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On a weekly basis, a stream of information and news reaches us from the Kurdish regions: Bakur (Turkey), Başȗr (Iraq), Rojava (Syria) and Rojhilat (Iran). It is no easy task to categorize, prioritize and present all those messages in a clear and structured way.

Our partner, the ‘Washington Kurdish Institute’ is somewhat successful in this. That is why we would like to refer you to their weekly overview ‘Kurdistan’s Weekly Brief‘. You will also find the most eye-catching news items here beneath.

Pro-Erdoğan association head calls on supporters to take up arms

Pro-Erdoğan association head calls on supporters to take up arms

Published by Turkey Purge on October 20, 2016 The chairman of Ottoman Hearths 1453, Emin Canpolat, has called on all supporters of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to take up arms in the event of a second coup attempt in...

Turkey: Emergency Decrees Facilitate Torture – Human Rights Watch

Turkey: Emergency Decrees Facilitate Torture – Human Rights Watch

"Because of the state of emergency, nobody will care if I kill you. I will just say I shot you while you tried to run away." -Police officer to a detainee, overheard by family members of another detainee "You won’t make it out of here alive. We now have 30 days."...

Syrian Kurds say they are ready for Raqqa operation

Syrian Kurds say they are ready for Raqqa operation

Published by ARA News on October 27, 2016 US Secretary for Defence Ashton Carter said that the battle for Raqqa would start within weeks, and Syrian Kurds confirmed they are ready to join the offensive on the Islamic State’s (ISIS) capital. Aldar Xelil, a member of...

Press Release: Turkish attack on Kurdish municipalities

Press Release: Turkish attack on Kurdish municipalities

October 26, 2016 The capture of Kurdish mayors is an attack on Kurdish democratic self-rule. It has been a long time that the AKP government (R.T. Erdogan), epitomising the Turkish state and the classic politics of the Turkish Republic, has launched a multi-faceted...

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