Syrian Kurds

Turkish strikes against Syrian Kurds leaves dozens of casualties

Turkey launched 18 airstrikes against Syrian Kurds in northern Syria Thursday, the state-run Anadolu news agency and Kurdish sources reported. However, there were conflicting numbers regarding casualties and the targets.

Turkey will not cooperate with Kurds to take Raqqa from Islamic State

Turkey will not cooperate with the main Kurdish militia in Syria to attack the Islamic State's de-facto capital, al-Raqqa, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said Thursday.

Rights group: Turkey killed 24 civilians in strike on Kurds in Syria

A Turkish strike on Kurdish positions in Syria killed 24 civilians, including six children, last month, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, warning that ordinary citizens were bearing the brunt of the conflict.

Fifteen Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish militants

Eight Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdish militants in the east of the country, local officials said Saturday.

Casualties reported in Turkish shooting at Syrian Kurd protesters

A Kurdish child was killed and dozens of people were injured on Friday when Turkish troops fired at Kurdish protesters in the Syrian city of Kobane near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group and Kurdish officials said.

Syrian Kurds seek humanitarian and political support from EU

Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim called Thursday on the European Union for humanitarian and political support, after he said a ground offensive by Turkey into northern Syria was cutting off their supplies.

Turkey threatens further action against Syrian Kurds despite calm

Turkey on Wednesday denied reaching a ceasefire with Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria and threatened further action against them, although the Kurds said both sides were continuing to abide by a truce.

Turkish minister denies ceasefire with Kurdish forces

Turkey rejected claims Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached between the country and Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Kurdish-linked Syrian forces say ceasefire is in place with Turkey

Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria said Tuesday that a ceasefire had been reached with Turkey, after clashes that saw the main US ground ally against the Islamic State group pushed back by Syrian rebels backed by Turkish armour and airstrikes.

Turkish army continues to pound northern Syria amid strong US rebuke

Turkish forces continued to pound 21 targets in northern Syria, the private Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday, amid a sharp rebuke from the United States over Ankara's actions against Kurdish fighters and a prodding to refocus on Islamic State.

Turkey hammers Kurds in Syria, prompting rebel gains

Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish army took control of 11 villages from Kurdish-led forces in the north of the country in the past two days, while capturing only two new villages from Islamic State extremists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday.

35 civilians killed as Turkey, Syrian rebels press on against Kurds

Syrian rebels backed by Turkish tanks and jets pushed deeper into territory held by Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Sunday, leaving some 35 civilians dead in two separate attacks, a monitoring group said.

Syrian Kurds: An oppressed minority trying to carve out a homeland

The civil war in Syria has seen the Kurds, the country's long-oppressed minority, emerging as a powerful force, led by a leftist political party and its armed wing which have managed to get the support of the United States for the past two years.

US: Syrian Kurdish forces moved east over Euphrates

The spokesman for the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition says the Syrian Democratic Forces, a group comprising several factions but dominated by the Syrian Kurds, have moved back across the Euphrates River, to the east.

Turkey-backed rebels and US-supported Syrian Kurds clash in Syria

Syrian rebels supported by Turkey and US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces clashed Thursday in the north of the country, activists and Kurdish officials said, raising fears of a new confrontation over territory amid a Turkish led intervention.

Biden says Syrian Kurds must retreat over Euphrates River

US Vice President Joe Biden says the Syrian Kurdish forces his country backs must go back across the Euphrates River to the east bank.

Kurds say Turkish artillery hits their positions in northern Syria

Turkey has shelled positions of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Democratic Forces of Syria, in northern Syria, a senior official says.

Syrian Kurds: Turkish offensive on Jarablus is "declaration of war"

Syrian Kurds condemn the Turkish incursion into Islamic State-held Jarablus, calling it a "declaration of war." 

Syrian Kurds, government forces reach ceasefire in north

Syrian Kurdish forces and militias loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday reached a ceasefire deal after more than a week of heavy clashes in al-Hassakeh that claimed dozens of lives.

Turkish-Syrian cross-border violence intensifies ahead of Biden visit

Multiple cross-border attacks - by Turkey, Islamic State forces and others - along the line dividing Syria from Turkey were reported Tuesday, just a day ahead of a planned visit to Ankara by US Vice President Joe Biden.

Turkish prosecutor seeks 15 years for co-leader of pro-Kurdish party

A Turkish prosecutor is seeking 15 years in prison for the co-leader of the main pro-Kurdish party for her remarks in support of US-backed Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State, a party official confirmed Friday.
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