Turkey - PKK

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

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turkishweekly.net At least 14 killed in violence across Iraq 01/27
foxnews.com Activists: Kurdish fighters press offensive after driving IS group from Syrian town of Kobani 01/27
turkishweekly.net Turkish gov’t wants PKK to disarm for bolder steps before elections 01/27
stripes.com US sees Kobani as key win, but Mosul may require new tactics 01/27
turkishpress.com Erdogan: Solution process not a bargaining process 01/27
aina.org Eyeing Political Gains, Kurds and Assyrians in Turkey Aim to Mend Old Wounds 01/26
npr.org Backed By U.S.-Led Coalition, Kurds Take Kobani From ISIS 01/26
turkishweekly.net Soldiers in terror fight will be given legal shield 01/24
voanews.com With Peace Comes Hope of Prosperity in Diyarbakir 01/22
newrepublic.com The Islamic State Has Sleeper Cells Throughout Turkey. Does Erdogan Care? 01/21
reuters.com Turks, Kurds push for peace breakthrough despite new surge in violence 01/20
aina.org Kurds Squabble Despite Islamic State Threat 01/20
voanews.com Turkey Considers Adding Kurd Islamist Group to Peace Talks 01/19
aina.org Iraqi Kurdish Leader Opposes Yazidi Self-rule 01/18
turkishweekly.net Kurdish talks intensify amid Cizre tensions 01/17
reuters.com Twelve-year-old shot dead in Turkey's Kurdish southeast 01/15
realclearworld.com The Kurdish Miracle in Kobani 01/15
aina.org Kurds Demand Unity Amid Battle Against Islamic State 01/14
bbc.co.uk Kurds look for unity amid Islamic State battle 01/13
aljazeera.com 'This is what being a Kurd is about' 01/10
turkishweekly.net Turkey takes necessary measures against any possible terrorist attack: Foreign Minister 01/10
aina.org Isis Makes Me 'ashamed to Be Muslim,' Says Iraqi 01/09
reuters.com Suspected Kurdish militants attack Turkish police in southeast 01/08
reuters.com Youth killed in clashes in Turkey's Kurdish southeast 01/07
bbc.co.uk Dutch journalist detained in Turkey 01/06
telegraph.co.uk Shock after female suicide attacker hits Istanbul police station 01/06
independent.co.uk Turkey bombing: Female suicide bomber attacks Istanbul police station, killing one and wounding another 01/06
turkishpress.com Death toll rises to 4 after clashes in Turkey 01/04
reuters.com Turkish teenager dies amid Kurdish infighting 12/28
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM warns against 'provocations' 12/28
turkishweekly.net Families ask Erdoğan to keep promise to find perpetrators of Roboski massacre on 3rd anniversary 12/28
dailytimes.com.pk Turkey PM warns against further clashes in southeast : December 28, 2014, 7:19 pm 12/28
turkishweekly.net Three dead in clashes between Turkey's Hizbullah, PKK as PM warns against ‘provocations’ 12/28
turkishweekly.net ‘Provocateurs caught’ in killings in southeastern Turkey 12/28
globalsecurity.org Turkey PM warns against more violence in southeast 12/28
ndtv.com Tension Escalates in Turkey Southeast, 3 Killed: Official 12/27
dailytimes.com.pk Tension escalates in Turkey southeast, two killed: official   : December 27, 2014, 7:40 pm 12/27
reuters.com Two dead in Turkey's southeast as Islamists, Kurds clash 12/27
aina.org Islamists, Kurdish Groups Clash in Turkey, Two Killed 12/27
aljazeera.com Kurdish clashes in south Turkey turn deadly 12/27
realclearworld.com Will Turkey Kill Syria's Chance at Peace? 12/26
turkishweekly.net Turkish minister says 'solution process' going well 12/25
turkishweekly.net Watch your tongue, Ankara tells PKK 12/25
aina.org Senior Kurdish Rebel Leader Warns Iraq Must Stay United to Defeat 'Savage' Isis 12/24
globalsecurity.org Kurds warn Ankara hostilities could resume 12/24
sify.com Senior Kurdish rebel leader says Iraq must stay united to counter IS threat 12/24
usatoday.com Kurdish women line up to take on Islamic State 12/24
stripes.com Kurdish rebels threaten renewed violence in Turkey 12/24
turkishweekly.net Meeting terms with PKK’s jailed leader Öcalan change 12/24
aljazeera.com Kobane: 'Our children never come back' 12/23
reuters.com Landmine explosion wounds seven soldiers in southeast Turkey 12/22
turkishweekly.net Turkish solution process has passed Kobani crisis: HDP 12/22
reuters.com Turkish sociologist acquitted of 1998 blast for fourth time 12/19
huffingtonpost.com From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy 12/19
reuters.com Youth killed in clashes with police in southeast Turkey 12/17
rt.com Kurdish teenager shot dead in clashes with Turkish police 12/17
turkishpress.com One dead in armed attack against Turkish police 12/17
aina.org Turkey and the Islamic State 12/14
aina.org Turkey, Friend or Foe? 12/12
turkishpress.com 'No-one can stop solution process': Erdogan 12/12
crisisgroup.org Turkey, Syria and Saving the PKK Peace Process 12/12
turkishpress.com Turkish Press Review 12/12
turkishweekly.net Turkish gov’t, HDP deny autonomy in negotiations in Kurdish peace process 12/11
turkishweekly.net U.S. denies sending arms to Syria Kurdish militants 12/10
turkishpress.com U.S. denies sending arms to Syria Kurdish militants 12/09
turkishpress.com German politicians worry about rise of right wing group 12/09
turkishweekly.net PYD ‘promised’ US to not give arms to PKK 12/08
usatoday.com Band battles Islamic State over Mount Sinjar in Iraq 12/07
ipsnews.net Iraqi Kurds Seek Greater Balance between Ankara and Baghdad 12/04
turkishweekly.net Government, HDP on fresh track for Kurdish bid 12/01
rferl.org Azerbaijani Suspected Of Mosque Arson Allegedly Fought With Kurds Against IS 12/01
voanews.com Jailed Kurd Leader: Peace Is Possible With Turkey 11/30
turkishweekly.net Government, HDP on fresh track for Kurdish bid 11/30
reuters.com Kurdish deal with Turkey within reach but legal guarantees key: Ocalan 11/30
turkishweekly.net Solution process must go on 11/25
isn.ethz.ch Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process 11/25
turkishweekly.net President cites Oslo talks to justify exclusion of third-party from Kurdish peace process 11/24
turkishweekly.net Cavusoglu says Turkey can differ from US on some issues 11/24
turkishweekly.net Peace bid must be finalized before 2015 elections, Demirtaş says 11/20
aina.org Turkish Government, Kurdish Authorities Argue Over Yazidi Refugees 11/20
dw.de Kurds hold joint front against IS in Kirkuk 11/19
independent.co.uk Huge explosions rock Syrian town of Kobani on Turkish border 11/17
turkishweekly.net Dialogue key to solution process, Turkish deputy PM 11/17
turkishweekly.net Turkish government fiercely rules out third-party involvement in peace process 11/17
turkishweekly.net Öcalan may call for disarmament as of March, Demirtaş says 11/15
turkishweekly.net Dersim apology opens rift in main opposition CHP 11/15
turkishweekly.net Turkish gov’t, HDP seek thaw in Kurdish bid talks 11/13
turkishweekly.net HDP suggests accelerated process for Kurdish bid 11/13
crisisgroup.org A precious chance to end Turkey’s conflict with the Kurds 11/13
turkishweekly.net Turkey determined to stop PKK's activities abroad 11/13
independent.co.uk War with Isis: The forgotten, plucky Kurds under siege in their enclave on Syria’s border with Turkey 11/13
rferl.org Kobani Kurds Use Facebook To Recruit Foreign Fighters In Struggle Against IS 11/13
aina.org Turkey Trapped Between Failed Syria Policy, Kurds 11/12
independent.co.uk War against Isis: PKK commander tasked with the defence of Syrian Kurds claims ‘we will save Kobani’ 11/11
bbc.co.uk Turkey-PKK peace process 'at turning point' 11/11
turkishweekly.net No ban on Kurdish songs in Turkish army: Minister 11/11
aina.org The Problem With Turkey's PKK Peace Process 11/10
pulitzercenter.org What Kobani Means for Turkey’s Kurds 11/09
turkishweekly.net Erdogan: PKK is the same as ISIL 11/08
turkishweekly.net New talks with the PKK head on Kurdish bid 11/07

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.