• Disgruntled Kurds emerge as potential kingmakers in Turkey’s polls / Sibel Hurtas

    As Turkey braces for snap elections on June 24, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) risks losing the support of an important segment of its base — conservative Kurds — due to its sharp shift to hard-line nationalism. A major question now is how to lure the vote of the resentful Kurds, who are emerging as a key player in the elections.



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    A leading member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP, ruling party in Kurdistan Region, believes that his party would be the winner of the upcoming Iraqi election in the region, calling the historical achievements of the party as the reason for winning the most number of votes.

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  • Russia is against strong Kurds: analystRussia is against strong Kurds: analyst

    A political analyst and the chief of Carnegie Foundation in Moscow believes Russia does not want to strengthen Kurds as the development will create another tension in the Middle East.

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  • Turkish Enigma versus Kurdish Dilemma / Cengiz CandarTurkish Enigma versus Kurdish Dilemma / Cengiz Candar

    Due to the dramatic developments which unfolded during the last quarter of 2017, the Iraqi Kurds lost their hopes of an independent state of their own, perhaps for generations to come. Turkey’s loss was its most promising sphere of influence in the volatile region of the Middle East, the KRG. The relationship between the two exceptionally close players, Turkey and the KRG, soured to the extent that its reparation in the near future may be more difficult than many could have foreseen. Both are facing uncertain futures and this may further exacerbate the situation of an already turbulent region.

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  • Rural areas southwest of Kirkuk grapple with fears of IS sleeper cells / Shelly KittlesonRural areas southwest of Kirkuk grapple with fears of IS sleeper cells / Shelly Kittleson

    The area southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has seen several attacks and anti-Islamic State (IS) operations this month. Five foreign IS members, including two leaders, were reportedly killed in the Rashad subdistrict April 9, while "tunnels and guesthouses'' used by IS were destroyed April 10.

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  • Russia uses Kurds to achieve own goals, expert tells KurdpressRussia uses Kurds to achieve own goals, expert tells Kurdpress

    David Romano, a political science analyst at the University of Missouri, believes the U.S. is using the Kurds in Syria to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and Russia’s policy towards the Kurds in the county is completely instrumental and Machiavellian. He also expressed his views, in the interview, about the situation in Kurdistan Region and ties between Baghdad and Erbil. What follows is his answer to Kurdpress questions.

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  • Turkish TV paints Kurds as villains / Mahmut BozarslanTurkish TV paints Kurds as villains / Mahmut Bozarslan

    The scene is set in a dark room where two men argue. “The Chief” gives a tongue-lashing to the other: “Who are you to distribute all this money? Whose money is it anyway?” The other replies, “We are distributing our association’s funds to our suffering people.” The debate goes on, with words such as “leadership,” “revolution” and “bourgeoisie” repeated often. The jargon is clearly that of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and the “party leadership” is a reference to Abdullah Ocalan, its imprisoned leader.

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  • Power-sharing deal could end dispute over Kirkuk elections / Omar SattarPower-sharing deal could end dispute over Kirkuk elections / Omar Sattar

    For the first time since 2005, Kirkuk governorate in Iraq will hold elections Dec. 22 to select its local governing council. Parliament included the multiethnic province of the Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens in the provincial election law approved March 3.

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  • Erdogan keeps finger on trigger as PKK exits Sinjar / Fehim Tastekin

    Kurdish militants reportedly have withdrawn from Iraq’s Yazidi region of Sinjar after several years, leading to speculation about the timing and reasons behind the decision. Experts are questioning whether the move will be enough to stop Turkey from intervening in the region militarily, despite a warning from Baghdad.

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  • Russia, Turkey stay close despite differences in SyriaRussia, Turkey stay close despite differences in Syria

    All eyes are on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now that the Turkish military has defeated the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) forces in Afrin.

    08:12 AM
  • Turkey rolls into Afrin, apparently on way to Manbij / Metin GurcanTurkey rolls into Afrin, apparently on way to Manbij / Metin Gurcan

    Turkey-backed forces took control March 18 of Afrin, Syria, leaving observers to wonder why Kurdish forces appeared to just hand over the city, giving up their 56-day-long resistance. Yet even as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cheered his victory, Kurdish leaders pledged to retake the city, saying in a statement, "Resistance … will continue until every inch of Afrin is liberated."

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    Most studies about the association between PTSD and coping styles have found that more negative coping strategies for dealing with stress show higher levels of PTSD symptoms. There is however limited research on the association between coping strategies, social support, and subsequent stress reactions in adolescents exposed to war trauma. A search of the literature shows only a handful of studies of war exposed adolescents where coping strategies and or social support have been used as predictors of traumatic distress.

    12:44 PM
  • Turkey, PKK war will intensity, Ankara unable in full control of Afrin, professor tells KurdpressTurkey, PKK war will intensity, Ankara unable in full control of Afrin, professor tells Kurdpress

    A Professor of political science at University of Saint Joseph, Dr Jana Jabbour, told Kurdpress in an exclusive interview that the war between the forces of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey will intensify as the election in the country is approaching but did not deny the possibility of another ceasefire after the polls. She also stressed that Turkey cannot take the full control of the Syrian northern Kurdish canton of Afrin as the social base of the Kurdish forces in the city is strong.

    05:01 PM
  • Russia uses Kurds as tool to manage regional ties, professor tells KurdpressRussia uses Kurds as tool to manage regional ties, professor tells Kurdpress

    Dr. Djene Rhys Bajalan, an Assistant Professor of History at Missouri State University believes Russia’s policy towards Kurds is more dangerous than that of the U.S. as Moscow’s stance towards Kurds is more hostile and sees Kurds as a useful tool to manage its ties with regional countries.

     

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  • Turkey cannot control Turkey completely, researcher tells KurdpressTurkey cannot control Turkey completely, researcher tells Kurdpress

    A political analyst and researcher told Kurdpress that Turkey will not be able to control completely the Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin as Kurds are the majority in the northern town.

    01:08 AM
  • US seeks to double AK-47 supply to Syrian partners / Jack Detsch

    The Donald Trump administration is seeking to more than double the number of assault rifles it provides to Syrian Kurds and other US-backed fighters despite rising anger from NATO ally Turkey.

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