In South-East Turkey, all Christians pray under one roof

In Diyarbakir, the main Kurdish city of South-East Turkey, there were once 46 churches. But today, only one remains open. The others are either destroyed or were closed by the government during clashes between Turkish army and the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party, the PKK. Chaldeans, Armenians, Assyrians and even some Muslims, all come together to celebrate Christmas mass in the Holy Virgin Mary church.

Turkish soldiers prepare tanks at Syria border

Turkish soldiers prepare tanks at a military base on the Syrian border. Turkey has launched an offensive against the YPG militia in their enclave of Afrin. Ankara views the YPG as a terror group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside Turkey. IMAGES

‘Both PKK & YPG are terrorist organisations’ – Turkey angered by Pentagon’s decision to arm Kurds

Turkey has reacted with anger to the Pentagon’s latest decision to supply new weapons to Kurdish forces – who Ankara view as terrorists.

The Turkish President has vowed to take up the issue with Donald Trump when they meet next week.
Washington’s latest moves seems to have further strained an already fragile relationship with Ankara.

Coming just two weeks after the U.S. condemned Turkish airstrikes that killed Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq.

But U.S. Defence Secretary, James Mattis, says America still wants co-operation on all fronts.

And just today, a Kurdish militia – known as the YPG – released a response to the U.S. deployment.

They called it a demonstration of confidence, saying it’s – quote – a historic decision that will yield important results.

We heard from a Middle-East expert who says the U.S. has more interests in the region than just fighting ISIL.

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Friend or Foe? US Troops spotted with PKK fighters

The Pentagon and State Department are facing questions after US troops were seen briefing fighters from a group which they had branded terrorists.

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RAW: Aftermath of Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish-held areas in Iraq

The Turkish Air Force has hit two Kurdish-held areas in Syria and Iraq, saying the bombardment targeted PKK ‘terrorists.’ Local Kurdish militias confirmed the strikes, speaking of a number of dead and wounded among fighters and civilians.
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On The Line: Jake Hanrahan On His Detention In Turkey, And Why Mohammed Rasool Must Be Released

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VICE News journalist Jake Hanrahan (https://twitter.com/Jake_Hanrahan) joined On The Line to discuss reporting in Turkey, his detention, and why Mohammed Rasool must be released.

In late August, VICE News reporters Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendelbury and Mohammed Rasool, were arrested outside their hotel in Diyarbakir, Turkey and charged with supporting a terrorist organization. Prior to their arrest, the trio had been reporting on the conflict between Turkish forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

After 11 days in detention, Jake and Phil were released. Mohammed Rasool, however, remains wrongfully imprisoned, and the investigation into all three reporters is “ongoing.”

VICE News maintains that the charges against Jake, Phil, and Mohammed are baseless and absurd. We call on the Turkish authorities to continue their positive course of action in freeing Jake and Philip, and release Rasool immediately.

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PKK Youth Fight for Autonomy in Turkey

On January 6, a 14-year-old Kurdish boy named Ümit Kurt was shot dead by Turkish special forces in the Syrian border town of Cizre in southeast Turkey.

Ümit Kurt was killed as he walked home through an area controlled by the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the militant youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The YDG-H has been acting as a paramilitary force in Cizre for the past few months and has closed off several Kurdish neighborhoods with their armed checkpoints and patrols.

VICE News gained exclusive access to members of the YDG-H, mostly in their teens and early twenties, who give their story on why gun battles broke out between them and the Turkish security forces, leading to some of the worst fighting in Cizre since the 1990s.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 18, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Tajik villagers feel the pinch of Russia’s currency problems, Turkish police shoot Kurdish teen dead, study shows decline in teenage alcohol, cigarette and marijuana use, and ethics investigator quits FIFA post over World Cup investigation.

TAJIKISTAN
Villagers Feel the Brunt of Russian Currency Slump
Moscow’s migrant workers haven’t been able to send as much money home to their families due to a catastrophic decline of the ruble.

TURKEY
Kurdish Teens Clash With Police in Southeast
A 17-year-old is dead following a confrontation between teenage supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as the PKK, and police in the city of Diyarbakir.

U.S.A.
Study Finds Drop in Teen Marijuana, Alcohol and Cigarette Use
A survey of 40,000 students suggests the kids are alright after all.

FIFA
Ethics Investigator Resigns Over World Cup Report
Attorney Michael Garcia said he stepped down because of a ‘lack of leadership’ in the organization following an investigation he claims wrongly cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption in their 2018 and 2022 bids.

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From Grief Over Kobane To Chaos: Istanbul’s Kurdish Riots

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As the battle between Kurds and Islamic State militants rages on in the Syrian border town of Kobane, Kurds in neighboring Turkey are becoming increasingly angry at the Turkish government’s failure to intervene. And so protestors have taken to the streets in cities such as Ankara and Istanbul to show their support for both the Kurds fighting in Kobane and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a resistance group in Turkey classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and several other Western nations.

VICE News traveled to Istanbul, where a memorial march for two fighters who died in Kobane devolved into a night of chaos. Amid clouds of police teargas, we spoke to members of a PKK youth wing as they threw Molotov cocktails and shouted support for Kurds in Turkey and Kobane.

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