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Explosive laden drones attack Iraq’s Erbil airport

Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq has been targeted in a drone attack, Kurdish security officials said, the latest in a series of similar incidents over the past year. The internal security service for Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, of which Erbil is the capital, initially said three rockets had hit near the airport. A second […]

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Kurdish forces raid shelter camp housing family members of Islamic State

Kurdish-led security forces have made arrests inside a camp in northern Syria that is holding family members of Islamic State group members. The operation at al-Hol camp was aimed at rooting out IS followers after violent incidents, some fatal. Several dozen people are reported to have been killed there this year. An IS recruiter and […]

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Baghdadi’s underwear was stolen to conduct DNA test before US raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s underpants were obtained by an undercover source to match DNA samples to prove his identity before U.S. forces along with its partners made plans to kill him. Polat Can, a senior advisor to the Kurdish-led SDF, gave details on Twitter about how SDF intelligence work had helped locate Baghdadi, whose death was […]

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Trump imposes sanctions on Turkey, halts trade negotiations, raises steel tariffs to 50%

The United States has imposed sanctions on Turkish ministries and senior government officials in response to the country’s military offensive in northern Syria. President Donald Trump also phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate truce. Vice-President Mike Pence said he would travel to the region “as quickly as possible”. The move […]

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Syrian government forces and Kurdish forces strike deal to fight against Turkey’s invasion

The Kurds in Syria have struck a deal with the Syrian government to halt Turkey’s offensive against them in the northern borders. Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said the Syrian army would deploy along the entire length of the border as part of the agreement. This deployment would assist the SDF in countering “this aggression […]

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International pressure mounts on Turkey to stop assault on Kurdish forces

Casualties in areas of northern Syria have increased after Turkey’s cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held lands. At least 11 civilians died and scores of fighters from the Kurdish-led SDF and pro-Turkish factions were killed. The first death reported was of a Turkish soldier was also confirmed by Turkey’s military. However, activists from the Syrian Observatory for […]