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Turkey ramps up Syria incursion as civilians flee airstrikes

Turkey ramps up Syria incursion as civilians flee airstrikes

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.

Erdogan says Turkey will crush Kurdish militia in Afrin

Erdogan says Turkey will crush Kurdish militia in Afrin

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.

US-backed Syria force hails 'historic victory' in Raqqa

US-backed Syria force hails 'historic victory' in Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces said the handover would not be immediate, with SDF fighters still combing the city of Raqqa.

Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

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 decide on closing northern Iraq oil taps: Erdogan

Turkey, Iran and Iraq will decide on closing northern Iraq oil taps: Erdogan

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 ...

All foreign flights to Iraqi Kurd capital to stop on Friday

All foreign flights to Iraqi Kurd capital to stop on Friday

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 to fly to Erbil 'as long as airspace open'

Qatar Airways to fly to Erbil 'as long as airspace open'

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.

Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to stage referendum

Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to stage referendum

The vote, expected to deliver a comfortable "yes" for independence, is not binding. However, it is designed to give Massoud Barzani a mandate to negotiate the secession.

Iraqi Kurdish leader says referendum to go ahead

Iraqi Kurdish leader says referendum to go ahead

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani again stressed on Friday that next week's referendum on independence for the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq will proceed as planned.

Iraqi Kurdish referendum 'historic mistake': Turkey

Iraqi Kurdish referendum 'historic mistake': Turkey

Turkey on Thursday welcomed an Iraqi parliament move to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence.

Iraq holds 1,300 IS women, children

Iraq holds 1,300 IS women, children

Iraq has in its custody more than 1,300 women and children from Islamic State group families who surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga forces, an official said Monday.

Turkey says Diyarbakir blast caused by bomb in tunnel

Turkey says Diyarbakir blast caused by bomb in tunnel

An explosion at a police compound in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir that killed three people on Tuesday was caused by a bomb planted by attackers in a tunnel under the complex, officials said.