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President Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia

President Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militiaThe warning drew a sharp rebuke from Ankara on Monday and revived fears of another downturn in ties between the NATO allies.



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Erdogan vows to clear Syria of Kurd militia, IS

Erdogan vows to clear Syria of Kurd militia, ISTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday vowed to drive out a US-backed Kurdish militia and jihadists from Syria as Kurdish forces there warned that any attack by Ankara could seriously undermine the fight against the Islamic State. Erdogan’s promise followed the shock decision by US President Donald Trump to pull out 2,000 American ground forces from Syria on the grounds that IS had been “beaten”.



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Turkey says to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within days

Turkey says to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within daysTurkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. “We will start an operation to free the east of the Euphrates from the separatist terrorist organisation in the next few days,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, referring to territory held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).



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Barzani makes comeback on both Kurd, Iraq fronts

Barzani makes comeback on both Kurd, Iraq frontsA year after a disastrous independence vote he had championed in Iraqi Kurdistan, veteran leader Massud Barzani has made a strong comeback both on the home front and in Baghdad. While Iraq’s presidency, a ceremonial post, has gone to Barham Saleh of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was on Sunday declared the clear winner of the September 30 parliamentary elections in the autonomous region of northern Iraq.



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Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkish warrant: parties

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkish warrant: partiesOne of the most prominent leaders of Syria’s Kurdish community has been arrested in Prague on a Turkish warrant, Kurdish political parties said Sunday. Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested late on Saturday in the Czech capital, according to a statement by a coalition of political parties that includes the PYD. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that Saleh was detained based on an Interpol red notice issued by Turkish authorities.



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Iraq Kurd leader delays independence vote announcement

Iraq Kurd leader delays independence vote announcementIraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Saturday delayed a scheduled news conference on a controversial independence referendum he has called for next week as international pressure mounts for a postponement. There has been uncertainty about whether the vote will go ahead on Monday as Iraq’s key allies the United States and Iran, as well as powerful neighbour Turkey, have stepped up their opposition. “The news conference will take place on Sunday and the time and venue will be announced later,” Barzani’s office said without elaborating.



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Militants trapped in Raqqa center but Syrian Kurd commander sees long battle

Militants trapped in Raqqa center but Syrian Kurd commander sees long battleBy John Davison RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed forces now have Islamic State fighters surrounded in central Raqqa, a Syrian Kurdish commander said, but he predicted that driving the militants out could take up to four months. “We’ve cleared about half of Old Raqqa … and we’re advancing on all axes,” said Haval Gabar, the 25-year-old commander from the Kurdish YPG militia who is directing the assault on the Old City front in Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold. Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by the YPG, fully linked up in Raqqa’s southern districts on Tuesday, encircling the militants in the city center which includes the Old City, “The day before yesterday there was still a small gap,” Gabar said on Wednesday.



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UN accuses Turkey of 'serious' abuses in Kurd majority region

UN accuses Turkey of 'serious' abuses in Kurd majority regionThe UN on Friday accused Turkish security forces of serious human rights violations during operations against Kurdish militants in the southeast since July 2015 when a regional ceasefire collapsed. “Government security operations” have impacted more than 30 towns and displaced between 335,000 to half a million mostly Kurdish people, the report further said. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984, although violence was contained during the truce agreed in 2013.



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