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Bad News For U.S.-Turkish Cooperation: ISIS May Have Launched Attack From Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the U.S. and Turkey may finally reach an agreement on jointly combating the Islamic State. But in the meantime, Turkey appe...

'Kurdish Peace Process': Erdoğan's Gamble for Absolute Power?

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Yavuz Baydar

The core of mass fury had to with the question Turkey's Kurds ask constantly these days: Can we trust that President Erdoğan is sincere about the peace talks with the PKK or, are we all being jerked around, duped?

This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman Fighting ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

The militant group known as the Islamic State has a limited view of what women can do: At best, they can support their husbands and produce new genera...

Report: Turkish Jets Hit Kurdish Rebel Targets

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.14.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday, the first ...

Remove the PKK From the Terror List

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

President Barack Obama and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a daunting agenda when they met at the White House last week. The Syria crisis was top of the list. The peace process between Turkey and the PKK was also a priority.

Kurdish Rebels Start Historic Withdrawal From Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 07.08.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish rebels have started their gradual retreat from Turkey to bases in northern Iraq, a Kurdish party leader said Wednesday,...

Turkey's PKK Talks Signals Progress: Doors Open for a Pull-out of Rebels

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Yavuz Baydar

In the matter of a couple of days the AKP government has killed three birds with one stone.

Turkey Gears Up to Give Gulf States a Run for Their Money

James Dorsey | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The Gulf states dominate headlines, with Qatar's controversial hosting of a World Cup and the high profile acquisition of European soccer teams, but they may be meeting their match in an emerging competition for being the region's prime sports, transportation and economic hub.

A Ceasefire and an Apology

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Imam Abdullah Antepli

It seems idiotic and self-destructive for either Turkey or Israel to lose the other as an ally. These two countries can potentially do so much good for their citizens, as well as the Middle East.

Executions of Kurdish Women in Paris Burn Deep

Kani Xulam | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Kani Xulam

The three Kurdish women political activists who were murdered in Paris last week were promoting the enduring Kurdish cause of basic human rights and dignity in Turkey and elsewhere. For Kurds, the way forward lies in the path traveled by the likes of Dr. King, whose birthday is today.

Turkey, Kurds Clash Over PKK Executions

AP | NICOLAS GARRIGA | Posted 01.11.2013 | World

PARIS -- Turkey's prime minister suggested Friday that a feud among Kurdish rebels was behind the shooting deaths of three Kurdish activists in Paris,...

Blanks Fired Near Turkish PM's Office

AP | Posted 01.05.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish police detained a man who fired three blanks inside a building housing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office on ...

Like Father, Like Son: Possible External Links to Gaziantep Bombings in Context

Connor Ryan | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Connor Ryan

We will probably never know who committed the attack. However with the situation on the Turkish-Syrian border remaining in a sort of limbo it is very possible that we will come to see more attacks of the same nature.

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...

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 ...

Arrests In Turkey Raise Concerns Over Press Freedom

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 02.19.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police on Tuesday detained some 40 people, including several journalists, as part of a growing investigation into a group pros...

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...

Turkey's New Activism in the Former Ottoman Lands and Continuing PKK Attacks

Tulin Daloglu | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Tulin Daloglu

Turkey's fight against terrorism, or its attempts to bring a peaceful end to the Kurdish dilemma can not and should not be considered separate than the massive changes occurring at Turkey's borders.

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...

Reports: Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebel Bases In Iraq

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 10.17.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish jets launched air raids on suspected Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq on Wednesday, Turkish and Kurdish media repor...