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Kurds: Iranian ethnic group
Kurds or Kurdish people are an Iranic ethnic group native to a mountainous region of Western Asia known as Kurdistan, which spans southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria. There are exclaves of Kurds in Central Anatolia, Khorasan, and the Caucasus, as well as significant Kurdish diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey and Western Europe. The Kurdish population is estimated to be between 30 and 45 million.

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Syria's Kurds to allow families of IS fighters to leave squalid camp [Video]

Syria's Kurds to allow families of IS fighters to leave squalid camp

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:31Published

Aid agencies worried over sharp rise in Syria COVID-19 cases [Video]

Aid agencies worried over sharp rise in Syria COVID-19 cases

They are worried that a lack of infrastructure in opposition and Kurdish-held areas, means doctors will not be able to deal with a significant outbreak.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published
Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests [Video]

Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests

Turkish authorities have ordered the arrest of 82 people including members of a pro-Kurdish opposition party. The warrants are in relation to violent protests from 2014 against the siege by Islamic..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published

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Turkey says it hits 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's car was shunted by a security vehicle outside parliament on Wednesday when Kurdish protesters ran into the road, two Reuters witnesses said.
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Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish targets in northern Iraq

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Kurdish case becomes rallying cry for Japan protest against police

The case of a Kurdish man who says he was stopped and shoved to the ground by Tokyo police became a rallying cry for protesters marching in solidarity with Black Lives Matter on Saturday.
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Special Report: How Turkey’s courts turned on Erdogan's foes

It took 16 judges to convict Kurdish politicians Gultan Kisanak and Sebahat Tuncel of belonging to a terrorist organization last year.
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Syria's Kurdish-led northeast confirms first case of coronavirus

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U.S.-backed Kurdish-led group says militants riot in jail in northeast Syria

Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with some of the militants managing..
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Turkey detains five Kurdish mayors as crackdown continues

Turkish authorities detained mayors of five municipalities in Kurdish-majority areas on Monday as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the..
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Turkey sentences ousted pro-Kurdish mayor to jail

The ousted mayor of Turkey's mainly Kurdish Diyarbakir province was sentenced on Monday to more than nine years in prison for membership of a terrorist organization, a judicial source said.
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Germany's minorities call for action after shisha bar shootings

German Kurds called on Thursday for stronger government action against far-right radicalism and racism as they mourned the victims of a gun attack on two shisha lounges.
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Some victims of German shooting have Kurdish roots: Bild

Some of the victims of a suspected far-right shooting rampage in the German town of Hanau were of Kurdish descent, Bild daily reported on Thursday, without citing its sources.
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Turkish court acquits novelist accused of Kurdish militant ties

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Exclusive: U.S. halts secretive drone program with Turkey over Syria incursion

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Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria plan local tribunal for IS fighters

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Turkey cannot go back on NATO Poland-Baltics plan: Polish official

A senior Polish official said Monday there could be no backtracking from a NATO decision to pursue a defense plan for Poland and the Baltics after Ankara suggested it might still block it until allies..
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Erdogan says allies must support Turkey after it approved NATO plan: NTV

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Turkey threatens to block NATO plan on summit eve

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Jailed Kurdish leader taken to Turkish hospital days after falling ill: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party was taken to hospital on Monday, his party said, after he lost consciousness last week following chest pains.
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Jailed pro-Kurdish leader unwell but not taken to hospital: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party lost consciousness after experiencing chest pains last week but he still has not been taken to a hospital despite such requests, one of his..
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Erdogan says Qatar backs Turkey's plans to settle Syrian refugees: NTV

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On Iraq visit, Pence reassures Kurds and discusses protests with prime minister

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington..
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Turkey's pro-Kurdish party calls for early elections, won't leave parliament

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party called on Wednesday for an early election but ruled out withdrawing from parliament to protest the government's dismissal of dozens of its mayors who were elected..
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Turkey's pro-Kurdish party mulls pulling MPs from parliament

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Turkey says Kurdish militia attack kills 10 people in Syrian town of Al-Bab

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Turkey removed four more mayors from their posts on Saturday as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and replaced them with state appointees.
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'You exiled me to Manus': Behrouz Boochani lashes Labor's 'shameful' response to NZ arrival

"You exiled me to Manus and you have supported this exile policy for years," the Kurdish refugee said.
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Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani gets warm welcome in NZ

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Thousands of Islamic State detainees in Syria a 'ticking time-bomb': State Dept official

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Bomb attacks kill five, injure dozens in Syria's Qamishli: forces

Three bombs exploded in Qamishli in northeast Syria on Monday, killing five people and wounding 26 in the city, which is largely-controlled by Kurdish fighters, security forces said.
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Erdogan says Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until..
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Kurds tell EU: Get tough with Turkey or face Islamic State fighters

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Russia on Thursday of failing to fulfill their part of a deal for Kurdish militia to leave a Syrian region bordering Turkey, and said he..
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Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

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