Suspect in murders of Kurdish activists dies in Paris hospital

Suspect in murders of Kurdish activists dies in Paris hospital

A 34-year-old Turkish man suspected of killing three Kurdish activists, including one of the cofounders of the banned PKK, in Paris in January 2013 died Saturday morning in a Parisian hospital days before the start of his trial. Omer Güney, the only suspect in the 2013 killings of three female Kurdish activists in Paris in […]

Turkey detains leaders of pro-Kurdish party

Turkey detains leaders of pro-Kurdish party

Turkey detained two co-leaders and nine other lawmakers of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) early on Friday over reluctance to give testimony for crimes linked to “terrorist propaganda.” The Turkish Interior Ministry said detention orders for 13 MPs were issued, but only 11 were detained as two lawmakers were abroad. Lawyers had earlier said […]

Syria bombs Kurdish stronghold of Hasaka for first time

Syria bombs Kurdish stronghold of Hasaka for first time

Syrian government warplanes on Thursday bombed Kurdish-controlled areas of the city of Hasaka in northeastern Syria for the first time in the five-year-old civil war, the spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and a monitoring group said. YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said the air strikes had hit Kurdish districts of the city, which is […]

Deadly twin blasts rock Kurdish-held northern Syrian city

Deadly twin blasts rock Kurdish-held northern Syrian city

Two bomb blasts claimed by the Islamic State group hit the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 170 others, state television reported. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the blasts but gave a lower death toll of 14 killed and dozens […]

Turkey criticises US ‘hypocrisy’ for backing Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey criticises US ‘hypocrisy’ for backing Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey on Friday accused the United States of hypocrisy after US commandos in Syria were pictured supporting a major ground offensive led by a Kurdish militia branded a terror group by Ankara. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was “unacceptable” that US troops had been seen in images taken by an AFP photographer wearing insignia […]