Turkey - PKK

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

Recent articles:

reuters.com Jailed Kurdish leader says peace talks with Turkey entered new phase 10/21
realclearworld.com Does Obama Know PKK Can Be Allies? 10/21
turkishweekly.net Turkey won't bow to unfair criticism from West: Erdogan 10/21
dawn.com US airdrops weapons for Kurds 10/21
dw.de Ex-US ambassador: Kobani will not fall 10/21
turkishweekly.net Turkey adopts tough measures against violation of public order 10/21
impunitywatch.com One Week After Bombing PKK targets, Turkey Allows Peshmerga Fighters to Cross into Syria 10/21
mercurynews.com Turkey says it's helping Iraqi Kurds cross into Syria; U.S. airdrops weapons 10/20
turkishweekly.net President Erdoğan says PYD ‘no different than PKK’ for Turkey 10/20
bbc.co.uk Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight 10/20
punchng.com Turkey to let Iraq Kurds join fight against IS 10/20
turkishweekly.net US resupplies Kurdish forces in Kobani 10/20
horseedmedia.net Mareykanka oo hub siiyey Kurdiyiinta la dagaalamaya kooxda Daacish 10/20
realclearworld.com U.S. Dropping Supplies Into Kobani 10/20
ynetnews.com US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian border town Kobani 10/20
euronews.com US air drops arms to Kurdish forces defending Kobani 10/20
aysor.am US airdrops arms, medical aid for Kurdish defenders in Kobani 10/20
tamilguardian.com Turkey to allow Kurds to join battle for Kobane 10/20
dw.de Turkey to 'facilitate' travel for Iraqi Kurds to Kobani 10/20
scmp.com US arms Kurds fighting Islamic State in Kobani, calls resistance impressive 10/20
dw.de Turkey to 'facilitate' travel for Iraqi Kurdish fighters to Kobani 10/20
csmonitor.com Turkey says Iraqi Kurds can fight in Kobane. Could they make a difference? (+video) 10/20
huffingtonpost.com Women Fighting ISIS Share Stories From The Battlefield 10/20
gmanetwork.com Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as US drops arms to defenders 10/20
telegraph.co.uk Turkey relents and allows Kurdish forces to join the fight against Islamic State 10/20
euronews.com Fighting breaks out again in Kobani as Kurdish defenders wait for reinforcements 10/20
euronews.com Turkey feels sustained NATO ally pressures over Kobani Kurds 10/20
telegraph.co.uk Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds across the Syrian border to fight the Islamic State in Kobane 10/20
dailytimes.com.pk 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds in Kobane against IS: Kerry : October 20, 2014, 6:24 pm 10/20
stripes.com Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds 10/19
sify.com Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS 10/19
sify.com Turkey helping Kurdish fighters cross into Kobani 10/19
slate.fr Le drame de Kobané pourrait nous permettre de mieux connaître les Kurdes de Turquie 10/19
en.ria.ru US Airdrops Arms, Medical Aid for Kurdish Defenders in Kobani: Centcom 10/19
rferl.org Turkey Rejects Arming Main Syrian Kurdish Party 10/19
israelnationalnews.com Erdogan: No Help for Kurds Via Turkey 10/19
sify.com US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani 10/19
euronews.com Turkey refuses to arm Kurds fighting ISIL in Kobani 10/19
turkishweekly.net Davutoglu rules out one-sided talks in solution process 10/18
globalsecurity.org Turkey-PKK Peace Deal Shaky but Not Broken 10/18
sify.com Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds 10/18
thestar.com U.S.-led strike on Islamic State-held gas facility in eastern Syria kills 8 10/18
aina.org US Meets With Syrian Kurds Linked to Terror Group 10/17
america.aljazeera.com New respect for PKK fighters after repelling ISIL 10/17
nzherald.co.nz Kurds sharing intel with US for Syria strikes 10/17
turkishweekly.net German foreign minister denies proposal to arm PKK 10/17
israelnationalnews.com US Talking Directly With Kurdish Fighters 10/17
globalsecurity.org Germany Leaving Options Open for Arming PKK 10/17
vancouversun.com Chris Kilford: Turkey's miscalculation 10/17
voanews.com Turkey-PKK Peace Deal Shaky but Not Broken 10/17
turkishweekly.net Davutoglu rules out one-sided solution to peace talks 10/17
turkishweekly.net Turkey opposes Germany sending arms to PKK 10/17
realclearworld.com Rumblings of Kurdish Wars 10/17
voanews.com Germany Leaving Options Open for Arming PKK 10/16
voanews.com US, Turkey at Odds Over Strategy Against Islamic State 10/16
reuters.com With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan still bring Kurds peace? 10/16
reuters.com Merkel ally leaves option open of arming PKK 10/16
panorama.am Turkey allowing ISIL to attack Kobani – analyst 10/16
france24.com US in controversial first talks with Syrian Kurdish party 10/16
nzherald.co.nz US meets with Syrian Kurds linked to terror group 10/16
huffingtonpost.com Militarily, Germany Should Stay Out of the War on ISIS 10/16
bbc.co.uk Dutch bikers join fight against IS 10/15
turkishweekly.net Turkish government empowers police amid Kurdish dialogue 10/15
globalsecurity.org Turkish Airstrikes on PKK Threaten Peace Process 10/15
usatoday.com Kurdish separatist: Turkey bombed peace process 10/15
dawn.com Poor Turkish strategy 10/15
bbc.co.uk Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels 10/14
foxnews.com Report: Turkish jets hit PKK Kurdish rebel targets in 1st airstrikes since peace talks began 10/14
independent.co.uk Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish rebel positions near Iraq border 10/14
turkishweekly.net Turkish fighter jets bomb PKK positions for first time since start of peace bid 10/14
dw.de Turkey bombs Kurdish rebel targets 10/14
globalsecurity.org PKK condemns Turkey's military airstrikes against its fighters 10/14
realclearworld.com Erdogan of Arabia 10/14
mypetjawa.mu.nu Obama's Coalition Partner Bombs Kurds 10/14
reuters.com Mideast crisis widens as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants 10/14
aina.org Turkey Bombs Kurdish Separatists 10/14
independent.co.uk 'The world is against Isis,' Barack Obama says as international coalition forms strategy 10/14
france24.com Is Turkey really committed to peace with the Kurds? 10/14
nytimes.com State Department on Turkish Airstrikes 10/14
globalsecurity.org Turkey bombs PKK targets in Hakkari province 10/14
rt.com Turkey bombs Kurdish PKK rebel positions, Kobani inaction threatens ceasefire 10/14
usatoday.com Turkish attack on Kurdish rebels threatens peace talks 10/14
realclearworld.com Turkey Has Been Drawn into the Conflict 10/14
stripes.com Report: Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets 10/14
tamilguardian.com Turkey denies air base deal as jets bombs PKK 10/14
aljazeera.com Turkey bombs Kurdish PKK targets in south 10/14
telegraph.co.uk Turkey 'bombs Kurdish rebels' as tensions rise over Isil advance 10/14
turkishweekly.net Huge amount of explosives ‘that could destroy a city’ seized in southeast Turkey 10/14
realclearworld.com Turkey Can't Solve Syria Crisis 10/13
stripes.com Islamic State magazine article exults sexual slavery, rape 10/13
en.ria.ru Turkey Prefers IS Over YPG at Its Doorstep, Opposing Weapons Supply to Kurds: Analyst 10/13
sify.com Report: Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets 10/13
realclearworld.com Kurds See ISIS as a Turkish Subcontractor 10/13
turkishweekly.net Germany against removal of PKK from EU terror list 10/13
turkishweekly.net Assad regime should be target: Turkish President 10/13
euronews.com Turkey's strategy balance with Kurds on Syrian border 10/13
telegraph.co.uk Kobane: Teenage girls fight as Turkish forces stand back 10/12
reuters.com Turkish foreign minister says Kobani corridor for weapons, fighters unrealistic: France 24 10/12
euronews.com Calls for a 'humanitarian corridor' between Turkey and besieged Kobani 10/12
globalsecurity.org Turkish Troops Fire on Kurdish Protesters 10/11

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.