Cabinet welcomes Saudi-Bahrain Coordinating Council

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday thanked foreign leaders, officials, envoys and citizens for their condolences on the death of Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, brother of King Salman. Chaired by the More »

Khalid bin Salman: Capture of ISIS leader shows commitment to eradicate terror

:: The capture of ISIS’ leader, Abu Osama al-Muhajir, in Yemen is just the latest example of our commitment to eradicating the scourge of terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid More »

Iran foreign minister accuses US’ Bolton of plotting for war

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of plotting for war against Iran in a tweet on Tuesday. “Wanna know why those with proven record More »

Saudi Crown Prince departs for Asia trip including South Korea, Japan

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has departed on a trip to South Korea and Japan, where he will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the G20 summit in Osaka, the More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal order on Monday promoting 38 judges at the Ministry of Justice at various ranks. The Kingdom is taking measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, the More »


Tag Archives: KURDS

Erdogan: Turkey won’t allow Syrian Kurdish PYD to west of Euphrates

Turkey has not allowed and will not allow the Syrian Kurdish PYD, which is fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria but has links to the outlawed PKK militant group in Turkey, to cross west of the Euphrates river, President

Turkish PM says no role for ‘terrorist groups’ in Syria talks

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia on Thursday of jeopardizing peace talks on Syria planned for next week by insisting on the inclusion of “terrorist groups” such as the Kurdish YPG militia on the opposition side. Turkey is concerned

Amnesty accuses Turkey of ‘collective punishment’ in Kurdish southeast

Turkey security forces are subjecting residents of Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey to “collective punishment” with military operations backed by curfews, Amnesty International said on Thursday, accusing the army of “recklessly” using excessive force. Turkey has imposed successive curfews over the last

Kurds destroyed ‘thousands’ of Arab homes in Iraq

Kurdish forces have destroyed thousands of homes in northern Iraq in an apparent attempt to uproot Arab communities, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The rights group said the destruction took place after Kurdish forces captured areas from ISIS, which overran swathes

Turkey probes opposition chief for calling Erdogan ‘tinpot dictator’

Turkish prosecutors on Monday launched an investigation into the head of Turkey’s main opposition party after he called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “tinpot dictator”. Kemal Kilicdaroglu was speaking out against the detention of Turkish academics last week over a

Kurdish militant attack kills 3 Turkish policemen

Turkey’s state-run news agency says Kurdish militants have killed three policemen and wounded four others in an attack in the southeastern province of Sirnak. The Anadolu Agency says the three officers succumbed to their wounds Monday after being hit by

Turkey probes academics over petition against crackdown on Kurds

Turkey on Thursday launched an investigation into academics who signed a petition criticising the military’s crackdown on Kurdish rebels in the southeast that angered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Some 1,200 academics from 90 Turkish universities calling themselves “Academicians for Peace”

Turkish forces kill 18 Kurdish rebels: army

Turkish security forces killed 18 militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as they battled the rebels in curfew-hit towns in the country’s troubled southeast, the army said Saturday. Sixteen were killed in the Cizre district of Sirnak province near

Erdogan: Turkish troops needed in Iraq after attack

An attack by ISIS militants on a military base in northern Iraq shows Turkey’s decision to deploy troops there was justified, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul that 18 ISIS militants were killed but

Arab-Kurd fighters kill 16 ISIS jihadists near Syria ‘capital’

Arab and Kurdish forces have killed at least 16 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group during fierce clashes north of the jihadists’ stronghold of Raqa, a monitor said Sunday. The jihadists launched an offensive last

U.S.-backed alliance advances against Islamist groups in Syria’s north: Spokesman

A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters advanced against Islamist insurgents in the north of the country on Friday, capturing at least one village in Aleppo province, a spokesman and a monitoring group said. Fighters from the Democratic

Two Turkish police officers killed in Kurdish southeast

Two police officers have been killed in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast during operations to push back Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, the Dogan news agency said on Friday. The first policeman was killed in the district of Cizre late on

Two blasts hit Kurdish-controlled city in Syria

Twin suicide bomb blasts hit two restaurants in a Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said. The explosions took place in Qamishli, near the

We can’t retake Mosul without Kurds, says Iraqi official

The Iraqi army will need Kurdish fighters’ help to retake Mosul, the largest city under the control of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said, with the planned offensive expected to be very challenging.

Baby killed in clashes between Turkish forces, Kurdish rebels

A three-month baby and her grandfather were killed in crossfire in clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast, medics said on Sunday. The family’s house in the southeastern town of Cizre came under shelling on Friday

15,000 protest Turkey’s military crackdown on Kurdish rebels

Around 15,000 people marched in Dusseldorf on Saturday to protest against Turkey’s military crackdown against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels, local police said. The marchers, demonstrating on behalf of Germany’s federation of Kurdish groups, Nav-Dem, also slammed the European Union

Iraqi Kurdish forces in anti-ISIS commando raid: officials

Iraqi Kurdish forces carried out a commando operation near Hawijah in which several senior members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were captured or killed, local and security sources said Saturday. The operation involved helicopters and bore

Turkish civilians stuck in urban war zone in southeast

Tens of thousands of civilians in southeast Turkey have been caught in the middle as government forces and Kurdish militants battle it out in urban areas – violence that has shattered hopes of reviving peace talks. Turkish security forces launched

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