An all-female Kurdish militia vowed to fight on after the death of a 26-year-old British woman during a major assault on a region in northern Syria where it has boosted women's rights.
Turkey and allied Syrian rebels have pressed on with Operation Olive Branch in the Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave despite mounting international concern and reports of rising civilian casualties.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's military incursion in northern Syria's Idlib province would crush Kurdish militia forces that control the neighbouring region of Afrin.
The Syrian Democratic Forces said the handover would not be immediate, with SDF fighters still combing the city of Raqqa.
A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive "at any cost".
Turkey, Iran and Iraq will jointly decide on closing the flow of oil from northern Iraq, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Thursday ...
Haider al-Abadi ordered the halt to flights serving airports in Iraqi Kurdistan in retaliation for the independence referendum held on Monday in defiance of Baghdad.
Qatar Airways will continue flying to Erbil in Kurdish northern Iraq as long as its airspace remains open, the carrier's chief executive said on Wednesday.
Turkey on Thursday welcomed an Iraqi parliament move to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence.