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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 cannot go back on NATO Poland-Baltics plan: Polish official

A senior Polish official said Monday there could be no backtracking from a NATO decision to pursue a defense plan for Poland and the Baltics after Ankara suggested it might still block it until allies..
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Erdogan says allies must support Turkey after it approved NATO plan: NTV

NATO allies should support Turkey in its conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters after Ankara dropped its objections to the alliance's defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, President Tayyip Erdogan..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Kurds

Defying NATO allies, Turkey calls to brand Kurdish militias as 'terrorists' [Video]Defying NATO allies, Turkey calls to brand Kurdish militias as 'terrorists'

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VP Pence tries to reassure Kurdish allies in surprise Iraq visit [Video]VP Pence tries to reassure Kurdish allies in surprise Iraq visit

VP Pence tries to reassure Kurdish allies in surprise Iraq visit

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Pence reassures Kurds in surprise Iraq visit [Video]Pence reassures Kurds in surprise Iraq visit

On a surprise Iraq visit, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Kurds of U.S. support, discussed protests with the prime minister, and served Thanksgiving to U.S. troops. Conway G. Gittens reports.

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Vice President Pence makes surprise stop in Iraq [Video]Vice President Pence makes surprise stop in Iraq

On a surprise Iraq visit, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Kurds and discussed protests with the prime minister.

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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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Turkey threatens to block NATO plan on summit eve

Turkey will oppose a NATO plan to defend Baltic countries unless the alliance backs it in recognizing a Kurdish militia as a terrorist group, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of an..
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Jailed Kurdish leader taken to Turkish hospital days after falling ill: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party was taken to hospital on Monday, his party said, after he lost consciousness last week following chest pains.
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Jailed pro-Kurdish leader unwell but not taken to hospital: lawyer

The jailed former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party lost consciousness after experiencing chest pains last week but he still has not been taken to a hospital despite such requests, one of his..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Qatar backs Turkey's plans to settle Syrian refugees: NTV

Qatar could support Turkey's plans to settle more than a million Syrian refugees in northeast Syria after its offensive against Kurdish militia in the region, broadcaster NTV quoted President Tayyip..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Resumes Operations Against ISIS in Northern Syria

After a lull of several weeks, American troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters are once again conducting large-scale counterterrorism missions.
NYTimes.com - Published

On Iraq visit, Pence reassures Kurds and discusses protests with prime minister

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's pro-Kurdish party calls for early elections, won't leave parliament

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party called on Wednesday for an early election but ruled out withdrawing from parliament to protest the government's dismissal of dozens of its mayors who were elected..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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

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

Eye Opener at 8: Turkish leader plays anti-Kurds video at WH

A look back at what we've been covering on "CBS This Morning."
CBS News - Published

Meeting with Turkish leader and GOP senators gets heated

In a press conference right after that Oval Office meeting, President Trump said he thinks Erdogan has a positive relationship with the Kurds
CBS News - Published

Turkish president plays anti-Kurds video in Oval Office meeting

President Trump met with Turkey's president at the White House Wednesday. CBS News has confirmed that there was a surprise confrontation when President Erdogan met with Mr. Trump and others in the Oval..
CBS News - Published

Kurdish children may be victims of possible chemical attack in Syria

Fighting in Syria continued, despite a ceasefire deal maded between the U.S. and Turkey. Meanwhile, Kurdish children may be victims of a possible chemical attack. Charlie D'Agata reports from Iraq.
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Kurd commander accepts ceasefire terms

Vice President Mike Pence announced that Turkish President Erdogan agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria. The president called it a "great day for civilization." Charlie D'Agata reports from Iraq.
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Kurdish refugee in U.S. says Trump using Kurds as "collateral damage"

Kasar Abdulla, a U.S. citizen who fled Iraq and moved to the U.S. in 1992, tells CBS News: "How can I, as a Kurd, still regain trust in an administration that is continuously betraying my people?"
CBS News - Published

Russia moves in as U.S. forces pull out of Syria

Turkey invaded northern Syria last week to flush out America's Kurdish allies after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw. Now thousands of people are on the run and one of America's biggest..
CBS News - 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

U.S. withdraws 1,000 troops from northern Syria, leaving Kurds to fight Turkish soldiers alone

The U.S. plans to withdraw 1,000 troops from northern Syria. Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that it's "very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting." Turkish soldiers are attacking Kurdish..
CBS News - Published

Kurds in the U.S. alarmed by Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria

Some Kurds living in the U.S. said they feel abandoned after the president decided to pull U.S. forces out of northern Syria. Manuel Bojorquez visited Nashville, the city with the largest concentration..
CBS News - Published

American forces continue withdrawal from northern Syria

American forces continued their withdrawal from northern Syria. Defense secretary Mark Esper says they’re headed for Iraq — not home, as President Trump promised. Left behind are America's ally:..
CBS News - Published

Turkish president meets Putin after threatening to "crush" Kurds in Syria

Turkey's president sat down with the Russian president to discuss Syria's future. A ceasefire in northern Syria is due to expire Tuesday. If the fighting resumes, Kurdish forces in the region who..
CBS News - Published

U.S. could leave 200 troops inside Syria with Kurds

U.S. troops that President Trump said were coming home from Syria are instead moving into Iraq. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the soldiers will continue fighting ISIS. He also said that some of..
CBS News - Published

Deal between Turkey and Russia puts offensive in Syria on hold

As the U.S. watched from the sidelines, Russia's Vladimir Putin emerged as the key power player in Syria, reaching an agreement for a new ceasefire with the president of Turkey. That will give Russia..
CBS News - 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

National security adviser says U.S. "concerned" about war crimes in Syria despite Erdogan visit to White House

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien says the idea that the United States greenlighted Turkey's offensive on Kurdish forces in Syria is "false."
CBS News - Published

Nikki Haley: We should have the backs of the Kurds

In this web exclusive, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addresses President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Kurds in Syria who have been key in America's fight against..
CBS News - Published

Ongoing impact for Kurds after U.S. withdraws from Syria

The United States has strongly condemned recent Syrian and Russian airstrikes that killed civilians in Northwest Syria. Syrian and Russian forces have moved into the north of the country, following the..
CBS News - Published

Kurds protest Turkish and Russian forces in Syria

The president of Turkey is set to visit Washington next week and protests are expected over Turkey's invasion into Syria and the slaughter of America's abandoned Kurdish allies. As Charlie D'Agata..
CBS News - Published

At Tennessee Titans Games, the Fiercest Tailgaters Are Kurds

Nashville’s big Kurdish community has fallen hard for football, and parking-lot feasts that feature biryani but no alcohol.
NYTimes.com - 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

On the ground with U.S. military convoy protecting oil fields in northern Syria

Turkey's president is accusing the U.S. of not living up to its commitment to move Kurdish forces out of northern Syria, as President Trump promised. U.S. troops are still in that region where the..
CBS News - Published

Trump will welcome Turkey's president to White House next week

President Erdogan defied U.S. requests last month and launched an assault against the Kurds, America's biggest allies in the fight against ISIS
CBS News - 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

Kurdish leader urges U.S. to stick with ISIS fight

Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, tells CBS News' Charlie D'Agata that even after the death of its leader, ISIS remains "not only a threat to the region but to the..
CBS News - Published

Top Democrat visits Kurds to "rebuild" relations, slams Trump

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith, a Democrat, was in northern Iraq to meet Kurdish leaders and to "begin to rebuild" U.S. credibility in the region. He told CBS News' Charlie..
CBS News - 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

Top Democratic chairman slams decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria

A U.S. delegation met with the Kurds Monday, in an effort to repair relations with the abandoned U.S. allies. The U.S. is struggling to redefine its role in the region, after President Trump said the..
CBS News - 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..
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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

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