Turkey - PKK

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

Recent articles:

aina.org Council of Europe Raises Alarm Over Abuses Against Kurds in Turkey 12/03
voanews.com 3 Turkish Soldiers Killed Clashes in Kurdish Region 12/02
voanews.com American Volunteer Who Died Fighting in Syria Was Kurd Loyalist 12/02
globalsecurity.org Turkey Vows to Prevent Creation of Kurdish Militia Corridor in Syria 12/01
globalsecurity.org Erdogan Says EU Must Fulfill Obligations Under Refugee Deal With Turkey 12/01
dw.com What's Turkey's military goal in Syria? 12/01
today.az 29 PKK terrorists 'neutralized' in SE Turkey operations 11/30
globalsecurity.org PKK militants kill 2 soldiers in Turkey's east: Sources 11/28
cpj.org Blog: Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 27 11/28
nbcnews.com BBC, Voice of America Reporters Detained in Southeast Turkey 11/27
rt.com BBC, VoA reporters detained in southeast Turkey 11/27
tribune.com.pk Istanbul airport: Turkey detains ‘Kurdish female militant’ 11/27
dw.com Turkey arrests, releases WDR journalist Hatice Kamer 11/27
aina.org Court Jails Kurdish Co-mayors in Eastern Turkey 11/26
latimes.com How the post-coup purge is gutting Turkish education, possibly for decades to come 11/26
dw.com German court cites Turkey's support for terrorism in Kurdish militant case 11/25
aina.org Turkey Reinstates Over 6000 Suspended Teachers 11/25
today.az Turkish jets kill 9 PKK terrorists in SE Turkey 11/25
thelocal.de Turkish spy in Bremen plotted murder of 2 Kurds: report 11/25
scmp.com Iraqi forces cut off Islamic State’s last supply line to Mosul, setting stage for bloody end game 11/24
today.az Blast in Southern Turkey kills two [UPDATE] 11/24
aina.org Turkey's Unprecedented Crackdown Sparks Little Unrest 11/24
dw.com Turkish court rules to keep novelist Asli Erdogan in prison on 'terror' charges 11/23
dw.com Turkey's Erdogan shrugs off threat of EU membership freeze 11/23
voanews.com Turkey Increases Pressure on Syrian Kurds 11/23
aljazeera.com Mosul: Supply line secured, severing ISIL from Syria 11/23
aina.org Turkish, Iraqi Kurdish Region Premiers Discuss Mosul 11/23
dnaindia.com Iraq forces cut off Islamic State-held Mosul from Syria 11/23
reuters.com Turkey dismisses close to 15,000 more in post-coup probe 11/22
aina.org Turkey Undertakes Another Round of Mass, Post-coup Firings 11/22
bbc.co.uk Turkey seeks arrest of Syrian Kurdish political leader 11/22
stripes.com Turkey issues arrest warrants for Syrian Kurdish leader 11/22
reuters.com Followers of cleric Gulen still active in Turkish police, armed forces, Erdogan says 11/22
dw.com Turkey indicts top Syrian Kurdish leader 11/22
globalsecurity.org Turkey issues warrant for arrest of Kurdish leader in Syria 11/22
aljazeera.com Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish leader 11/22
euractiv.com Erdogan demands support against PKK at NATO meeting 11/21
globalsecurity.org Erdogan calls for NATO, EU support against PKK militants 11/21
rt.com 15 arrested after Kurds clash with pro-Erdogan demonstrators in Paris – media 11/20
aina.org ISIS Claims 198 Kurdish Fighters Killed in Northern Raqqa 11/18
aina.org Elected Mayors Arrested, Erdogan Takes Kurdish Cities 11/18
today.az Terrorist killed in southern Turkey 11/17
dw.com Turkish police detain Van's pro-Kurdish mayor 11/17
voanews.com Is Turkey's Military Becoming Overstretched? 11/17
reuters.com Turkey aims to fully secure borders early next year with Syria campaign 11/17
euractiv.com Germany ready to cooperate with Turkey on terrorism and PKK 11/17
aina.org In Continuing Purge, Turkey Removes Only Assyrian Mayor 11/17
dnaindia.com Recep Erdogan says Turkish-backed rebels close to taking Syria's al Bab 11/16
voanews.com Kurdish Forces Meet Turkish Demands, Leave Northern Syrian Town 11/16
bbc.co.uk Syria conflict: Kurdish YPG militia to leave Manbij 11/16
af.reuters.com German domestic spy chief rejects Turkey's allegation it harbours PKK militants 11/15
today.az Turkish FM slams EU chief’s remarks on terror arrests 11/14
today.az Turkish president reiterates call for death penalty 11/13
thelocal.de 25,000 Kurds protest against Erdogan in Germany 11/13
dw.com Kurds, Alevis protest Erdogan, Turkey regime in Cologne 11/12
reuters.com Turkish airstrikes kill 18 Islamic State militants in northern Syria: army 11/12
today.az Turkey shuts 370 terror-linked NGOs 11/12
nzherald.co.nz Kurdish demonstrators rally against Erdogan in Cologne 11/12
reuters.com Turkish district governor dies after southeast bomb attack: media 11/11
foxnews.com Turkish official dies of wounds a day after attack 11/11
dw.com Report: Cumhuriyet publisher detained 11/11
cpj.org CPJ Highlights: November edition 11/11
tribune.com.pk Blast kills govt official in southeast Turkey 11/11
aljazeera.com Turkish regional official dies of blast wounds 11/11
globalsecurity.org Turkish Forces Kill 14 PKK Fighters in Tunceli Province 11/11
globalsecurity.org Turkey Closes 370 Associations Over Terror Links 11/11
voanews.com Report: Explosion in Kurdish Turkey Wounds Governor, Several More 11/10
dw.com Explosion hits offices of governor in southeastern Turkey 11/10
dnaindia.com Blast rocks governor's residence in southeast Turkey, some hurt 11/10
reuters.com Bomb blast wounds three at governor's office in southeast Turkey 11/10
aina.org Kurdish Rebels Attack Government Building in Turkey 11/10
globalsecurity.org Turkish Armed Forces Kill 19 PKK Members in Southeast of Country - General Staff 11/10
aina.org Turkey Hits Dozens of 'terrorist' Targets in Syria 11/10
reuters.com Turkey seeks life sentences in pro-Kurdish newspaper trial: state media 11/10
aljazeera.com Government official wounded in Turkey attack 11/10
globalsecurity.org US Syria Policy Unlikely to Change After Trump Victory - PYD Kurdish Party 11/09
globalsecurity.org Turkish Army Destroys 90 Daesh Targets in Northern Syria – General Staff 11/09
france24.com In Raqqa offensive, Kurds seek 'insurance' against Turkish attack 11/08
dw.com Prosecutors withdraw terrorist propaganda charges against German footballer Naki 11/08
rferl.org Turkey Raises Concerns Over Role Of Syrian Kurds In Operation To Retake Raqqa 11/08
reuters.com Turkish foreign minister says Germany supporting militant groups 11/08
bbc.co.uk German footballer Naki on trial in Turkey over Kurdish link 11/08
dw.com Reporters Without Borders representative on trial in Turkey for 'terror propaganda' 11/08
globalsecurity.org Turkish Army Destroys 57 Daesh Targets in Northern Syria – General Staff 11/08
csmonitor.com How Turkey's arrest of Kurdish lawmakers risks further civil strife 11/08
globalsecurity.org Ankara Accuses US of Arming Syrian Kurds Despite Assurances to the Contrary 11/08
globalsecurity.org Turkish FM Slams Germany for Allegedly Supporting PKK, Gulen Followers 11/08
rt.com ‘Germany thinks Turkey is 2nd class’: Ankara lashes out at Berlin for supporting Kurdish groups 11/08
globalsecurity.org Germany main sponsor of anti-Ankara terrorists: Turkish FM 11/08
rferl.org Syrian Kurds Clash With IS Militants Near Raqqa 11/07
cpj.org Blog: Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 6 11/07
rt.com New EU report slams Turkey for ‘relapse’ in attacks on press freedom – German media 11/07
aljazeera.com Why the Turkey-KRG alliance works, for now 11/07
aljazeera.com Turkey president: 'Naive' to fight 'terror with terror' 11/07
telegraph.co.uk Erdogan accuses of Europe of abetting terrorism amid crackdown on Kurdish groups 11/06
foxnews.com Kurdish militant group TAK claims Turkey car bomb attack 11/06
reuters.com Erdogan says Europe aiding terrorism with support for Kurdish militants 11/06
france24.com Turkey's pro-Kurd party to boycott parliament after MP arrests 11/06
bbc.co.uk Turkey's pro-Kurd HDP party boycotts parliament after arrests 11/06
dailytrust.com.ng Germany, France, other EU countries aiding terrorism in Turkey- Erdogan 11/06

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.