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Kurds: Iranian ethnic group
Kurds are an ethnic group native to a mountainous region of Western Asia known as Kurdistan, which spans 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 between 30 and 45 million.


Germany's minorities call for action after shisha bar shootings

German Kurds called on Thursday for stronger government action against far-right radicalism and racism as they mourned the victims of a gun attack on two shisha lounges.
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Some victims of German shooting have Kurdish roots: Bild

Some of the victims of a suspected far-right shooting rampage in the German town of Hanau were of Kurdish descent, Bild daily reported on Thursday, without citing its sources.
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BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk field: sources [Video]BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk field: sources

EXCLUSIVE: BP has pulled out of Iraq's giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field's expansion, sources have told Reuters. David Pollard..

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Turkish court acquits novelist accused of Kurdish militant ties

An Istanbul court acquitted novelist Asli Erdogan on Friday of charges of terrorist group membership, in one of a series cases which have fueled concern among European Union states and rights groups..
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Exclusive: U.S. halts secretive drone program with Turkey over Syria incursion

The United States has halted a secretive military intelligence cooperation program with Turkey that for years helped Ankara target Kurdish PKK militants, four U.S. officials told Reuters.
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Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria plan local tribunal for IS fighters

The Kurdish-led administration that runs much of northeastern Syria is planning to organize a local tribunal to try IS fighters held captive in the region, a representative of its foreign relations..
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Turkey cannot go back on NATO Poland-Baltics plan: Polish official

A senior Polish official said Monday there could be no backtracking from a NATO decision to pursue a defense plan for Poland and the Baltics after Ankara suggested it might still block it until allies..
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Erdogan says allies must support Turkey after it approved NATO plan: NTV

NATO allies should support Turkey in its conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters after Ankara dropped its objections to the alliance's defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, President Tayyip Erdogan..
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Turkey threatens to block NATO plan on summit eve

Turkey will oppose a NATO plan to defend Baltic countries unless the alliance backs it in recognizing a Kurdish militia as a terrorist group, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of an..
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Jailed Kurdish leader taken to Turkish hospital days after falling ill: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party was taken to hospital on Monday, his party said, after he lost consciousness last week following chest pains.
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Jailed pro-Kurdish leader unwell but not taken to hospital: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party lost consciousness after experiencing chest pains last week but he still has not been taken to a hospital despite such requests, one of his..
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Erdogan says Qatar backs Turkey's plans to settle Syrian refugees: NTV

Qatar could support Turkey's plans to settle more than a million Syrian refugees in northeast Syria after its offensive against Kurdish militia in the region, broadcaster NTV quoted President Tayyip..
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On Iraq visit, Pence reassures Kurds and discusses protests with prime minister

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington..
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Turkey's pro-Kurdish party calls for early elections, won't leave parliament

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party called on Wednesday for an early election but ruled out withdrawing from parliament to protest the government's dismissal of dozens of its mayors who were elected..
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Turkey's pro-Kurdish party mulls pulling MPs from parliament

A pro-Kurdish opposition party is considering withdrawing lawmakers from Turkey's parliament due to mounting pressure it is facing, and as an act of protest against the government's decision to oust 24..
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Turkey says Kurdish militia attack kills 10 people in Syrian town of Al-Bab

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a car bomb attack by Syrian Kurdish fighters killed 10 people and wounded more than 15 in the northern Syrian border town of Al-Bab, which Turkish..
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Turkey replaces four more Kurdish mayors over alleged terror links

Turkey removed four more mayors from their posts on Saturday as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and replaced them with state appointees.
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U.S. has no intention of ending alliance with Syrian Kurdish fighters: official

The United States has no intention to end its alliance with Syrian Kurdish SDF militia, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, effectively pushing back on Ankara's demand that Washington..
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Thousands of Islamic State detainees in Syria a 'ticking time-bomb': State Dept official

Around 10,000 Islamic State detainees and their families in nearby camps in northeastern Syria present a big security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, even though the..
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Bomb attacks kill five, injure dozens in Syria's Qamishli: forces

Three bombs exploded in Qamishli in northeast Syria on Monday, killing five people and wounding 26 in the city, which is largely-controlled by Kurdish fighters, security forces said.
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Erdogan says Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until..
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Kurds tell EU: Get tough with Turkey or face Islamic State fighters

The European Union could face a wave of returning battle-hardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey, including breaking off any accession or trade talks, a..
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Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Russia on Thursday of failing to fulfill their part of a deal for Kurdish militia to leave a Syrian region bordering Turkey, and said he..
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Israel aiding Syria's Kurds, advocating for them with U.S.: official

Israel is assisting Syrian Kurds battered by a month-old Turkish incursion, seeing them as a counterweight to Iranian influence and advocating for them in talks with the United States, the deputy..
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Crowd pelts with stones Turkish-Russian patrol in Syria: local media

Turkish and Russian troops on Tuesday began their second joint patrol in northern Syria near Kobani, under a deal that has forced a Kurdish militia away from Turkey's border, while local media released..
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Turkey, Russia hold second joint north Syria patrol, near Kobani

Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles on Tuesday began their second joint ground patrol in northern Syria near the town of Kobani, under a deal that has forced a Kurdish militia away from..
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Erdogan says Kurdish fighters have not left Syria 'safe zone' despite U.S, Russia deals

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from a planned "safe zone" in northeast Syria despite Turkey's agreements with the United States..
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Turkey blames Kurdish militia after deadly bombing in Syrian town

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had..
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Trump says ceasefire in northeastern Syria holding well

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the ceasefire in northeastern Syria where Turkey has sent in troops to clear the area of Syrian Kurdish militia forces has held very nicely.
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Turkey, Russia hold first joint patrol in northeast Syria

Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday under a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away from..
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Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government's ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop..
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Turkey says reconnaissance flights have begun along Syrian border

Turkey's defense ministry said on Tuesday that reconnaissance flights and mine clearing operations had begun some 10 km into Syria, where planned patrols with Russian troops are set to take place after..
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Turkey says it will eliminate remaining Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria

Turkey will eliminate any Syrian Kurdish YPG militia fighters that remain in a planned "safe zone" in northeastern Syria after the expiration of a 150-hour deadline agreed upon by Ankara and Moscow,..
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Russia tells Turkey Kurdish fighters have left NE Syrian border area: Erdogan

Russia has informed Turkey that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have withdrawn from a strip of land near the Syrian-Turkish border within a deadline set by Ankara and Moscow, President Tayyip Erdogan said..
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Erdogan: Russia has told Turkey that Kurdish fighters have withdrawn from north Syria

Russian officials have conveyed to Turkish authorities that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from a strip of land on the Syrian-Turkish border within a 150-hour deadline set by Ankara and..
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Turkey will find out via joint patrols with Russia whether Kurdish forces withdrew: Erdogan aide

Turkey will establish through its joint patrols with Russia in northeast Syria whether the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from the region, a top aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
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Russia says Kurdish withdrawal in northeast Syria complete: TASS

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that armed Kurdish forces had withdrawn from a safe zone near the northeastern Syrian border with Turkey faster than scheduled, the TASS news..
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Syrian Kurdish forces say leaving Turkish border area, Damascus welcomes move

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had agreed to withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should..
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Syrian government welcomes SDF withdrawal from border: SANA

The Syrian government welcomed the withdrawal of Kurdish-led forces in the north 30 km from the border, state news agency SANA said, citing an official foreign ministry source.
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Turkey will clear Syria border area of Kurdish fighters if Russia fails to act: Erdogan

Turkey will clear northeast Syria of Kurdish YPG militia if Russia does not fulfill its obligations under an accord that helped end a Turkish offensive in the region, President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
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Turkey says U.S. must extradite Syrian Kurdish commander

U.S. authorities must extradite the commander of the Kurdish-led SDF to Turkey when he enters the United States, Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said Friday after Ankara slammed Washington for..
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Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of violations, Russia says peace plan on track

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused Turkey on Thursday of launching a large land offensive targeting three villages in northeast Syria despite a truce, but Russia said a peace plan..
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Syrian Kurds from SDF withdraw to 32 km from Turkish border: RIA

Kurds from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn to 32 km (20 miles) away from the border with Turkey, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing an SDF official.
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SDF says Turkey breaches ceasefire, urges US intervention

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies had launched a large land offensive targeting three villages on Thursday despite a truce and urged the United..
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Top Erdogan aide raps U.S. treatment of Syrian Democratic Forces' commander

Turkey criticized the United States on Thursday for treating the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a "legitimate political figure", underlining continued tensions with..
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Russia says Syrian Kurd forces pulling back from Turkish border

Kurdish forces have begun withdrawing from areas near the Turkish frontier in Syria, Russia's deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Thursday, following a deal between Moscow and Ankara that..
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Russia says Kurds have begun withdrawing forces near Syria-Turkey border: Ifax

Kurdish forces have begun withdrawing from areas near the Turkish border in Syria, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin as saying on Thursday.
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U.S. senators want quick visa for Kurdish general, amid Syria crisis

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked the State Department on Wednesday to quickly provide a visa so that the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces could visit the United states..
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Russian police deploy in Syria's Kobani, Trump calls ceasefire 'permanent'

Russian military police started deploying on Syria's northeast border on Wednesday under a deal with Turkey to drive Kurdish fighters from the region, and U.S. President Donald Trump said Turkey's..
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