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What Was It All For?

Andrew Self | Posted 04.05.2013 | World
Andrew Self

Ankara's recently acknowledged talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan have spawned more questions than answers. Waves of speculation abound over the terms of the talks, the motives behind them, and their possibility for success.

Obama and the Kurdish Question: Drones Are Not the Answer

Kevin McKiernan | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Kevin McKiernan

A few weeks ago, a U.S. diplomat disclosed that the U.S. had secretly offered Turkey a bin Laden-style assassination of the top leadership of a Kurdish rebel group. But the rebels aren't al-Qaeda -- and assassination isn't the answer to the Kurdish question.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Regardless of the outcome to Syria's civil war, the United States will have no friends in Syria except the Kurds. U.S.-Kurdish rapprochement would serve as a counter-weight to political demagogy and Islamist extremism.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Kurds understand that democracy and individual rights are compatible with Islamic values. The U.S. must not take its friends for granted and should take steps to consolidate friendly relations with the Kurds. Iraqi Kurds are proven, reliable partners.

Turkey and Syria: The Kurdish Dilemma

James Dorsey | Posted 10.08.2012 | World
James Dorsey

Syrian Kurdish assertiveness raises the question whether Turkey can sustain its opposition to the aspirations of the Kurds on its borders, or whether it would be better served by embracing a proactive Kurdish policy.

Dozens Of Kurdish Rebels Killed In Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.05.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's security forces have killed as many as 115 Kurdish rebels during a major security offensive over the past two weeks, the co...

Military Helicopter Crashes In Turkey

AP | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish paramilitary helicopter crashed Sunday in a southeastern region where troops are fighting Kurdish rebels, killing fou...

Kurdish Rebels Launch Deadly Attacks Against Turkish Military

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 08.19.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish rebels attacked Turkish military units with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades Tuesday in southeastern Turkey, spark...

Deadly Car Bomb Targets Turkish Police Station

AP | Posted 07.24.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- A car bomb driven by a pair of suspected suicide attackers exploded outside a police station in central Turkey, killing one policema...

All Eyes on Ankara: Can Turkey Lead in Syria?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

For Turkey, leading on Syria and getting it right is critical. But Syria is a complicated challenge because of the interaction between domestic, regional, and international factors, which present Ankara with a nightmarish set of moving parts.

15 Female Rebel Fighters Killed

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 05.24.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish forces killed 15 female Kurdish rebel fighters in clashes in southeast Turkey, officials said Saturday, in what is believed ...

Motorcycle Bomb Wounds 15 Policemen

AP | By SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 05.01.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- A remote-controlled bomb mounted on a motorcycle exploded in Turkey's largest city Thursday, wounding 15 police officers and one civ...

Blast Targeting Police Car In Southern Turkey Kills 1, Wounds 27

AP | Posted 03.20.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — An explosion apparently targeting a police car killed one civilian and wounded 27 people, including seven police officers, in a...

Thousands Mourn Civilians Killed In Botched Air Raid

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 02.29.2012 | World

ISTANBUL — Turkish Kurds vented their rage Friday over a botched military airstrike aimed at Kurdish rebels that instead killed 35 civilians, wi...

Report: Turkey's Air Force Kills At Least 20 In Raids

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 02.27.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish warplanes mistakenly killed 35 smugglers and other villagers in an operation targeting Kurdish rebels in Iraq, a senior...

The Kurdish Conflict: The Real Challenge to Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.04.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

In the wake of the Arab Spring and Prime Minister Erdogan's championing of political reforms throughout the Arab world, it has now become more urgent than ever before to find an equitable solution to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict.

Turkish PM Apologizes For Thousands Of Kurdish Deaths

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 11.23.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's prime minister apologized Wednesday for the first time for the killings of nearly 14,000 people in a bombing and strafing c...

Female Suicide Bomber Kills 2, Wounds Dozen

AP | Posted 12.29.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — A female suicide bomber killed two people in Turkey's southeastern Kurdish region and wounded 12 others, authorities said. The...

US Withdrawal From Iraq: Good for America, or Good for Iran?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 12.23.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

The Iranians are motivated to tear Iraq up not only because of the Iraqi oil; in the Middle East, injury to honor is never forgotten and must be avenged.

Turkish Attack On Kurds Largest In 3 Years, Military Says

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 12.20.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — About 10,000 elite Turkish soldiers took part in a ground offensive against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey and across th...

Turkey Launches Incursion In Iraq

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.19.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish soldiers, air force bombers and helicopter gunships launched an incursion into northern Iraq on Wednesday, hours after ...

Turkey And Iran Undertake Joint Military Offensive Against Kurdish Rebels

Posted 11.26.2011 | World

By SELCAN HACAOGLU - Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister on Sunday signaled a joint military offensive with Iran agains...

Kurdish Militant Group Claims Car Bomb Attack Was 'A Start'

AP | Posted 11.22.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — A Kurdish militant group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack near a school in the Turkish capital that kil...

Turkish Military Claims Up To 160 Kurdish Rebels Killed In Airstrikes

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 10.29.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's military said Monday that its air strikes and artillery fire on suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq have ...

Turkey Will Continue Airstrikes Until Kurdish Rebel Group Is 'Rendered Ineffective'

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 10.18.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's air force attacked 60 suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, the military said Thursday, and it vowed to co...