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September 03, 2015
Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: officials
Washington (AFP) Aug 29, 2015
Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists said Friday. But the extremists still control broad swathes of land in the war-torn country, where the IS group has waged a terrifying offensive of forced religious conversions and beheadings. Bolstered by coalition airstrikes, the Peshmerga fighters wrestled back more than 200 square kilometers (80 square miles) near the tow ... read more

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Pakistan army chief approves increase in military courts
Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday approved an increase in the number of military courts to handle pending terrorism cases in the southern city of Karachi, the military said. ... more
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UN condemns first executions in Kurdish region in 7 years
The UN on Tuesday condemned the execution by the government of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of three people convicted of murder and kidnapping, in the first use of the death penalty in the region in seven years. ... more
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Turkish soldier slams government at slain brother's funeral
A Turkish soldier whose brother was killed in an attack by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants launched a stinging attack Sunday on the government's "anti-terror" campaign at his funeral. ... more
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Air strikes kill 43 militants in NW Pakistan: military
Pakistan air strikes killed 43 suspected militants near the Afghan border on Thursday, the military said, part of a major ongoing operation against Taliban and other insurgents. ... more
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Pakistan air strikes kill 18 more militants in tribal area: military
Air strikes have killed 18 militants in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border in the latest phase of a major operation against the Taliban and other insurgents, the military said. ... more
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Pakistan air strikes kill 50 militants in tribal area: military
At least 50 militants were killed and their ammunition dump destroyed Monday in air strikes on hideouts in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, the military said. ... more
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PKK leader warns of 'heavy price' amid new Turkey violence
A senior figure in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday warned that Turkey would pay "a heavy price" for its offensive against the rebels amid new deadly clashes in the Kurdish-majority southeast. ... more
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India summons Pakistan envoy over civilian deaths in Kashmir
India summoned Pakistan's envoy in New Delhi Sunday to protest against civilian deaths in recent troop firings along their disputed border, hiking tensions ahead of talks between the nuclear-armed rivals. ... more
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Germany says Iraqi Kurdish forces report chemical attack
Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defence ministry said Thursday. ... more
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Erdogan vows no let-up in fight against Kurdish rebels
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to fight on against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, in the face of mounting attacks on security forces blamed on the Kurdish rebels. ... more
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Erdogan vows Turkey will attack PKK 'to last terrorist'
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed that Turkey would press on with its relentless campaign against Kurdish militants "until not one terrorist" was left, as Ankara launched new air strikes against the rebels. ... more
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Turkey strikes 17 PKK targets in southeast: army
Turkish war planes overnight carried out a new wave of air strikes against targets of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the country's southeast, the army said Tuesday. ... more
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US drone strike kills five militants in NW Pakistan
A US drone attack on a militant compound in a restive Pakistani tribal area Thursday killed at least five militants, security officials said. ... more
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Turkey vows 'whatever necessary' in fight against militants
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to do "whatever necessary" in Turkey's controversial fight against Kurdish militants, with no end in sight to a two-week cycle of violence. ... more
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Turkish raids raise Iraqi Kurdish leadership stakes
Turkey's air strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan have increased the pressure on regional president Massud Barzani, who is a key player in the US-led anti-jihadist war but faces an uncertain political future. ... more
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EU, US urge Turkey restraint amid PKK onslaught
Europe and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to show a "proportionate response" in the face of daily attacks by Kurdish militants amid growing concern over the scale of Ankara's air campaign against the rebels. ... more
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Iraqi Kurdistan leadership wants PKK pullback
Kurdish rebels of the PKK should take their war with Ankara out of Iraqi Kurdistan to prevent Turkish air strikes from causing civilian casualties, the region's leadership said Saturday. ... more
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Kurdish party says Turkey air strike kills 10 civilians; army denies
Ten civilians were killed this weekend in a Turkish air strike against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq, a Turkish pro-Kurdish party said Sunday, but the army denied the bombing had taken place near a populated area. ... more
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Some 260 PKK members killed in Turkey air strikes: report
Around 260 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed and hundreds more wounded in Ankara's week-long campaign of air strikes against targets of the group inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, the official Anatolia news agency said Saturday. ... more
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Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed
A second round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban has been postponed, Pakistan's foreign office said Thursday, following the reported death of the insurgents' leader Mullah Omar. ... more
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Kurdish party chief dismisses Turkey anti-IS raids as a 'show'
The co-leader of Turkey's main Kurdish party on Thursday dismissed air strikes and police raids by Ankara against Islamic State (IS) jihadists as a "show", saying their real target was Kurdish militants. ... more
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Turkey's Erdogan, China's Xi meet amid Uighur strains
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday, with a Beijing official saying that the two sides will enhance cooperation in battling "terrorism". ... more
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Mongolia marks 25 years of democracy in Russian, Chinese shadows
Mongolia on Wednesday marked 25 years since its first democratic election, a key milestone in the transformation of the once Communist nation squeezed between giant neighbours Russia and China. ... more
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Afghan-Taliban peace talks likely in China next week
Afghan officials said Friday they will meet Taliban insurgents next week for a second round of talks aimed at ending 13 years of war, pledging to press for a ceasefire in negotiations likely to be held in China. ... more
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