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Iranian ethnic group

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Kurds: Iranian ethnic group
Kurds are an 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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Germany's minorities call for action after shisha bar shootings

German Kurds called on Thursday for stronger government action against far-right radicalism and racism as they mourned the victims of a gun attack on two shisha lounges.
Reuters - Published

Some victims of German shooting have Kurdish roots: Bild

Some of the victims of a suspected far-right shooting rampage in the German town of Hanau were of Kurdish descent, Bild daily reported on Thursday, without citing its sources.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Kurds


BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk field: sources [Video]BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk field: sources

EXCLUSIVE: BP has pulled out of Iraq's giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field's expansion, sources have told Reuters. David Pollard..

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Turkish court acquits novelist accused of Kurdish militant ties

An Istanbul court acquitted novelist Asli Erdogan on Friday of charges of terrorist group membership, in one of a series cases which have fueled concern among European Union states and rights groups..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: U.S. halts secretive drone program with Turkey over Syria incursion

The United States has halted a secretive military intelligence cooperation program with Turkey that for years helped Ankara target Kurdish PKK militants, four U.S. officials told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria plan local tribunal for IS fighters

The Kurdish-led administration that runs much of northeastern Syria is planning to organize a local tribunal to try IS fighters held captive in the region, a representative of its foreign relations..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
CBS News - Published

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.
CBS News - Published

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

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