Kurds

Iraqi Kurdistan closes group helping Yezidi victims of Islamic State

An organization that has assisted members of the Yezidi religious minority victimized by the Islamic State extremist group said on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurdish security forces had closed its main...

Kurds enjoy their gains in Iraq, Syria, but eye Turkey nervously

The year 2016 brought a swirling tide of mixed fortune for the Kurds. They enabled the West to fight Islamic State forces in Syria, and grew stronger through their part in offensives in...

Turkish police detain more than 1,000 in raids on suspected militants

Turkish police detained more than 1,000 people in operations targeting alleged Kurdish militants and Islamic State activists in the past week, according to a statement from the Interior Minister...

Report: Turkish spy arrested in Germany involved in killing of Kurds

A man arrested in Hamburg on suspicion of espionage on behalf of the Turkish government may have been involved in the assassination of two Kurds, German tabloid Bild reported on Sunday.

Suspected Turkish spy arrested in Hamburg

The German Federal Prosecutor's Office has had a suspected agent arrested for spying on Kurds in Germany on behalf of the Turkish government.

Pro-Kurdish former mayor of Mardin arrested in Turkey

A Turkish court has arrested Ahmet Turk, the pro-Kurdish former mayor of Mardin, on terror charges.

Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish political leader

Turkey has issued arrest warrants for a number of Kurdish leaders, including Salih Muslim, head of the main Kurdish party in Syria, and top figures in the armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the...

Turkish government takes over four additional Kurdish municipalities

Turkey's central government took control over four additional Kurdish municipalities in the restive south-east of the country on Thursday, raising to 34 the number of local governments in the...

Turkey keeps pro-Kurdish party leader jailed, detains more officials

A Turkish court ruled Wednesday against releasing the co-leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, who was arrested this month, as more officials affiliated with the movement were placed...

At least 12 killed in blast in Syrian Kurdish enclave, monitor says

At least 12 people were killed on Sunday in a powerful explosion in a Kurdish area in northern Syria, a monitoring group reported.

HRW: Iraq Kurds demolish homes in areas retaken from Islamic State

Iraq’s Kurdish forces have unlawfully destroyed large numbers of Arab homes in areas once ruled by the Islamic State extremist militia, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday.

25,000 Alevis and Kurds demonstrate against Erdogan in Cologne

Some 25,000 followers of the Alevi branch of Islam and ethnic Kurds took to the streets of the western German city of Cologne on Saturday to protest the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

Report: Germany granting few Turks asylum amid crackdown

Turkish citizens fleeing the post-coup purge and crackdown on Kurds in their country this year have had slim chances receiving asylum in Germany, migration officials said on Saturday.

Monitor: Kurdish-led forces advance on Islamic State capital in Syria

Kurdish-led forces have made territorial gains in a campaign they launched last week to retake al-Raqqa, the Islamic State extremist militia's de facto capital in Syria, a monitoring group...

Iraqi Kurds "capture" Islamic State-held town of Bashiqa, near Mosul

Iraqi Kurdish troops Monday said they had captured the Islamic State-held town of Bashiqa near Mosul, two weeks after they surrounded it and cut off its jihadist defenders.