kurds in turkey and across the world have taken to the streets to show their solidarity with the besieged syrian town of kobani, as peshmerga fighters and others battle to stop it falling into the hands of ısil militants. the failure of turkey itself to help defend the mainly kurdish town on its border has sparked riots among turkish kurds in which some 40 people died. but sebahat tuncel, a pro-kurdish member of parliament in turkey, hailed saturday's march in istanbul as calm.
video posted online purports to show kurdish peshmerga fighters battling islamic state militants in the town of kobani on the syrian border with turkey. the striking footage, although not as yet independently verified, shows kurdish women fighting alongside men. the town appears to be devastated and the shooting intense.
the rapid deterioration in iraq’s security situation has led to floods of people taking to the roads to escape the fighting.checkpoints outside towns as yet unaffected by the advancing sunni militants are filling up with vehicles and people as refugees press their cases to be allowed to continue.many are making their way into kurdish-held areas which have remained mostly safe and stable, like the outskirts of lrbil, the capital of autonomous kurdistan.
there have been violent clashes throughout turkey as kurdish demonstrators denounce the government's refusal to intervene militarily to stop the syrian border town of kobani falling into the hands of isil jihadists.
there have been clashes on the streets of cizre in southeast turkey, as police tackle kurdish protesters the 15-year anniversary of the capture of pkk leader abdullah ocalan. protesters threw petrol bombs and stones at riot police who responded with water cannon to disperse the crowd. thousands of kurds in other towns across the region took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations. however, riot police were also deployed in the main city of the southeast, diyabakir.
clashes between kurds and turkish security forces have once again broken out in cizre province in the south east of the country. demonstrators fought with police as violence erupted on this an emotionally charged weekend for kurds.
the syrian city of kobani has witnessed large numbers of its citizens cross the border into turkey to escape threats from islamic state militants, however many are returning home. turkish border guards only permit syrian citizens cross back into syria.
some of the estimated 130 000 mostly syrian kurd refugees who have fled to turkey are attempting to go back to fight the islamic state militants who forced them to flee. the situation has become increasingly desperate, prompting the un refugee agency to call for more help for turkey to cope with the displaced families. the unhcr says this is the largest influx of refugees since the start of the syrian conflict in 2011.
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the commander in chief of the iraqi armed forces has announced further advances against islamic state militants in the barwana district of anbar province. supported by a local tribe, the troops launched a massive operation to regain control.
revised reports suggest as many as 285 assyrian christians have been abducted by isil militants in dawn raids across northeastern syria over the last three days.
turkey's parliament has passed a law permitting the use of the kurdish language in court.
the syrian army put up a sustained artillery barrage of damascus's southern suburbs on tuesday. a big counterattack is underway, but if anything it adds to the sense of the regime's desperation, and speculation it is playing its final cards.
for the second day in a row kurdish protesters have clashed with police in southeast turkey. petrol bombs and fireworks were thrown at riot vans as water cannon struggled to douse several small fires in the streets.
kurdish communities across europe have been out on the streets calling for more military support for the syrian town of kobani, under assault by isil militants. protesters blocked railway lines in hamburg in germany, just one of many demonstrations that were mostly peaceful.
kurdish fighters have clashed with islamist insurgents. the peshmerga troops have been defending the oil town of kirkuk after the iraqi army abandoned positions last week.government forces have regrouped in parts and claim to have repelled an attempt by the sunni militants to seize baquba in a bloody battle close to baghdad.late on tuesday iraqi prime minister nuri al-maliki broadcast a joint appeal for national unity.
turkish riot police fired live bullets at protesters in the southeastern province of adana on tuesday (october 7). the kurdish demonstrators were attempting to attack a police station, as they demanded the turkish government do more to protect the syrian kurdish town of kobani from islamic state militants.
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the un's humanitarian chief, baroness amos said on sunday the real number of syrian refugees in turkey is far higher than estimated. she was visiting a refugee camp set up in a school in the turkish border town of suruc.
the kurds are often in conflict with states they live in and which consider them a threat to territorial integrity. now the kurds are a key target of the jihadists calling themselves islamic state, as the kurds stand in the way of the caliphate they want to form. the kurds have been driven from homes in syria.
the yard of mar eliya church in the city of ırbil in iraqi kurdistan has been converted into a camp for christians, more than 200 families who escaped the extremist islamic state movement (isil). christians in ever-greater number have been fleeing the northern city of mosul, the second-largest in iraq. some say the country's history has no precedent for it.
as the battle for kobani rages on syria's border with turkey, a local kurdish official says kurds have regained some districts from the extremists thanks to us-led airstrikes. idriss nassan claims isil now controls less than 20 percent of the town. the airstrikes have killed hundreds of jihadists according to the pentagon but kobani's fate remains in the balance.
the syrian border town of kobani saw some of the fiercest fighting in days on sunday as isil militants attacked kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs. the us has kept up its air strikes on isil positions and has even air-dropped weapons and medical supplies to the kurdish forces - something which neighbouring turkey has refused to contemplate.
fighting between kurdish rebels and ıslamist militants is said to be intensifying in the strategic syrian town of kobani. iraqi peshmerga forces have now crossed the border to help fellow kurds in defending the besieged town. their arrival marks the first time turkey has allowed ground troops from outside syria to reinforce syrian kurds, who've been defending kobani for more than 40 days.
there have been clashes between kurds and turkish security forces as celebrations over kurdish military success in neighbouring syria turned sour. the fall of the strategic syrian border town ras al-ain to kurdish militants brought hundreds of elated kurds onto the streets in turkey's southeastern province of cizre.
a memorial ceremony has taken place in turkey to commemorate three kurdish activists killed in paris last week.
as thousands of syrian kurds return to kobani, celebrations felt bitter sweet, as the level of destruction from more than four months of conflict became apparent. kurdish fighters wrestled control of the strategic border town from isil militants on monday. us-led airstrikes have flattened parts of the city where the insurgents had been hiding out.
turkey's justice minister, sadullah ergin, has announced he is to hold talks with kurdish militants, raising hopes of an end to a decades-old conflict.
kurds in southeast turkey hurl petrol bombs and fireworks at police as protests over the government's reform package run into a second day.
the rapid deterioration in iraq's security situation has led to floods of people taking to the roads to escape the fighting. checkpoints outside towns as yet...
the iraqi parliament has approved part of prime minister haider al-abadi's new government on monday evening. the interior and defence ministers have not yet been agreed, however the positions will be filled within a week according to abadi.
kurdish activists have suggested the turkish state was responsible for the women's murders. a senior member of the ruling party in turkey has blamed internal feuding within the pkk.
a suicide bomber has attacked the kurdish party office in iraq's disputed city of kirkuk, killing at least 15 people. the attack came as iraq's shi'ite prime minister nuri al-maliki is locked in a feud with ethnic kurds in the north over disputed oilfields.
premises belonging to or being used by the pro-kurdish people's democratic party - the hdp - were attacked across turkey. turkish tv channel imc reported that 126 provincial and district branches have been assaulted by nationalists. the violence was in response to the deaths of 16 soldiers who died in a pkk ambush on sunday in the yüksekova district of southeastern
kurdish forces are digging deeper into syria's raqqa province. ypg militia are advancing towards isil-controlled tal abyad, at the turkish border. they are setting their sights set on taking the town, raising the prospect of a battle at the border. for the ypg, seizing tal abyad would help them link up kurdish-controlled areas in hasaka province and kobani. the town is important to the self-proclaimed islamic state group as the nearest border area to its de facto capital of raqqa city.
kurds in turkey have been demonstrating against ankara's airstrikes against kurdish militants in iraq, but also against the arrest of hundreds of people, mostly kurds, across the country.
turkish police say tens of thousands of kurds came out onto the streets of diyarbakir on thursday to mourn at the funeral of three kurdish activists who were murdered in paris last week.
french police are holding two kurdish men in connection with the murders of three activists in the french capital last week.
a coffin heading for burial, containing the body of a kurdistan worker's party (pkk) member... and then the funeral exploded into pandemonium in cizre, southeast turkey... last year saw many deaths in fighting between pkk militia and the turkish army, in the region where most of the population are kurds.
a report in the mainstream turkish newspaper hurriyet claims kurdish militants are ready to stop hostilities next month under a fledgling peace process.