Turkey - PKK

Kurdish Separatist group active in Turkey. Also known as the KGK. See summary

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dnaindia.com Turkey detains 26 people after car bomb blamed on PKK 02/18
reuters.com Turkey detains 26 people after car bomb, governor says PKK responsible 02/18
globalsecurity.org Turkey arrests 26 following car bomb blamed on PKK militants 02/18
zeenews.india.com Turkey detains 26 people after car bomb blamed on PKK 02/18
upi.com Child killed in Turkey car bomb, 26 suspects detained 02/18
tribune.com.pk Turkey detains 26 people after car bomb blamed on PKK 02/18
globalsecurity.org Top US General Hears Turkey's Complaints About Kurdish Fighters 02/18
dw.com Trial of Kurdish PKK operative starts in Hamburg 02/17
euractiv.com The next Turkish revolution after Ataturk 02/17
sputniknews.com Even if Pentagon Sends Troops to Syria, Proxies 'Will Do the Bulk of Fighting' 02/17
bbc.co.uk Turkey explosion: Large blast in Sanliurfa province 02/17
dw.com Trial against Kurdish PKK operative starts in Hamburg 02/17
globalsecurity.org Turkish Aircraft Destroy Four PKK Targets in Southern Country's Region 02/15
today.az Turkish army hits 4 PKK targets in Amanos Mountains 02/15
aina.org Turkey Detains 600 Over Alleged Links to Kurdish Militants 02/14
reuters.com Turkish police detain more than 500 people in operations targeting PKK: Anadolu 02/14
aljazeera.com Turkey: Hundreds detained over alleged links to PKK 02/14
aina.org Turkish Army Uses ISIS As an Excuse to Attack Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria 02/14
cpj.org Blog: Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12 02/14
globalsecurity.org Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Questioned 02/14
dnaindia.com Turkish police detain more than 500 people in operations targeting PKK: Report 02/14
globalsecurity.org Turkey arrests 600 over alleged PKK links ahead of referendum 02/14
sputniknews.com Turkish Aircraft Destroy Four PKK Targets in Southern Country's Region 02/14
globalsecurity.org Turkish Police Detain Over 1,300 Terrorist Suspects During Last Week 02/13
sputniknews.com Around 15,000 Rally in France Demanding Release of PKK Leader by Ankara 02/11
dnaindia.com 15,000 European Kurds protest for leader's release 02/11
sputniknews.com What's Behind the CIA Director's Visit to Turkey 02/09
aina.org PKK/PYD Accused of Ethnic Cleansing in Northern Syria 02/09
stripes.com No decision yet on arming Kurds to fight Islamic State, Trump tells Turkish leader 02/08
thejakartapost.com Ahok’s wife wants better mother-child centers in Jakarta 02/08
reuters.com Turkey's Erdogan says not supporting stronger presidency sends 'positive signal' to militant groups 02/07
sputniknews.com Turkish PM Yildirim Accuses Main Opposition Party of Siding With Terrorists 02/07
cpj.org Blog: Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5 02/06
sputniknews.com Cooperation With Russia, Damascus is 'Turkey's Only Chance to Avoid War' 02/03
rt.com ‘Islam is a religion of peace’: Erdogan rebukes Merkel for 'Islamist terrorism' phrase 02/02
huffingtonpost.com The Syria "Safe Zones" Mystery 02/02
csmonitor.com In Ankara, Merkel urges freedom of expression amid tense Turkish political scene 02/02
reuters.com Syrian groups see more U.S. support for IS fight, plan new phase 01/31
nzherald.co.nz Turkey arrests another pro-Kurdish legislator 01/31
dw.com Jailed Turkish journalists are still awaiting indictment 01/30
aina.org Two Pro-Kurdish Lawmakers in Turkey Arrested on Terrorism Charges 01/30
globalsecurity.org Greece Refuses to Extradite 50 Turkish Citizens Accused of Terrorism 01/29
globalsecurity.org Turkish Air Force Killed 57 PKK Fighters in Iraq on January 13-14 01/28
reuters.com About 40 Turkish NATO soldiers requested asylum in Germany: media 01/28
globalsecurity.org Turkish aerial attacks kill nearly 60 PKK militants in northern Iraq 01/28
huffingtonpost.com Safe Zones in Syria 01/27
aina.org Turkey Sentences Journalist Six Years in Jail for Writing About Kurds 01/27
aina.org PKK Forms Yazidi Armed Unit Against Islamic State in Iraq 01/26
thecuttingedgenews.com Turkey on Edge - Turkey's 'Lifestyle Massacre' 01/25
aina.org Turkish Jets Destroy 12 PKK Targets in Northern Iraq 01/25
aina.org Turkey Arrests Then Release Four Kurdish Lawmakers in a Day 01/25
aina.org Turkey Seizes Administration of Another Pro-Kurdish Municipality 01/22
today.az PKK terrorist 'neutralized' in southeastern Turkey 01/22
dw.com Turkey's state of emergency persists amid safety concerns and economic downfall 01/19
reuters.com Germany won't tolerate Turkish spying, says spy chief 01/19
aina.org Turkey's Pro-Kurdish Party Leader Faces 142 Years in Prison 01/17
globalsecurity.org PKK bombing leaves 4 cops dead in southeastern Turkey 01/17
today.az Turkey hopes White House to change its Middle East policy 01/17
globalsecurity.org Turkey's pro-Kurdish party leader faces up to 142 years in prison 01/17
stripes.com Blast targeting police in southeast Turkey kills 4 officers 01/16
aljazeera.com Turkey: Roadside bomb blast kills four police officers 01/16
khaleejtimes.com Turkey arrests soldiers for 'helping terror group' 01/13
today.az Five soldiers remanded over deadly Kayseri attack 01/13
globalsecurity.org Turkish Lawmaker Sentenced for Almost Five Years for PKK Ties 01/13
countervortex.org Turkey: life term for Kurdish opposition leader? 01/12
reuters.com Erdogan spokesman slams U.S. military for backing Syrian Kurdish militia 01/12
stripes.com Kurdish militants claim car bomb attack in Turkey's Izmir 01/11
aina.org Turkey Destroys 14 PKK Targets in Northern Iraq 01/11
globalsecurity.org PKK Forces Exiting Iraqi City of Sinjar Vow 'to Ensure Stability in Region' 01/10
foxnews.com New cubs of the caliphate: ISIS video shows kids killing prisoners in amusement park 01/09
today.az FM: Ankara expects U.S. solidarity on terrorist YPG, FETO 01/09
aina.org Turkish President Sees Better Ties With U.S. Under Trump 01/09
globalsecurity.org Turkish Security Forces Arrest 442 People in Anti-Terrorist Raids in January 01/09
aljazeera.com Turkish PM Yildirim visits Iraq to mend relations 01/08
today.az Turkey in Iraq’s Bashiqa out of necessity: PM Yildirim 01/08
reuters.com Thousands demonstrate in Paris over murder of Kurdish militants 01/07
aina.org Iraq PM Says Turkish Troops Problem Solved Soon 01/07
aina.org Iraq Military Chief Says PKK Stopped American Team From Saving Yezidi Village 01/07
foxnews.com Turkey detains 18 in connection with attack near courthouse 01/06
af.reuters.com Turkey detains 18 people over Izmir attack, sees PKK responsible - minister 01/06
zeenews.india.com Slain policeman hailed for `thwarting new Turkey bloodbath` 01/06
dailynews.lk New Turkey attack kills two as Istanbul gunman hunted 01/06
en.people.cn Turkey confirms PKK behind bomb attack at Izmir courthouse 01/06
dw.com Turkey detains 18 people over Izmir car bombing attack 01/06
aina.org US Says it Supports PM Abadi's Position on PKK Presence in Iraq 01/06
reuters.com Turkey detains 18 people over Izmir attack, sees PKK responsible: minister 01/06
aina.org Kurdish Militants Attack Police in Turkey 01/06
rferl.org Turkey Detains 18 In Connection With Deadly Izmir Attack 01/06
foxnews.com Suspect on the run after car bomb kills 2 outside courthouse in Turkey 01/05
rt.com Two killed in Izmir explosion, PKK suspected of attack – governor (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) 01/05
dw.com Reports: Explosion near courthouse in Turkish coastal city of Izmir 01/05
cnn.com Turkey: 2 dead in explosion in Izmir 01/05
cnn.com Turkey: Explosion near courthouse in Izmir 01/05
globalsecurity.org Kurdish Militants Suspected In Deadly Turkey Blast 01/05
slate.fr Plus que l'Otan, la Turquie mise désormais sur la Russie 01/04
aina.org Is Iraqi Kurdistan Heading Toward Civil War? 01/04
cnn.com Opinion: Terrorism plays into Assad's hands 01/03
dw.com Experts say Turkey set for terror attack increase in 2017 01/02
cnn.com ISIS claims Turkey nightclub shooting 01/02
slate.fr L'attaque d'une boîte de nuit à Istanbul est un Bataclan à la turque 01/01

Summary

Kurdistan is a term used to describe areas traditionally inhabited by members of the Kurdish ethnic group in eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, and northern Syria. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), now known as the People's Congress of Kurdistan or Kongra-Gel (KGK) was formed on November 27, 1978, with the stated goals of claiming rights for the Kurdish minority and independence from Turkey. The group began an armed insurgency in 1984. It is considered a terrorist organization by the US Department of State.

In 1999, when its leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured, the PKK said it would proceed with peaceful tactics. In 2004, the group declared an end to the ceasefire.

Recently, Iran has been conducting military operations against the Iranian wing of the PKK, the PJAK. Syria, however, has been accused of harboring and supporting PKK members, which may be linked to deteriorated relations between the two countries following Turkey's criticism of Syria's response to internal dissent.