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From TheJournal.ie Turkey vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish forces if they don't pull out of proposed safe zone Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish forces if they don't pull out of proposed safe zone

The top figure on the Kurdish side said Turkey was preventing his forces’ withdrawal and trying to blame the deal’s collapse on the Kurds.

From TheJournal.ie Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed TOM CLONAN

Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed

Events in Syria appear to represent a major setback for the US and a major victory for Syria’s President Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies, writes Tom Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie Donald Trump slaps US sanctions on Turkey and tweets about Napoleon protecting the Kurds Syria

Donald Trump slaps US sanctions on Turkey and tweets about Napoleon protecting the Kurds

The US will freeze assets on Turkish ministers and place tariffs on steel.

From TheJournal.ie EU agrees to suspend exporting arms to Turkey amid 'unacceptable' offensive against Kurds Syria

EU agrees to suspend exporting arms to Turkey amid 'unacceptable' offensive against Kurds

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the unanimous move is in response to Turkey’s “unacceptable unilateral military action in northeast Syria”.

From TheJournal.ie Syrian troops to help Kurds in wake of Turkish invasion Deployed

Syrian troops to help Kurds in wake of Turkish invasion

It follows US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of his troops from the conflict zone.

From TheJournal.ie Kurdish people in Ireland and Europe protest against Turkey's Syria offensive Kurds

Kurdish people in Ireland and Europe protest against Turkey's Syria offensive

Kurdish people in Dublin held a rally on O’Connell Street outside the GPO.

From TheJournal.ie Turkish Ambassador to Ireland: There's no 'threat' to send 3.6 million refugees to EU Syria

Turkish Ambassador to Ireland: There's no 'threat' to send 3.6 million refugees to EU

The Turkish President yesterday said the country could do just that if the EU doesn’t support the country.

From TheJournal.ie 'Lock him up!': Trump hits out at Bidens and defends decision to withdraw from Syria Rally

'Lock him up!': Trump hits out at Bidens and defends decision to withdraw from Syria

The US President is seeking to use an impeachment probe against him as a weapon on the campaign trail.

From TheJournal.ie First Turkish soldier killed in offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria Syria

First Turkish soldier killed in offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Seven civilians including a nine-month-old baby were killed in Turkish border towns and nearly 70 people were injured.

From TheJournal.ie British IS fighters known as 'The Beatles' taken into US custody Kurds

British IS fighters known as 'The Beatles' taken into US custody

The US has moved some Islamic State prisoners amid fears they could escape custody as Turkey invades northeast Syria.

From TheJournal.ie Trump defends Syria decision saying Kurds 'didn't help us with Normandy' Syria

Trump defends Syria decision saying Kurds 'didn't help us with Normandy'

The Kurdish forces are “fighting for their land,” Trump said.

From TheJournal.ie 'Deeply troubled': Tánaiste urges Turkey to refrain from assault on Syrian Kurdish forces Kurds This post contains videos

'Deeply troubled': Tánaiste urges Turkey to refrain from assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

The US has been accused of abandoning Kurdish troops as Russia warns that the ‘whole region could be ignited’.

From TheJournal.ie Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' Turkey's economy if it does anything 'off-limits' in Syria Turkey Shoot

Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' Turkey's economy if it does anything 'off-limits' in Syria

The US President cited his “great and unmatched wisdom” in deciding what is “off limits”.

From TheJournal.ie In a major shift, US to remove troops as Turkey set to invade Syria White House

In a major shift, US to remove troops as Turkey set to invade Syria

This move would result in an uncertain fate for the Kurdish fighters allied with the US.

From TheJournal.ie Trump warns he will 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks the Kurds Syria

Trump warns he will 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks the Kurds

The US assault on Isis in Syria has been spearheaded on the ground by Kurdish fighters.

From TheJournal.ie US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces says it has captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State Syria

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces says it has captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State

The Kurdish-led forces said that it had arrested five militants who had been fighting for the Islamic State.

From TheJournal.ie Notorious British IS fighters nicknamed the 'Beatles' captured by Kurdish forces - reports Syria

Notorious British IS fighters nicknamed the 'Beatles' captured by Kurdish forces - reports

Violence flared in eastern Syria where the US-led coalition said it killed pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its Kurdish allies.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why Iraq taking back land from the Kurds is a major headache for the US All About The Oil

Explainer: Why Iraq taking back land from the Kurds is a major headache for the US

The two US allies are at loggerheads over disputed territory in oil-rich Kirkuk.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi forces seize ground from Kurds amid soaring tensions between two US allies Kirkuk

Iraqi forces seize ground from Kurds amid soaring tensions between two US allies

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State has urged the two sides to focus on fighting the extremists.

From TheJournal.ie Germany sees massive rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners Crime

Germany sees massive rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners

These crimes include offences carried out by Islamic State extremists.

From TheJournal.ie Thirteen dead and dozens injured in bombing in Turkey Kayseri

Thirteen dead and dozens injured in bombing in Turkey

Television pictures showed bus reduced to a smouldering wreck by the impact of the blast, as wounded were taken to ambulances.

From TheJournal.ie The battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State has begun Iraq

The battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State has begun

The city fell to IS fighters in June 2014. It is their last stronghold in Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie A number of Irish people injured in Turkish suicide attack Istanbul

A number of Irish people injured in Turkish suicide attack

Four people were killed and 36 injured in this morning’s attack. The blast is the sixth major bombing to take place in Turkey since last July.

From TheJournal.ie Three-month-old baby and her grandfather killed as rebels clash with soldiers in Turkey Baby Miray

Three-month-old baby and her grandfather killed as rebels clash with soldiers in Turkey

The girl was hit in the head when her family home was shelled.

From TheJournal.ie Pirates of the Caribbean actor goes to Syria to help 'obliterate' Islamic State Michael Enright This post contains videos

Pirates of the Caribbean actor goes to Syria to help 'obliterate' Islamic State

He said has written to family and friends to tell them he loves them as he “might not see them again”.

From TheJournal.ie Turkey will help Kurds fight Islamic State across the border in sudden policy shift Peshmerga This post contains images

Turkey will help Kurds fight Islamic State across the border in sudden policy shift

“We have no wish at all to see Kobane fall.”

From TheJournal.ie Now IS has advanced to the Turkish border - and planted its flag there Battlefield

Now IS has advanced to the Turkish border - and planted its flag there

Syrian Kurds are fighting IS in the crucial town of Kobane.

From TheJournal.ie Pics: Thousands of terrified Kurds flee to Turkey to escape Islamic State Syria

Pics: Thousands of terrified Kurds flee to Turkey to escape Islamic State

Hundreds of Kurds abandoned their homes after warnings from Islamic State.

From TheJournal.ie Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq - but Ireland won't be one of them TAKING ACTION

Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq - but Ireland won't be one of them

The decision follows a rare summer meeting of EU foreign ministers, including Charlie Flanagan, in Brussels today.

From TheJournal.ie US "urgently" shipping weapons to arm Iraqi Kurds against jihadists Weapons

US "urgently" shipping weapons to arm Iraqi Kurds against jihadists

France is calling on the European Union to follow suit.

From TheJournal.ie Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi Islamic State

Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi

US forces said they had “successfully (conducted) four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked”.

From TheJournal.ie Over 28,000 meals and 5,600 litres of water dropped over northern Iraq amid continued air strikes Islamic State

Over 28,000 meals and 5,600 litres of water dropped over northern Iraq amid continued air strikes

US warplanes bombed Islamic State positions in northern Iraq yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Tensions flare as Kurds claim control of disputed northern oilfields in Iraq Crisis

Tensions flare as Kurds claim control of disputed northern oilfields in Iraq

The move has put strain on the frayed relationship between Iraqi and Kurdish leaders.

From TheJournal.ie While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state Vote

While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state

Forces on the ground are struggling to break the stalemate with militants.

From TheJournal.ie Kurdish rebels begin critical pullout from Turkey Peace Process

Kurdish rebels begin critical pullout from Turkey

PKK fighters are preparing to withdraw to northern Iraq, in a major step towards ending a three-decade long conflict that has left tens of thousands dead.

From TheJournal.ie Three Kurdish women activists shot dead in Paris hit France

Three Kurdish women activists shot dead in Paris hit

The French Interior Minister visited the scene and described the killings as “assassinations”.

From TheJournal.ie Iraq blacklists Chevron over oil deal with Kurds Oil

Iraq blacklists Chevron over oil deal with Kurds

Iraq says it won’t do any deals with the US oil giant until it terminates work with the Kurds.

From TheJournal.ie Turkey: Air strike kills at least 23 in Kurdish village Turkey

Turkey: Air strike kills at least 23 in Kurdish village

A pro-Kurdish legislator has claimed that most of the dead were not militants but teenagers making a living by carrying diesel fuel from Iraq into Turkey on donkeys.

From TheJournal.ie Turkish PM issues first ever apology for killing of 14,000 Kurds Apology

Turkish PM issues first ever apology for killing of 14,000 Kurds

Erdogan said one of the obstacles to Turkey being among “the world’s most powerful states” is that it cannot face up to its past – however his apology appeared more motivated towards embarrassing the opposition.

From TheJournal.ie Turkish forces shoot dead ferry hijacker Hostage

Turkish forces shoot dead ferry hijacker

The 24 hostages – 18 passengers and six crew – were found unharmed.

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