1987, the year Ankara said it wanted to be a member of the European Union. An official bid for accession was made by Turkey to join the bloc in 1999; however, talks to discuss the membership were launched in 2005. Turkey was given a 10-year deadline to reform its political, social, and economic structure, an arrangement required to meet the European values and standards. Keep Reading

With EU accession not in sight, frustrated Turkey seeks regional relations

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The country since 2009 has been an official candidate for membership according to the accession process. It signed on the Customs Union Agreement as well as Free Trade Agreements with the union two years before making the formal bid. Both of the agreements stand as platform based on which the two sides’ trading takes place. Keep Reading

Turkish warplanes attack the Iraqi border

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One of the eyewitnesses called Sarbst Taher told Alsumaria News that Turkish warplanes carried out an air strike on Naheel area in al-Amadiyah District, north of Duhok Province, while added that the aerial attack lasted for an hour.

Furthermore, Taher explained that the attack burned several forests and gardens in the area, and also caused panic among local residents.

It is noteworthy that Turkish troops have resumed air strikes on the strongholds of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in June 2015, after announcing the withdrawal of its militants from the Turkish territories in 2013.

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