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Sad news out of Kirkuk as a series of explosions hit the city in multiple locations last night. A vehicle allegedly drove through a crowd, throwing bombs and grenades in a commercial district of Kirkuk. One death was reported and 11 people were injured, including women and children. No group has claimed responsibility for the […]

Twenty-four people were killed and hundreds injured when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey due to ground erosion after heavy rains. The train, with over 360 people on board, was travelling from the Edirne region on the Greek and Bulgarian borders to Istanbul’s Halkali station on Sunday when six carriages derailed […]

  Iraq and the Kurdistan Region face a serious water crisis as the governments of Turkey and Iran have been decreasing or cutting water supplies into the country’s rivers. The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources on Saturday said that the Turkish government had begun filling the newly-established Ileso Dam on the Tigris River. The move […]

 Prime Minister Theresa May in London in a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, introduced a new term to the already complex situation in the Middle East, raising concerns for many here. May’s choice of words was in contrast with both Turkey and its allies who have generally refrained from calling PKK’s […]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Ankara would carry out new military operations on its borders. Speaking to thousands of supporters in Istanbul ahead of the June snap elections, Erdogan said Turkish operations along its southern border would continue until the border is cleared from militants, stating Turkey would launch additional offensives like […]

At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several bodies in basements and said the deaths were likely to rise. There has been no independent verification of the reports and the Syrian […]

US officials say President Trump has been persuaded not to pull the military out of Syria immediately, despite his declaration last week that the US would “be coming out of Syria very soon”. Advisers reportedly convinced him that it could risk a resurgence by the Islamic State (IS) group. The White House said on Wednesday […]

Tensions rise a Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserted Turkey’s right to attack neighboring countries, at least Iraq and Syria, without prior approval or coordination to eliminate terrorist threats on its borders. Speaking of “terrorists” who “escaped to Afrin and Sinjar,” Erdogan warned Baghdad they would intervene if the Iraqi military failed to do so. […]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have traded barbs over deadly clashes on the Gaza border. Sixteen Palestinians were killed on Friday after Israeli soldiers opened fire on some violent demonstrators. President Erdogan accused Mr Netanyahu of being “a terrorist” on Sunday which came after Mr Netanyahu rejected Ankara’s “moral […]

A German national was detained by Turkish security forces in Sirnak, southeast Turkey while trying to enter Syria. Patrick Kraicker, 28, was detained in Silopi on March 14 while attempting to cross the Turkish border into Syrian territory controlled by the YPG. Police reportedly seized various documents, digital materials, and photos related to the PKK […]


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