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Intel: Turkey orders arrest of pro-Kurdish politicians over 2014 Kobani protests

Some 20 Kurdish politicians and activists were arrested today after prosecutors in Ankara issued warrants for 82 people accused of inciting public unrest and abetting terrorist acts and propaganda. The charges stemmed from deadly riots that erupted six years ago across the mainly Kurdish cities in the southeast when the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on the Turkish border was besieged...

Amberin Zaman | Turkish-Kurdish conflict | Sep 25, 2020
al-monitor Turkish riot police hold shields to push back protesters demonstrating against attacks launched by the Islamic State targeting the Syrian town of Kobani, on Dec. 1, 2014, in Istanbul. Demonstrators denounced Turkey's unwillingness to intervene militarily against the Islamic State. Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images.

Iran’s shadow looms large over southeastern Iraqi Kurdistan

The recent bust of a major fraud and smuggling network at one of Iraqi Kurdistan's border crossings has drawn attention to the power wielded by Iran in that area, both on the local economy and on local water supplies due to dams built in recent years.

Shelly Kittleson | Kurds | Sep 23, 2020
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High unemployment forces Iranian Kurds into smuggling, with deadly consequences

A new wave of deadly violence targeting Iranian Kurdish smugglers in the country's mountainous border region has renewed focus on decades-long state neglect of the minority group.

A correspondent in Tehran | Kurds | Sep 17, 2020
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Who is behind wave of killings of tribal sheikhs in east Syria?

Syria's eastern province of Deir ez-Zor sees escalating tensions between Arab tribes and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Sultan al-Kanj | Syria Conflict | Sep 10, 2020
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Iraqi Kurdistan president carries conciliatory message from Baghdad to Ankara

Iraqi Kurdistan President Nechirvan Barzani carried a conciliatory message from Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to Ankara.

Amberin Zaman | Kurds | Sep 8, 2020
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