ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday.
Turkish soldiers began special forces training with Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq three weeks ago, peshmerga spokesman Brigadier General Halgurd Hikmat said. The Turkish official said similar assistance would be given to Iraq’s National Guard.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed an agreement between Iraq’s central government and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, a step forward in a feud that has threatened the unity of Iraq.
After years of friction, the two sides last week struck a deal in which Kurds will give half of their overall oil shipments to the federal government and Baghdad will pay overdue civil servants’ salaries in the region.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey and the United States played down differences in the fight against Islamic State on Friday, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made clear Ankara would keep pressing for a no-fly zone in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad’s removal.
Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) insurgents. Ankara argues that the coalition’s air strikes in Iraq and Syria are not enough and it has pushed for a more comprehensive strategy involving Assad’s departure and the creation of a buffer zone inside Syria to protect displaced civilians.
ISTANBUL, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Turkish media close to a
U.S.-based Islamic preacher accused by President Tayyip Erdogan
of seeking to usurp power say they have been shut out of
government press events in a move they see as evidence of
Turkey’s deteriorating press freedoms.
Correspondents from the Zaman and Bugun newspapers, the
Samanyolu TV station and Cihan news agency say they have been
banned from the presidential palace since Erdogan’s inauguration
in August and no longer receive official press releases.
MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State insurgents to seize the town and cement control in the Turkish border region.
Syrian Kurdish fighters welcomed the fighters who are known as peshmerga or “those who defy death”, and said that with the weapons they had brought with them, they could help tip the balance in a battle raging for more than 40 days.
SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents.
U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around Kobani earlier in the day in an apparent effort to pave the way for the heavily-armed Kurdish contingent to enter.
SURUC Turkey (Reuters) – U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.
The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, has become the focus of a global war against the Sunni Muslim insurgents, who have captured expanses of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic “caliphate” straddling the two.
SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.
Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide.
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan plans to increase the capacity of its oil pipeline via Turkey to 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) following upgrade work, industry sources and officials said on Monday
It will raise the flow to 400,000 bpd by year-end, from a current 280,000 bpd, adding further pressure to falling world oil prices already hit by rising supply.
ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan plans to
increase the capacity of its oil pipeline via Turkey to 700,000
barrels per day (bpd) following upgrade work, industry sources
and officials said on Monday
It will raise the flow to 400,000 bpd by year-end, from a
current 280,000 bpd, adding further pressure to falling world
oil prices already hit by rising supply.