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.
Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut.. Reuters - Published
One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded on Sunday after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria's Tel Abyad, the defense ministry said, despite a deal to pause.. Reuters - Published
Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part..
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran..
US vice president Mike Pence has announced that the US and Turkey have agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northern Syria. The ceasefire will allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone roughly..
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During House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's weekly news conference, she described Donald Trump as having a 'meltdown' following a House vote to oppose the decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. Rough Cut (no..
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday the United States had imposed sanctions on Turkey's ministers of defense, interior and energy, as well as their departments after Turkey's military..
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish.. Reuters - Published
Turkish troops in northern Syria are ready to continue their offensive if a deal with Washington to pause the conflict while Kurdish fighters withdraw is not fully implemented, Defence Minister Hulusi.. Reuters - Published
In Syria, Kurdish forces are accusing Turkey of failing to abide by the terms of the U.S.-brokered ceasefire. Its leaders are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to take responsibility for its.. CBS News - Published
A fragile ceasefire was holding along Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed the truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara's.. Reuters - Published
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
The surprise deal to suspend Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in Syria hinged on President Tayyip Erdogan's demand that Washington agree a time limit on any ceasefire, a senior.. Reuters - Published
EU Council President Tusk says the "so-called" Syria ceasefire is "a demand of capitulation of the Kurds" and called on Turkey to immediately halt its operation in northern Syria. (Oct. 18)
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President Trump said he spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this morning. Mr. Trump said the attacks against the Kurds in northern Syria were "eliminated quickly" following Thursday's.. CBS News - Published
Turkey will continue its offensive into northeast Syria more rapidly than before if an agreement with the United States to pause the operation and allow the withdrawal of Kurdish forces is not fully.. Reuters - Published
Turkey replaced the mayors of a Kurdish-majority town in its southeast with a state official, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said, amid a crackdown at home on criticism of Ankara's.. Reuters - Published
There's heavy criticism of Vice President Mike Pence's deal to stop Turkey's attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Turkish forces have also been accused by a chemical weapons expert of using.. CBS News - Published
There's heavy criticism of the White House deal to stop Turkey's attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Also, the acting White House chief of staff admits President Trump withheld military aid to.. CBS News - Published
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that there were no ongoing clashes in northeastern Syria, where Turkey has been carrying out an offensive, after Ankara agreed with Washington to pause.. Reuters - Published
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Friday, hours after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive on Kurdish.. Reuters - Published
Shelling and gunfire resounded around the northeast Syrian town of Ras al Ain on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish.. Reuters - Published
Hours after his vice president and secretary of state brokered a cease-fire, President Trump said he was right to let Turkey attack America’s Kurdish allies because it eventually led to a deal. NYTimes.com - Published
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
The United States struck a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday that will halt the fighting in exchange for a retreat by Kurdish YPG militia from a "safe zone" area in part because the U.S... Reuters - Published
The Trump administration has announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey in northern Syria to allow withdrawal of Kurdish forces. CBS News Radio national security consultant Lt. Col. Jeff McCausland.. CBS News - Published
The U.S. has brokered a ceasefire with Turkey to stop attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria. Associated Press White House reporter Jill Colvin is traveling with President Trump in Texas and joins CBSN to.. CBS News - Published
President Trump welcomed the temporary ceasefire in Syria announced Thursday by Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara. In Texas, Mr. Trump told reporters "we've got everything we ever dreamed of" and.. CBS News - Published
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will accept a ceasefire agreement with Turkey in northern Syria and do what is necessary to make it work, SDF commander Mazloum Kobani told Ronahi TV on.. Reuters - Published
Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday afternoon that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria. Pence said Turkey would pause its invasion for 120 hours.. CBS News - Published
President Donald Trump is crediting his threat of sanctions on Turkey as "tough love" that led the country to agree to a five-day cease-fire with Kurds in northern Syria. Touting the agreement, Trump.. USATODAY.com - Published
Top Kurdish politician Aldar Xelil said he welcomed a halt to fighting in northern Syria with Turkey but the group would defend itself if subjected to an assault, speaking to Al Arabiya after a.. Reuters - Published
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish.. Reuters - Published
Turkey's military will primarily enforce a "safe zone" in northern Syria, according to a joint U.S.-Turkish statement after high-level talks in Ankara at which the sides agreed a temporary ceasefire in.. Reuters - Published
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he had reached a deal with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for a ceasefire in northern Syria to end an eight-day-old Turkish offensive against.. Reuters - Published
Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for withdrawal of Kurdish forces, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip.. Reuters - Published
A Turkish offensive into northeast Syria has led to the death of 224 from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and 183 Turkish-backed rebels after the first eight days of fighting, the Syrian.. Reuters - Published
Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have arrived in Turkey to urge the country to stop attacking Kurdish forces in Syria. This comes after the president told reporters the U.S... CBS News - Published
A senior U.S. delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence pursued an uphill mission Thursday to persuade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call for a cease-fire in his fight with Kurdish forces.. USATODAY.com - Published
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey on Thursday on a mission to persuade him to halt an offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria, but Turkish officials.. Reuters - Published
The Trump administration is making its strongest push yet for a ceasefire in northern Syria. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Turkish president in Ankara... CBS News - Published
Russia has promised Ankara that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey's military is targeting, will not be in the Syrian territories across the border, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.. Reuters - Published
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will urge Turkey on Thursday to halt its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria, a day after President Donald Trump threatened heavy sanctions over the.. Reuters - Published
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not mind Russia helping Syria in a conflict with NATO ally Turkey and rejected criticism of his withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria that exposed.. Reuters - Published
U.S. President Donald Trump did not object to an agreement cut between Kurdish-led forces and the Syrian government to protect Syria from a Turkish offensive, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander.. Reuters - Published