Family: Turkey Holding North Carolina Pastor Prisoner for Being a Christian

Turkey: Erdogan Admits U.S. Pastor Detained as Hostage to Trade for Gulen

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered to free American pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned for allegedly spreading both pro-Kurdish propaganda and supporting Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen despite being a Christian, in exchange for Gulen himself on Thursday.

Iraqi Kurdish protesters wave flags of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration to claim for its independence on July 3, 2014 outside the Kurdistan parliament building in Arbil, in northern Iraq. The Kurdish leader, Massud Barzani asked its parliament to start organizing a referendum on independence. AFP PHOTO / …

Iraq: Tensions Between Kurds and Iran-Allied Shiite Militias Intensify

A Kurdish Peshmerga commander has accused a Baghdad-sponsored umbrella organization of mostly Iran-allied Shiite militias of arresting three of their fighters in northern Iraq’s predominantly Sunni Nineveh province amid flaring tensions between the two groups.

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Merkel Ally Predicts Chaos If Turkey Joins EU Free Movement Area

A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that her plan to stem mass migration from Turkey may backfire, and induce a “new, uncountable influx” of migrants from the Muslim world. In October last year, the European Union


Turkish Pro-Kurd Opposition Leader Will Meet Russian Officials in Moscow

Selahattin Demirtaş, the head of the pro-Kurdish opposition party in Turkey, will visit Moscow this week to speak to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and open a satellite office for his party. The meeting follows a tense several weeks in which Turkey and Russia have all but severed their diplomatic ties.

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Report: Turkey Had Advance Warning on ISIS Suicide Bombing at Border

New details are emerging about Monday’s suicide bombing in southeastern Turkey, including the allegation that the Turkish government had intelligence warning about the attack. The explosion took place in the town of Suruc, which is across the border from the Syrian town of Kobani. Both towns are major centers for the region’s Kurdish minority.

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ISIS Allegedly Kills 30 on Turkey-Syria Border

An explosion on Turkey’s border with Syria, allegedly executed by ISIS, killed at least 31 people on Monday. “We are concerned that the number of death will increase. The perpetrators will soon be found and put on trial,” Turkey’s interior minister said in a statement.

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Iraqi Anchor Leaves News Desk to Become Anti-Extremist Comedian

What is the best way to counter extremism? For Iraqi news anchor Ahmed Albasheer, the answer is comedy. After an eight-plus year career in news correspondence, Albasheer decided to leave the news desk to combat corruption and fight Islamic terror through humor.


Kurdish ‘Fighters’ Kick Islamists Off London Street

In scenes reminiscent of the battle for Kobani, Kurds clashed with Islamists, including well known preacher Anjem Choudary, on the streets of Wood Green, London yesterday at about 5pm. According to the Haringey Independent, the clashes occurred as a group of