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Ahmet Turk, a Kurdish opposition politician, was removed from office in Mardin.  Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s ancient city of Mardin was jubilant this spring when a Kurdish opposition politician once again won the race to become the province’s mayor. (...)

President Donald Trump meeting Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has said that the Kurds fighting in northern Syria are “not angels” as he defended his decision to withdraw US troops from t(...)

 Syrians gather in the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh to celebrate adeal between the Damascus government and the Kurdish administration. Photograph: Sana/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels will press ahead with a plan to take a key town in northern Syria, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday, in a sign that a(...)

Levent Murat Burhan, the Turkish Ambassador to Ireland: “We had to counter this threat. We tried diplomacy and dialogue for years.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The Turkish military incursion into Syria is designed to address “an existential threat” to Turkey, its ambassador to Ireland has said. Levent Murat (...)

A woman flees with her children amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman

Turkey began its promised military incursion into northeast Syria on Wednesday as US president Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw US troop(...)

Kurdish security members stand guard near a restaurant where a Turkish consulate employee was killed, in Erbil, Iraq. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

At least two people including a Turkish diplomat were shot dead on Wednesday in a rare attack in the capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, local (...)

Human rights activist Sebnem Korur Fin  in front of Istanbul’s courthouse after she was acquitted  along with the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and another rights activists on charges of making “terror propaganda” for Kurdish militants. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

An Istanbul court on Wednesday acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) as well as two other campaigners for press free(...)

Supporters of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at an election campain rally  in Batman, south east Turkey, on March 12th. Photograph:  Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

When police came to arrest her as the campaign for Turkey’s local elections got under way, Berivan Kutlu was not surprised: it was the third time the (...)

A military vehicle with the US-backed coalition in Syria drives behind a convoy of trucks carrying civilians from the Isis hold-out of Baghouz, Syria. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic State terror group looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the US-backed Syri(...)

 Some EU countries have said they are preparing to take back former jihadists captured in Syria. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Donald Trump has told the EU it must take back its 800 Islamic State fighters captured in Syria by US-backed forces and put them on trial. The US pres(...)

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