Iraq Kurd fighters on Turkey border await to join Kobane; Biden to visit Turkey next month…


US Vice President Joe Biden next month visits Ukraine as well as Turkey, where fighting across the border in the Syrian town of Kobane has sparked tensions with Washington
More than 150 Kurdish peshmerga fighters left a base in northern Iraq headed for the battleground Syrian town of Kobane
The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against ISIL comes to about $8.3 million a day
ISIL released a video Oct. 27 showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town
Turkey said there was no problem for Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross its territory into Syria and peshmerga could at any moment
PM Davutoğlu has refuted any prospect of moving forward the general election scheduled for June 7, 2015
Two days spent under bombing raids in the Syrian border town of Kobane, half of which has been destroyed after enduring hundreds of attacks, offer a glimpse of the life that civilians there are living.

Erdogan caricatures: cartoonists mock Turkey’s president in pictures

Cartoonists including Martin Rowson took to Twitter to caricature Turkeys president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in solidarity with Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart who was on trial for lampooning him. Kart has since been acquitted, and posted his own cartoon of thanks

The killing of three unarmed Turkish soldiers, strolling around in their civilian clothes during their weekend leave on Oct. 25 in Yüksekova further escalated the tension in the Kurdish issue
PYD head Muslim again accuses Ankara of aiding jihadists by allowing them to cross the border
The government has toughened its rhetoric over the embattled Kurdish peace process, in the wake of the killing of three off-duty soldiers in Hakkari
Following a question about why the Syrian town of Kobane has become so critical in the international arena, the Erdoğan said ‘a game is being played on Turkey’s borders’
The jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan who is the state’s main interlocutor in the Kurdish peace process was also unhappy with the PKK and the HDP’s stance, Erdoğan says
Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a gun attack in the Yüksekova district of the southeastern province of Hakkari

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