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Iraq's Kurdistan laments caught in middle of Turkey-PKK fight| Reuters

Aug 01, 2015

Iraq's Kurdistan laments caught in middle of Turkey-PKK fight| Reuters

WASHINGTON Iraq's Kurdistan region is suffering the fallout as Turkey launches strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq, the region's top diplomat said on Friday, calling for both sides to return to a ceasefire. "We are caught in between (the) two sides," Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government's department of foreign relations, told a small group of reporters in Washington. Turkey has repeatedly attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq over the past week, in what it says is a response to a series of targeted killings of police officers and soldiers blamed on the Kurdish militant group #Syria #Technology #markets #United Kingdom #crisis #opinion
Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels| Reuters

Aug 01, 2015

Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels| Reuters

BEIRUT Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group. In a statement that appeared to contradict comments from the Pentagon, Nusra Front said the men it was holding had entered Syria several days prior and had been trained under the supervision of the Central Intelligence Agency. #United States #Syria #Middle East #markets #Turkey #Latin America
Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire| Reuters

Jul 30, 2015

Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire| Reuters

ISTANBUL Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said #United States #Syria #Middle East #Turkey #Latin America #crisis
U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area| Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian opposition fighters they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border, officials said on Tuesday, underscoring uncertainty surrounding the campaign plan. #Business #Syria #Technology #markets #Crime #crisis
NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds| Reuters

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force. Following a 90-minute meeting in Brussels, Turkey won the backing it sought for stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes. Ankara made no request to its 27 allies for military help and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted that it had the second-largest army in the alliance #Syria #Afghanistan #markets #Iraq #opinion
Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State| Reuters

NAJAF, Iraq The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria. #Business #Syria #Europe #Crime #crisis
Insight - Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

Insight - Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash| Reuters

OSH, Kyrgyzstan Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability. #United States #India #Syria #Islam #Afghanistan #crisis
US and Turkey to work together to drive Islamic State from Northern Syria

Jul 28, 2015

US and Turkey to work together to drive Islamic State from Northern Syria

The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State jihadists from northern Syria, senior US officials said on Monday, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to press ahead with parallel strikes against Kurdish militants. #World #US #Syria #France #NewsTracker #EU #Turkey #islamic-state
Top officials from anti-ISIS coalition to meet in Canada - sources| Reuters

Jul 28, 2015

Top officials from anti-ISIS coalition to meet in Canada - sources| Reuters

OTTAWA Senior officials from the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State forces will meet in Canada this week to discuss how to improve the effectiveness of the campaign, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said on Monday. #Syria #France #Italy #Turkey #Belgium #crisis #Kuwait
Turkey, U.S. aim for safe zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria| Reuters

Jul 28, 2015

Turkey, U.S. aim for safe zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria| Reuters

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member's security and providing a safe haven for civilians. Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement. Struggling with more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees, Turkey has long campaigned for a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria to keep Islamic State and Kurdish militants from its border and help stem the tide of displaced civilians trying to cross. #Business #United States #Syria #Middle East #Latin America #crisis #opinion