Turkey - PKK

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

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turkishweekly.net EU’s double standards over the PKK and Daesh: Turkish FM 06/30
bbc.co.uk Mark Lowen: Why is IS attacking Turkey? 06/30
cnn.com Why Erdogan looks vulnerable 06/30
euractiv.com Suspected Islamic State suicide bombers kill 36 at Istanbul airport 06/29
reuters.com Two soldiers killed in Kurdish militant attacks in southeast Turkey: army 06/29
debka.com Two Turkish soldiers killed in pair of PKK attacks 06/29
debka.com PKK condemns Ataturk airport assault, denies using suicide bombers 06/29
debka.com Three suicide bombers hit Istanbul airport, 36 dead 06/29
today.az Explosion in Turkish province; 3 servicemen injured 06/29
france24.com Istanbul airport attack bears hallmarks of Islamic State group 06/29
realclearworld.com Istanbul Airport Attack: What We Know So Far 06/29
turkishweekly.net 1 killed, 4 injured in PKK attack in eastern Turkey 06/29
nzherald.co.nz Explosion in Turkey's southeast kills 2 soldiers 06/29
turkishweekly.net Car bomb kills seven in PYD-held northern Syrian city 06/29
cnn.com Bergen: ISIS' Ramadan terror campaign 06/29
dw.com Terrorism in Turkey: threat from two sides 06/29
telegraph.co.uk Ataturk airport bombings: Turkey has a tough task protecting itself from terrorist attacks 06/29
voanews.com Turkey Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers, Wounds 3 06/29
dw.com Erdogan: Airport attackers will 'end up in hell' 06/29
reuters.com Bomb attack on police in Turkey's southeast kills one, injures seven -sources 06/28
turkishweekly.net Policeman martyred in PKK car bomb attack in SE Turkey 06/28
turkishweekly.net Turkey seizes PKK narcotics worth $1.7 billion 06/28
cnn.com AT LEAST 10 DEAD, 2 SUICIDE BOMBERS AT ISTANBUL AIRPORT 06/28
sputniknews.com Target Istanbul: Turkey has Seen a String of Terrorists Attacks in 2016 06/28
foxnews.com Car bomb attack targeting Turkish police vehicle wounds 8 06/28
turkishweekly.net US: Be aware of increased terrorist threats in Turkey 06/28
cnn.com Who is behind Istanbul attack? 06/28
sputniknews.com Kurdish Workers Party Disavows Istanbul Attacks, Say Daesh Responsible 06/28
countervortex.org Erdogan exploits Istanbul terror —of course 06/28
debka.com Three suicide bombers hit Istanbul airport, 28 dead 06/28
turkishweekly.net Two soldiers killed in PKK attacks in Turkey’s east 06/27
reuters.com German politicians, activists file complaint against Turkey's Erdogan 06/27
turkishweekly.net All terror groups use drug trafficking: Turkey's Deputy Minister 06/27
turkishweekly.net Sisi government met PKK three times: Turkish intelligence report 06/27
aina.org Turkey Waging 'Ethnic Cleansing' Campaign Against Kurds 06/27
worldpoliticsreview.com Erdogan and Military Both Seek Political Gains in Turkey’s War Against the PKK 06/27
turkishweekly.net PKK's main source: Drug tfafficking 06/26
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan: Those who think of aiding Kandil will pay for it 06/25
globalsecurity.org Turkish Parliament Grants Immunity to Military for Anti-Kurdish Campaigns 06/25
today.az Turkey sees no difference between Armenia and terrorists 06/25
turkishweekly.net 6 Turkish soldiers martyred in PKK attacks 06/24
reuters.com Turkey grants immunity to security forces fighting militants 06/24
turkishweekly.net US ambassador touts success against Daesh 06/24
turkishweekly.net Turkish mosque vandalized in Netherlands 06/24
globalsecurity.org Separate PKK attacks leave six Turkish soldiers dead 06/24
globalsecurity.org Turkey parliament grants immunity to security, armed forces 06/24
sputniknews.com Turkish Parliament Grants Immunity to Military for Anti-Kurdish Campaigns 06/24
turkishweekly.net Kurdish-Arab forces enter ISIL-held town near Turkey 06/24
today.az Attack on military base in Turkish southeast: one dead, 12 injured 06/24
turkishweekly.net Soldier martyred in eastern Turkey in PKK terror attack 06/23
turkishweekly.net Military operations target cutting drug money to PKK: Turkish interior minister 06/23
sputniknews.com Attack on Military Base in Turkish Southeast: One Dead, 12 Injured in PKK 06/23
turkishweekly.net Malta urges improved dialogue between Turkey, EU 06/23
turkishweekly.net Turkish army, US-led coalition kill 8 Daesh in Syria 06/23
nzherald.co.nz Car bomb attack in Turkey's southeast kills 1, wounds 2 06/23
aina.org Turkey Arrests Activists Over Support for Pro-Kurdish Paper 06/23
turkishweekly.net Two rockets hit western Turkey's Izmir province 06/23
today.az Turkish fighter jets strike PKK targets in northern Iraq, southeast Turkey 06/22
reuters.com Turkish jets strike PKK targets in northern Iraq, southeast Turkey 06/22
turkishweekly.net Turkey's priorities in fighting terrorism questioned 06/22
turkishweekly.net 5 PKK terrorists killed in eastern Turkey 06/22
dailytimes.com.pk Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey 06/22
sputniknews.com Is This Erdogan's Latest Move to Consolidate Power? 06/22
voanews.com Turkish Army Under Growing Pressure as Conflict Against Kurdish Rebels Intensifies 06/22
globalsecurity.org Turkish jets bomb PKK sites in north Iraq, southeast Turkey 06/22
aina.org Turkey Press Crackdown Seen Widening to Human Rights Groups 06/21
turkishweekly.net Turkey strikes PKK targets in northern Iraq, SE Turkey 06/21
turkishweekly.net Fresh curfews declared in 25 villages of SE Turkey 06/21
voanews.com Turkey's Priorities in Fighting Terrorism Questioned 06/21
today.az Major terrorist attack averted in Turkey 06/21
turkishweekly.net Anti-terror ops launched in SE Turkey amid curfew 06/21
sputniknews.com Call for Halt to EU-Turkey Deal After More Journalists Arrested 06/21
voanews.com Turkey Arrests 3 Advocates for Press Freedom 06/20
rt.com ‘Unbelievable low for press freedom’: Ankara charges journalists, academic with ‘terror propaganda’ 06/20
rferl.org The Smell Of Vezneciler 06/20
turkishweekly.net US-led coalition hits 9 Daesh targets in northern Syria 06/20
turkishweekly.net PKK terrorist attack damages nursery in eastern Turkey 06/20
foxnews.com Turkish fighter jets hit PKK targets in the southeast 06/18
aina.org Turkish Army Destroys 32 ISIS Targets in North Syria 06/18
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan: Gülenists, PKK, ‘Armenian brigands,’ YPG tarred with the same brush 06/17
turkishweekly.net PKK missiles could down Turkish choppers, police warn 06/17
dw.com Turkey's opposition HDP leader Demirtas calls on Europe for support 06/17
dw.com Turkey's opposition HDP leader Demirtas calls on Europe for support 06/17
turkishweekly.net Turkish jets kill '9 PKK terrorists' in northern Iraq 06/17
globalsecurity.org IRGC busts terrorist groups in northwest Iran 06/16
turkishweekly.net Daesh targets destroyed by Turkish army 06/15
turkishweekly.net Turkish army destroys Daesh targets in north Syria 06/15
foxnews.com 2 get conditional jail in Kurdish terror finance case 06/15
turkishweekly.net Turkey could forego visa-free Europe for sake of terror law: PM 06/15
aina.org Division Between Turks and Kurds Growing 06/15
turkishweekly.net First phase of Manbij operation finished: US 06/15
turkishweekly.net Ethnic civil war could break out in Turkey as divisions grow, says Demirtaş 06/14
turkishweekly.net Turkish jets hit PKK targets in Iraq's north, SE Turkey 06/14
turkishweekly.net Clash in eastern Turkey wounds police officer 06/14
turkishweekly.net PKK terrorist killed in Turkey's east: Military 06/14
foxnews.com 6 police wounded in explosion in eastern Turkey 06/14
globalsecurity.org Opposition warns of 'ethnic civil war' in Turkey 06/14
globalsecurity.org Turkey: No cooperation with 'terrorists' in Syria 06/14
foxnews.com Iran TV: Revolutionary Guards killed 5 Kurdish separatists 06/13
aljazeera.com Car bomb rocks eastern Turkey 06/13

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.