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A drawdown of American diplomacy and the withdrawal of US land forces could instead herald enhanced military involvement in Iraq using air assets and drones.

Human rights campaigners are calling for a prominent journalist and activist to be released by authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iraq's Kurdish authorities target media amid social unrest

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Iraq's Kurdish authorities target media amid social unrest

As social unrest grows in Iraq's Kurdish region, media outlets are facing increasing pressure from authorities for their role in covering anti-government protests.

Kurdish activist jailed for 15 years on Iran return

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Kurdish activist jailed for 15 years on Iran return

The Kurdish activist was given promises of amnesty by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Deadly 'PKK bombing' and Syrian rebel clashes kill civilians

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Deadly 'PKK bombing' and Syrian rebel clashes kill civilians

A bombing in Ras Al-Ain and intra-rebel clashes have rocked an uneasy peace in northern Syria.

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Turkey orders German newspaper reporter jailed for 'PKK propaganda'

A Turkish court sentenced well-known Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel to almost three years in jail.

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Turkey court jails three for life over 2016 attack

A Turkish court handed down life sentences to three suspects over a 2016 terror attack claimed by Kurdish rebels that left 12 people dead, the ...

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party vows to continue protests

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, the HDP, has vowed to continue protests after its ‘march for democracy’ rallies, called in response to the ...

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Turkey demands action after Lebanese show insults 'evil Erdogan'

The Turkish embassy in Lebanon has taken swift action to demand necessary measures from Lebanon after a perceived insult against Erdogan on a TV ...

Turkey blasts Twitter over mass removal of pro-Erdogan accounts

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Turkey blasts Twitter over mass removal of pro-Erdogan accounts

Turkey heavily criticised Twitter after the platform removed over 7,000 accounts it says were part of state-linked information operations.

Judit Neurink

Bankrupt Kurdistan is no longer 'the other Iraq'

Comment: The Kurdistan region of Iraq has hit rock bottom. What was once a promising 'other Iraq' is now a politically and financially ...

ECHR fines Turkey over Kurdish rights-related detentions

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ECHR fines Turkey over Kurdish rights-related detentions

Ankara has been ordered to pay out compensation over the detentions of a man celebrating the Kurdish new year and a university student ...

Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

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Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

Rudaw reporter Vivian Fatah has been banned from reporting for two months after she said Syrian Kurdish fighters were 'killed' rather than ...

Turkey's political prisoners remain jailed despite thousands released

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Turkey's political prisoners remain jailed despite thousands released

Turkey is keeping the lock on dissidents despite thousands of prisoners being released due to fears that prison conditions could encourage the ...

Turkey urged to release journalists, activists amid coronavirus outbreak

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Turkey urged to release journalists, activists amid coronavirus outbreak

More than 20 rights organisations have called for the release of prisoners charged or convicted 'simply for exercising their rights'.

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Renowned Turkish novelist acquitted in terror trial

The Istanbul court acquitted Asli Erdogan, who is living in exile in Germany, of charges membership of an armed terror organisation, disrupting the unity of the state and spreading propaganda.

Jaclynn Ashly

In Turkey, Kurdish educators take their classrooms underground

Turkey's crackdown on Kurdish language schools has forced students and educators to take their courses underground.

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Turkish court re-convicts journalists accused of 'supporting terrorist organisations'

The 12 are former journalists for Cumhuriyet, one of the last remaining opposition newspapers in Turkey.

Paul Iddon

Turkey's ever-growing indigenous arms industry

Ankara is making substantial headway toward making the Turkish armed forces largely indigenous and self-sufficient.

Turkey, the Kurds and the demographic re-engineering of Syria

Amr Salahi

Turkey, the Kurds and the demographic re-engineering of Syria

The start of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring in Syria brings with it fears of demographic change. Both Turkey and its Syrian Kurdish opponents ...

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Turkey releases five opposition journalists from jail

Turkey's record of press freedom has worsened over the years, with dozens of journalists arrested.

Syria Weekly: Russian weaponry puts Turkey-US relations on rocks

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Russian weaponry puts Turkey-US relations on rocks

Growing hostility between Turkey and the US could play out in Syria, where tensions between the two sides of the presence of armed Kurdish ...

RSF Turkey representative acquitted over 'terrorist propaganda' charges

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RSF Turkey representative acquitted over 'terrorist propaganda' charges

The verdict was hailed by Reporters Without Borders chief Christophe Deloire as a 'great victory for justice and press freedom'.

Turkey hands life sentences to 14 over 2016 attack

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Turkey hands life sentences to 14 over 2016 attack

A Turkish court on Friday handed down life sentences to 14 people convicted of planning a deadly 2016 attack outside a stadium in Istanbul.

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