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Iranian ethnic group

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Kurds: Iranian ethnic group
Kurds are an Iranian 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 also exclaves of Kurds in central Anatolia and Khorasan. Additionally, there are significant Kurdish diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey, in particular Istanbul, while a Kurdish diaspora has developed in Western Europe, primarily in Germany. Numerically, the Kurds are estimated to number between 30 and 45 million.

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Turkey's pro-Kurdish party mulls pulling MPs from parliament

A pro-Kurdish opposition party is considering withdrawing lawmakers from Turkey's parliament due to mounting pressure it is facing, and as an act of protest against the government's decision to oust 24..
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Turkey says Kurdish militia attack kills 10 people in Syrian town of Al-Bab

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a car bomb attack by Syrian Kurdish fighters killed 10 people and wounded more than 15 in the northern Syrian border town of Al-Bab, which Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Kurds


Behrouz Boochani leaves Manus Island after six years, lands in NZ [Video]Behrouz Boochani leaves Manus Island after six years, lands in NZ

The Kurdish Iranian writer, held in PNG since 2013, says he may seek asylum in New Zealand or the US.

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Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds [Video]Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. gets along with the Kurds and although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have 'some factions within the Kurds', he said he thinks Erdogan has a..

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Erdogan says returned Trump's 'Don't be a fool' letter [Video]Erdogan says returned Trump's 'Don't be a fool' letter

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he returned President Trump's Oct. 9th letter back to the president in which Trump wrote to Erdogan 'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool" to urge..

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Trump: Syrian ceasefire is holding 'very well' [Video]Trump: Syrian ceasefire is holding 'very well'

President Donald Trump told reporters that the Syrian ceasefire is holding "very well," as he hosted a high-level White House meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

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Kurdish community in US reacts to Erdogan's visit [Video]Kurdish community in US reacts to Erdogan's visit

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Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners [Video]Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners

Turkey's interior minister says they will begin to repatriate captured Islamic State militants to their home countries as of Monday. Emily Spychal reports.

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Turkey's Erdoğan will be met by pro-Kurdish protests on visit to Orbán [Video]Turkey's Erdoğan will be met by pro-Kurdish protests on visit to Orbán

Turkey's Erdoğan will be met by pro-Kurdish protests on visit to Orbán

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Kurd fighters complete pullout from Turkey-Syria border: Russia [Video]Kurd fighters complete pullout from Turkey-Syria border: Russia

Moscow says YPG forces withdraw from so-called 'safe zone' but Ankara says they'll verify the pullout by Kurdish forces.

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ISIS insider helped in hunt for leader al-Baghdadi [Video]ISIS insider helped in hunt for leader al-Baghdadi

An ISIS insider who gained the trust of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was passing on information about his whereabouts to the United States via Kurdish officials, NBC News' Richard Engel reports.

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Putin, Assad solidify their dominance in Syria [Video]Putin, Assad solidify their dominance in Syria

Russian troops moved into the strategic Syrian city of Kobani on Wednesday. It comes a day after Moscow and Turkey agreed to oversee the removal of America's former allies, Kurdish fighters, from the..

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Donald Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey over ceasefire pledge in Syria [Video]Donald Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey over ceasefire pledge in Syria

US President Donald Trump has said he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the Nato ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria. Mr Trump made the announcement as he defended his..

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Turkey, Russia reach deal for YPG move out of Syria border area [Video]Turkey, Russia reach deal for YPG move out of Syria border area

After talks with Putin, Erdogan says Kurdish fighters will withdraw 30km (19 miles) from frontier within 150 hours.

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Kurds will be removed from Turkish 'safe zone' in Syria after Russia-brokered deal [Video]Kurds will be removed from Turkish 'safe zone' in Syria after Russia-brokered deal

The decision comes after talks in the Russian resort town of Sochi.

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Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border [Video]Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border

Russian and Turkish leaders on Tuesday agreed to terms that would allow Ankara's military operations in Syria to continue as a U.S.-brokered cease-fire is set to expire. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Erdogan and Putin hold press conference following talks [Video]Erdogan and Putin hold press conference following talks

Turkish president threatens to resume military offensive against Kurdish Syrian forces.

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Erdogan: Turkey's military operation in Syria not land grab [Video]Erdogan: Turkey's military operation in Syria not land grab

Ankara's military action against Kurdish forces has drawn criticism and prompted NATO countries to suspend arms sales.

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Erdogan, Putin hold talks as truce in Syria set to expire [Video]Erdogan, Putin hold talks as truce in Syria set to expire

Meeting comes hours before a five-day truce between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria runs out.

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Withdrawing US troops enter Iraq from Syria [Video]Withdrawing US troops enter Iraq from Syria

Residents of Kurdish-dominated city pelt US forces with potatoes and shout expletives at them as they drive through.

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Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria [Video]Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces to ensure that the oil did not fall into the..

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U.S. troops leave Syria, cross into Iraq [Video]U.S. troops leave Syria, cross into Iraq

U.S. troops crossed into Iraq early on Monday, part of a withdrawal from northeastern Syria ordered by President Donald Trump that opened the way for Turkish troops to launch an offensive against..

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Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises' [Video]Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises'

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had pulled out all its fighters from the border town of Ras al Ain, while Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey expects the US to..

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Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:36Published

Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters if ceasefire fails [Video]Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters if ceasefire fails

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on said he would press on with Turkey's offensive into northeastern Syria and 'crush the heads of terrorists' if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of..

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Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire [Video]Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire

Trump’s comments came one day after he praised a deal announced by Vice President Mike Pence that would pause fighting in Northeast Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe..

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Turkey replaces four more Kurdish mayors over alleged terror links

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.
Reuters - Published

'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.
SBS - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani gets warm welcome in NZ

Behrouz Boochani travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told reporters he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

We were close, but finally I meet Behrouz face-to-face - as a free man

A refugee adviser for Amnesty International Australia describes a "special day" in the long battle for freedom of a Kurdish journalist detained offshore for six years.
The Age - Published

Kurdish refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani arrives in New Zealand after six years in Papua New Guinea

The journalist has reportedly travelled to New Zealand on a visitor's visa to attend a literary conference but told journalists he has no plans to return to Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

U.S. has no intention of ending alliance with Syrian Kurdish fighters: official

The United States has no intention to end its alliance with Syrian Kurdish SDF militia, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, effectively pushing back on Ankara's demand that Washington..
Reuters - Published

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

Around 10,000 Islamic State detainees and their families in nearby camps in northeastern Syria present a big security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, even though the..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Kurds tell EU: Get tough with Turkey or face Islamic State fighters

The European Union could face a wave of returning battle-hardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey, including breaking off any accession or trade talks, a..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

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..
Reuters - Published

Israel aiding Syria's Kurds, advocating for them with U.S.: official

Israel is assisting Syrian Kurds battered by a month-old Turkish incursion, seeing them as a counterweight to Iranian influence and advocating for them in talks with the United States, the deputy..
Reuters - Published

Crowd pelts with stones Turkish-Russian patrol in Syria: local media

Turkish and Russian troops on Tuesday began their second joint patrol in northern Syria near Kobani, under a deal that has forced a Kurdish militia away from Turkey's border, while local media released..
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Russia hold second joint north Syria patrol, near Kobani

Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles on Tuesday began their second joint ground patrol in northern Syria near the town of Kobani, under a deal that has forced a Kurdish militia away from..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Kurdish fighters have not left Syria 'safe zone' despite U.S, Russia deals

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from a planned "safe zone" in northeast Syria despite Turkey's agreements with the United States..
Reuters - Published

Turkey blames Kurdish militia after deadly bombing in Syrian town

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had..
Reuters - Published

Trump says ceasefire in northeastern Syria holding well

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the ceasefire in northeastern Syria where Turkey has sent in troops to clear the area of Syrian Kurdish militia forces has held very nicely.
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Russia hold first joint patrol in northeast Syria

Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday under a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away from..
Reuters - Published

Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government's ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop..
Reuters - Published

This mother still doesn't know how her son died on Nauru, a year after she buried him

Kurdish Iranian asylum seeker Fariborz Karami died on Nauru in 2018, but his mother, who is now in Australia, tells SBS News she is still waiting for answers.
SBS - Published

Turkey says reconnaissance flights have begun along Syrian border

Turkey's defense ministry said on Tuesday that reconnaissance flights and mine clearing operations had begun some 10 km into Syria, where planned patrols with Russian troops are set to take place after..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says it will eliminate remaining Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria

Turkey will eliminate any Syrian Kurdish YPG militia fighters that remain in a planned "safe zone" in northeastern Syria after the expiration of a 150-hour deadline agreed upon by Ankara and Moscow,..
Reuters - Published

Russia tells Turkey Kurdish fighters have left NE Syrian border area: Erdogan

Russia has informed Turkey that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have withdrawn from a strip of land near the Syrian-Turkish border within a deadline set by Ankara and Moscow, President Tayyip Erdogan said..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan: Russia has told Turkey that Kurdish fighters have withdrawn from north Syria

Russian officials have conveyed to Turkish authorities that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from a strip of land on the Syrian-Turkish border within a 150-hour deadline set by Ankara and..
Reuters - Published

Turkey will find out via joint patrols with Russia whether Kurdish forces withdrew: Erdogan aide

Turkey will establish through its joint patrols with Russia in northeast Syria whether the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from the region, a top aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
Reuters - Published

Russia says Kurdish withdrawal in northeast Syria complete: TASS

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that armed Kurdish forces had withdrawn from a safe zone near the northeastern Syrian border with Turkey faster than scheduled, the TASS news..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurdish forces say leaving Turkish border area, Damascus welcomes move

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had agreed to withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should..
Reuters - Published

Syrian government welcomes SDF withdrawal from border: SANA

The Syrian government welcomed the withdrawal of Kurdish-led forces in the north 30 km from the border, state news agency SANA said, citing an official foreign ministry source.
Reuters - Published

Turkey will clear Syria border area of Kurdish fighters if Russia fails to act: Erdogan

Turkey will clear northeast Syria of Kurdish YPG militia if Russia does not fulfill its obligations under an accord that helped end a Turkish offensive in the region, President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says U.S. must extradite Syrian Kurdish commander

U.S. authorities must extradite the commander of the Kurdish-led SDF to Turkey when he enters the United States, Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said Friday after Ankara slammed Washington for..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of violations, Russia says peace plan on track

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused Turkey on Thursday of launching a large land offensive targeting three villages in northeast Syria despite a truce, but Russia said a peace plan..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurds from SDF withdraw to 32 km from Turkish border: RIA

Kurds from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn to 32 km (20 miles) away from the border with Turkey, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing an SDF official.
Reuters - Published

SDF says Turkey breaches ceasefire, urges US intervention

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies had launched a large land offensive targeting three villages on Thursday despite a truce and urged the United..
Reuters - Published

Top Erdogan aide raps U.S. treatment of Syrian Democratic Forces' commander

Turkey criticized the United States on Thursday for treating the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a "legitimate political figure", underlining continued tensions with..
Reuters - Published

Russia says Syrian Kurd forces pulling back from Turkish border

Kurdish forces have begun withdrawing from areas near the Turkish frontier in Syria, Russia's deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Thursday, following a deal between Moscow and Ankara that..
Reuters - Published

Russia says Kurds have begun withdrawing forces near Syria-Turkey border: Ifax

Kurdish forces have begun withdrawing from areas near the Turkish border in Syria, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin as saying on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. senators want quick visa for Kurdish general, amid Syria crisis

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked the State Department on Wednesday to quickly provide a visa so that the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces could visit the United states..
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Russian police deploy in Syria's Kobani, Trump calls ceasefire 'permanent'

Russian military police started deploying on Syria's northeast border on Wednesday under a deal with Turkey to drive Kurdish fighters from the region, and U.S. President Donald Trump said Turkey's..
Reuters - Published

Russian defense minister speaks to SDF head after Syria deal: reports

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has spoken by video conference to the leader of Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

As Syria's war mutates, Kurds worry that Damascus will return

An uneasy, defiant mood hangs over this Kurdish-controlled city, as rapid shifts in Syria's war place a question mark over the future of Kurdish self-rule in the country's northeast.
Reuters - Published

Evidence found of war crimes during Turkish offensive in Syria, says U.S. official

President Donald Trump's special envoy for Syria said on Wednesday that U.S. forces had seen evidence of war crimes during Turkey's offensive against the Kurds in Syria, and had demanded an explanation..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish commander says Trump promised to maintain long term support: tweet

U.S. President Donald Trump promised to maintain long-term support for Kurdish-led forces who control large swathes of northeastern Syria, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mazloum Kobani said..
Reuters - Published

Syria offensive feeds disenchantment among Turkey's Kurds

Kurdish lawmaker Musa Farisogullari says he has been targeted by water cannon, tear gas and blows from riot shields while trying to protest this month against Turkey's military offensive in northeast..
Reuters - Published

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