ANKARA/ARBIL, June 29 (Reuters) – Iraq’s semi-autonomous
Kurdistan region has ramped up independent oil sales since
mid-June while cutting allocations to Iraq’s state oil firm SOMO
in an escalating dispute over export rights and budget payments.
Kurdistan has sold at least 9 million barrels of oil in 11
tankers from the Turkish port of Ceyhan so far in June,
according to shipping data and traders, compared to 5 million it
allocated to SOMO in early June after which transfers largely
ISTANBUL/AKCAKALE (Reuters) – Turkey accused Kurdish militia in northern Syria of persecuting civilians on Tuesday and said it saw signs of “a kind of ethnic cleansing”, drawing a parallel to the actions of Islamic State militants and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian Kurdish-led forces captured the town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Monday from Islamic State, driving the jihadists away in an advance backed by U.S.-led air strikes.
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish-led militia fought Islamic State near a Syrian town at the Turkish border on Sunday, a monitor and a Kurdish official said, battling to seize it with the help of U.S.-led air strikes in an advance that has worried Turkey.
Concerned about an expansion of Kurdish sway in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his assessment that Kurdish groups were taking over areas evacuated by Arabs and Turkmen, saying that might eventually threaten Turkey’s borders.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a snap election would be “inevitable” if both the ruling AK Party and the main opposition fail in efforts to form a new government within the constitutional limit of 45 days.
In comments published on Sunday in Milliyet newspaper, Erdogan said he planned to grant a mandate to form a new government first to the AKP, which won around 41 percent of the vote in the June 7 election — short of securing the parliamentary majority required to rule alone.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Emboldened by an historic election victory that has transformed their country’s political landscape, Turkey’s Kurds on Monday said they were determined to press Ankara to restart peace efforts to end three decades of insurgency.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) cleared a 10 percent hurdle to enter parliament for the first time at Sunday’s parliamentary elections, picking up 80 of 550 seats and smashing President Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes for a huge win for the governing AK Party.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Thousands of jubilant Kurds flooded the streets of Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Sunday, setting off fireworks and waving flags as the pro-Kurdish opposition looked likely to enter parliament as a party for the first time.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said initial results from Sunday’s election showed it would take 80 of 550 seats, a stunning result for a party that pollsters had said would struggle to cross the required 10 percent threshold.
ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party on Saturday accused President Tayyip Erdogan of failing to show respect for two of its supporters who died in a bomb attack, a day before polls that could see it thwart his bid for sweeping new powers.
Erdogan is hoping the ruling AK Party he founded will win a crushing victory in Sunday’s parliamentary vote, allowing it to change the constitution and hand him broad presidential powers. But the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) could play the spoiler if it crosses the 10 percent mark required to enter parliament.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish Kurds gathered on Saturday to mourn and protest at the scene of bomb blasts that killed two people and wounded more than 200 at an election rally, with many voicing anger at President Tayyip Erdogan ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary polls.
The two explosions, which Erdogan described as a “provocation” designed to undermine polls, tore through a rally where thousands had gathered in support of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
KAHTA, Turkey (Reuters) – Sat in front of a huge image of Islam’s holiest shrine, Ahmet Turanli, an elder of the Resvan tribe, is just the sort of man whose support Turkey’s ruling AK Party might want in a parliamentary election on Sunday.
Tribes like Turanli’s, mostly of Kurdish, Turkmen and Arab origin and concentrated in Turkey’s southeast, were a powerful force in past elections, in some cases voting in blocs of tens of thousands, often in favor of the Islamist-rooted AKP.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Evoking the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and vowing the Muslim call to prayer would forever ring out, President Tayyip Erdogan put religion center stage on Saturday as campaigning for Turkey’s parliamentary election entered its final week.
Persuading religious conservatives, including pious Kurds and nationalists, to back the Islamist-rooted AK Party will be key in an election Erdogan hopes will bring him stronger presidential powers that opponents see as a threat to democracy.