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Kurds: Indo-European ethnic
Kurds are an Iranian ethnic group native to Western Asia. Geographically, this mostly mountainous area, known as Kurdistan includes 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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Three Turkish soldiers killed in clash with Kurdish militants

Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey near the borders with Syria and Iraq, the local governor's office said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Canada says it will not help 'Jihadi Jack' come to the country

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Tuesday the government would not help Jack Letts - dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by the media - come to Canada from the Kurdish prison where he is being..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Kurds

Turkish police use water cannon to disperse protesters [Video]Turkish police use water cannon to disperse protesters

Turkish police used water cannon to disperse protesters demonstrating against the dismissal of central Diyarbakir's Kurdish mayor on Monday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria [Video]Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria

Turkey plans to carry out a military operation in a Kurdish-controlled area east of the Euphrates in northern Syria to dislodge Kurdish militia fighters close to its border. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published

Turkey plans new military operation in northern Syria [Video]Turkey plans new military operation in northern Syria

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will launch a military operation in a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Syria.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:30Published

UK ISIL Hearing: legal challenge over info sharing [Video]UK ISIL Hearing: legal challenge over info sharing

Hearings have begun in the case of Elshafee Elsheikh, who is being held in a Kurdish camp in Syria but could face trial in the US.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:40Published

Amid US sanctions, Iranian Kurds seek jobs in Iraq [Video]Amid US sanctions, Iranian Kurds seek jobs in Iraq

Without work permits, they enter Kurdish Iraq on one-month tourist visas, work every day so they can return home and repeat the process.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:09Published

PKK suspected in killing of Turkish diplomat [Video]PKK suspected in killing of Turkish diplomat

The Kurdish armed group has denied any involvement.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:09Published

Turkish diplomat among three shot dead in Iraq [Video]Turkish diplomat among three shot dead in Iraq

At least three people, including a Turkish diplomat were killed in a shooting on Wednesday in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil, Kurdish security officials and Turkey's foreign ministry said. Rough cut..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:43Published

Arabs in Syria's Deir Az Zor protest against Kurdish forces [Video]Arabs in Syria's Deir Az Zor protest against Kurdish forces

Why people in Syria's Deir Az Zor are frustrated with Kurdish forces controlling the area.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

 

Turkish police use water cannon, batons on Kurdish protesters

Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters demonstrating in southeast Turkey on Tuesday against the ousting of three Kurdish mayors five months after they were elected.
Reuters - Published

Islamist fighter stripped of UK citizenship hopes Canada will take him

A Muslim convert who was stripped of his British citizenship after traveling to Syria to fight with Islamic State said on Monday he hoped Canada, where he is a citizen, would take him from the Kurdish..
Reuters - Published

Turkey ousts three Kurdish mayors for suspected militant links, launches security operation

Turkey on Monday replaced Kurdish mayors with state officials in three cities and detained more than 400 people for suspected militant links, the Interior Ministry said, a move likely to fuel tensions..
Reuters - Published

Turkey removes three top Kurdish mayors in new crackdown

Three elected officials are removed from office in raids over alleged links to Kurdish militants.
BBC News - Published

Turkey replaces three pro-Kurdish party mayors for suspected militant links

Turkey replaced pro-Kurdish party mayors with state officials in three southeastern cities and detained more than 400 people for suspected militant links on Monday, the Interior Ministry said, in a..
Reuters - Published

Car bomb hits security force in northeastern Syria, at least one killed

A car bomb killed one member of a security force and wounded two others in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday, the security force said.
Reuters - Published

Children of British Isis members will not be allowed to return to UK, government rules

'If these children are not returned to their country, rehabilitated and reintegrated into their communities, they will all become future terrorists,' warn the Kurdish authorities
Independent - Published

Jailed PKK leader says he is ready for solution with Turkish state: statement

Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan said he is ready for a solution on the Kurdish issue and that he could stop the conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants within a week,..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurdish official warns of 'big war' if U.S.-Turkish talks fail

A Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria would spark a "big war" if U.S. efforts fail to block Ankara's plans, a top Kurdish official told Reuters on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Car bomb kills three children in Syria's northeast: police

A car bomb killed three children near a village post office on Wednesday in northeast Syria, controlled by Kurdish forces who warn they face jihadist sleeper cells, local police said.
Reuters - Published

Turkey will pay higher price later if does not act in Syria: Erdogan

Turkey will pay a higher price later if it does not do what is necessary in northern Syria today, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday after vowing at the weekend to carry out a military operation..
Reuters - Published

Syrian rebels say ready to back Turkish-led operation in northeast

Syrian rebel commanders said on Monday they are ready to join Turkish troops in an offensive to seize back largely Arab-populated towns and villages in northeast Syria held by Kurdish-led-forces.
Reuters - Published

Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria: Erdogan

Turkey will carry out a military operation in a Kurdish-controlled area east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, its third offensive to dislodge Kurdish..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says has not agreed with U.S. on Syria safe zone

New U.S. proposals for a safe zone in north Syria do not satisfy Turkey and the two countries have not agreed on removal of Kurdish militants from the zone, how deep it should be and who would control..
Reuters - Published

Iraqi Kurdish energy minister Hawrami moved to advisory role in new cabinet

Long-serving Iraqi Kurdish natural resources minister, Ashti Hawrami, will take up an advisory role of Assistant Prime Minister for Energy Affairs in Prime Minister Masrour Barazani's newly-formed..
Reuters - Published

Turkey journalists and activist acquitted of terrorism charges

The defendants, who worked for a Kurdish paper, had been charged with making terrorist propaganda.
BBC News - Published

Iran strikes opposition positions on border with Iraqi Kurdistan: Tasnim

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards used drones and missiles to strike headquarters of a Kurdish militant group near Iran's border with neighbouring Iraq's Kurdistan region, the Iranian semi-official..
Reuters - Published

Blast kills 11, wounds many in Syria's rebel-held Afrin

A car bomb killed 11 people and wounded many others on Thursday in the Syrian city of Afrin, which Turkey-backed rebels captured from Kurdish fighters last year, medical sources and a monitor said.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: New Kurdish PM says priority is stronger Baghdad ties, rather than independence

Two years after a failed independence bid plunged Iraq's Kurdistan Region into months of instability, the new regional prime minister said his priority was strengthening ties with Baghdad, signaling..
Reuters - Published

Pro-Kurd party clashes with Erdogan ahead of high-stakes Istanbul vote

Pro-Kurdish political leaders accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday of trying to sow discord among Kurds ahead of a re-run of an Istanbul election on Sunday that is seen as a crucial test..
Reuters - Published

Jailed militant leader tells Kurdish party to be neutral in Istanbul vote

Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to remain neutral in this weekend's Istanbul re-run election in a statement released on Friday..
Reuters - Published

Turkey’s Erdogan's struggles to court Kurds in battle for Istanbul

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party is struggling to win over Istanbul’s Kurdish voters, a group it considers a key constituency in the electoral battle for control of Istanbul, despite..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says killed 10 Kurdish militants in Syria's Tel Rifaat region

Turkey killed 10 Kurdish militants in Syria's Tel Rifaat region on Sunday in retaliation for an attack that killed a Turkish soldier, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

French, Dutch Islamic State orphans repatriated from Syria

Twelve French and two Dutch orphans of Islamic State fighters were repatriated to France from Syria on Monday, a French diplomatic source said, confirming a statement made by the Kurdish-led..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says it has 'neutralized' 43 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Saturday a total of 43 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had been "neutralized" so far as part of an operation Ankara launched in northern Iraq 13..
Reuters - Published

Two American women, six children repatriated to U.S. from Syria: Kurdish-led authority

Two U.S. women with Islamic State ties and six children were repatriated from northeast Syria, Kurdish-led authorities told Reuters on Wednesday, saying their return came at the request of the U.S...
Reuters - Published

Turkey says warplanes strike targets in Iraq, 19 militants 'neutralized'

Turkish warplanes and attack helicopters struck targets in the mountains of northern Iraq, Turkey's defense ministry said on Thursday, adding that the military had "neutralized" 19 Kurdish militants as..
Reuters - Published

Turkish military strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq

Turkey's military dropped commandos on mountain ridges in a new operation against Kurdish militants based over the border in northern Iraq, the defense ministry said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Kurdish MPs, prisoners end hunger strike in Turkey

Several Kurdish lawmakers and thousands of prison inmates in Turkey have ended their hunger strike, heeding a call from jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan, MPs said on Sunday, 200 days after the..
Reuters - Published

Jailed Kurdish militant leader calls for end to hunger strike

Jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called for Kurdish lawmakers and thousands of prisoners to end their hunger strike in a statement read by one of his lawyers on Sunday, 200 days after one MP..
Reuters - Published

Jailed PKK leader visit ban lifted, Turkish minister says

Turkey has lifted a ban on lawyers visiting jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said on Thursday, two weeks after the first such visit was allowed since..
Reuters - Published

France reopens inquiry into 2013 murder of Kurdish militants

French prosecutors have reopened an investigation into the 2013 murder of three Kurdish militants, a judicial source and lawyer for the families of the dead activists said on Thursday, a case which..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed forces crack down on Islamic State fighters in Syria's Deir al Zor

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against "terrorists" linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that..
Reuters - Published

Anti-Kurdish protests grow in Syria's Deir al-Zor: residents, locals

Arab inhabitants of Syria's Deir al-Zor began a third week of protests against Kurdish rule, the largest wave of unrest to sweep the oil-rich region since the U.S.-backed forces took over the territory..
Reuters - Published

Jailed Kurdish militant exhorts SDF to avoid conflict in Syria

Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan issued a rare statement on Monday calling on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to resolve problems in Syria without conflict.
Reuters - Published

No turning back: Syrian Kurds reshape region with books and schools

When Eyub Mohamad was a boy, security forces beat his father into paralysis. His offence was typing leaflets in Kurdish, banned under Syria's ruling Baath party.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: From Kobani to Kirkuk: the Kurdish struggle for rights and land

A century after their hopes of statehood were thwarted, Kurds in the Middle East are still hampered by regional hostility.
Reuters - Published

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels launch attack into Kurdish-held area

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels launched an offensive into territory held by the Kurdish YPG militia north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, seizing some territory before heavy shelling forced them..
Reuters - Published

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