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Residents of NW Syria flee new government offensive

Syrian government forces pressed ahead Monday with a new military assault on the country’s last rebel stronghold that began last week. The offensive has triggered a mass exodus of civilians fleeing to safer areas near the Turkish border.

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run news agency reported Saturday.

Kurds pull out abruptly from disputed Iraqi areas

Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk – a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories.

Iraq’s ex-President Talabani buried in Kurdish region

Thousands of Iraqi Kurdish mourners, Iraqi officials and world dignitaries attended the funeral of Jalal Talabani, the country’s first president in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq and once a symbol of national unity.

Kurdish president says partnership with Iraq is over

Iraq’s central government in Baghdad ordered the country’s Kurdish region to hand over all border crossings and airports to federal government control late Sunday night, hours before the region is set to carry out a controversial referendum on support for independence.

Turkey blasts claimed by Kurdish militants; country mourns

Turkey declared a national day of mourning and paid tribute to the dead Sunday after two bombings in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium. The carnage was claimed by a Turkey-based Kurdish militant group.

Turkish jets strike Syrian Kurdish militia targets

Turkey’s state-run news agency says Turkish jets have struck 18 Syrian Kurdish militia targets north of the Syrian city of the embattled city of Aleppo, killing as many as 200.

Clashes subside in Syria between Turkish, Kurdish forces

Clashes between Turkey’s military and Kurdish-backed Syrian forces subsided Tuesday evening after days of fighting between the two had frustrated efforts by a U.S.-led coalition to drive the Islamic State group from northern Syria.

Officials: 7 killed in 2 PKK attacks in Turkey

Kurdish rebels on Wednesday carried out two simultaneous attacks on police vehicles in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey, wounding dozens of people, an official said.

IS suicide attack in mostly Kurdish Syria town kills 44

A suicide bomber riding an empty livestock truck laden with explosives blew himself up Wednesday in a crowded district in the predominantly Kurdish town of Qamishli in northern Syria, causing massive destruction and killing 44 people in a new attack claimed by the Islamic State group.