Kurds

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.

Pro-Kurdish party to boycott Turkish parliament after arrests

Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on Sunday said it would boycott parliamentary meetings following the arrests of its lawmakers.

Kurds protesting in Germany call for resistance to Erdogan

Kurdish demonstrators gathered in Cologne Saturday to protest the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just one day after a group of pro-Kurdish politicians were arrested in Turkey...

West slams arrest of Turkish opposition leaders

Western countries on Friday condemned the arrest of nine parliamentarians from Turkey's main pro-Kurdish opposition party, as the government continues its crackdown on dissent.

Parliamentarians arrested as Turkey targets main pro-Kurdish party

Istanbul (dpa) - Eight members of parliament from the main pro-Kurdish opposition party were arrested pending trial in Turkey on Friday, following overnight raids by police, sparking a strong...

Ankara: Eight killed in car bombing after arrests of pro-Kurdish MPs

The Turkish government said at least eight people were killed in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir on Friday in a car-bomb attack that came hours after the arrests of pro-Kurdish legislators...