Iraq

Gov't formation in Iraq Kurdish region closer after KDP-PUK deal

New four-year political agreement to replace 2005's 'Strategic Agreement', local reports say.

Gov't formation in Iraq Kurdish region closer after KDP-PUK deal

Syria's War

Erdogan: NATO gives arms to 'terrorists' but not to Turkey

President accuses NATO allies of supporting 'terrorism' with thousands of truckloads of weapons, but none for Turkey.

Erdogan: NATO gives arms to 'terrorists' but not to Turkey

Syria's War

Syria: SDF calls for help with 'time bomb' ISIL fighters

Abandoning foreign ISIL fighters in Syria would be a 'very big mistake', spokesman for US-backed militia warns.

Syria: SDF calls for help with 'time bomb' ISIL fighters

Syria's War

US-backed militia vows to 'end' ISIL in eastern Syria

A few hundred ISIL members are now boxed into an area of about one square kilometre in Baghouz.

US-backed militia vows to 'end' ISIL in eastern Syria

Kurds

Kurds in Iraq say US withdrawal from Syria a mistake

Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga leaders say ISIL still a threat and US should not withdraw from Syria.

Kurds in Iraq say US withdrawal from Syria a mistake

Refugees

Detained asylum seeker wins Australian literature prize

Iranian Kurd awarded $73,000 for his book written via text messages sent from offshore prison.

Boochani: Asylum seeker on Manus wins Australian literature prize

Syria's War

Damascus condemns Turkish presence in north as breach of deal

Damascus says Turkey's presence in Syria breaches 1998 Adana deal, but Ankara insists deal gives it right to intervene.

Damascus condemns Turkish presence in north as breach of deal

Iraq

Turkey resumes flights to Iraq's Sulaimaniyah after 16-month ban

Ankara stopped flights to the Kurdish airport in September 2017 after the Iraqi region held an independence referendum.

Turkey resumes flights to Iraq's Sulaimaniyah after 16-month ban

Syria's War

Turkey expects Syria 'safe zone' set up in months

Erdogan says Turkey will form buffer zone along Syria border on its own if logistical support not given by allies.

Erdogan: Turkey expects Syria 'safe zone' within months

Turkey

Turkey court orders release of hunger-striking Kurdish MP

Leyla Guven launched hunger strike on November 8 in protest against jail conditions for Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Turkey court orders release of hunger-striking Kurdish MP

Al Jazeera World

Independence and the Iraqi Kurds

Who are the Kurds and how did their bid for independence in Iraq appear to fail after such a resounding 'yes' vote?

Turkey

US demands security guarantee for Kurdish YPG from Turkey

Secretary of State Pompeo tells Turkey's Cavusoglu forces that fought ISIL alongside US troops must be protected.

US demands security guarantee for Kurdish YPG from Turkey

Syria's War

US senator links Trump troop withdrawal to deadly ISIL attack

Bomber kills 19 people in Syrian town of Manbij, including four Americans, as Syria pullout plan stirs more controversy.

Syria's War

Civilians, US troops killed in blast in northern Syria

Suicide bomber strikes area near a US-led coalition patrol in the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Manbij.

Civilians, US troops killed in blast in northern Syria

Middle East

Pompeo 'optimistic' about deal between Turkey and Kurdish groups

US Secretary of State is hopeful Turkey will reach agreement with US over fate of Syrian Kurdish armed groups.

Pompeo 'optimistic' about deal between Turkey and Kurdish groups