Turkey - PKK

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

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turkishweekly.net 52 civilians killed by Kurdish group in Syria 09/15
aina.org Battle Against ISIS Continues After Coalitions, New Iraqi Government Form 09/15
globalsecurity.org PKK's Success in Battling Islamic State Could Boost Image 09/12
voanews.com PKK's Success in Battling Islamic State Could Boost Image 09/11
turkishweekly.net 5 kidnapped children released in eastern Turkey 09/10
news.com.au The army that could stop IS 09/10
turkishweekly.net Turkey 'closer' to finalizing solution process: Arinc 09/09
sky.com UK To Send Machine Guns And Ammo To Iraq 09/09
dw.de A cup of tea with the PKK 09/08
stripes.com Behind Islamic State's advance: 'sophisticated, patient and focused' plans 09/08
turkishweekly.net Turkish FM wary of arms aid to Iraq falling into PKK hands 09/08
stripes.com In place of 'boots on the ground,' US seeks contractors for Iraq 09/07
stripes.com UN report confirms nuke probe of Iran stalled 09/06
stripes.com Flight plan dispute puts plane on ground in Iran 09/05
stripes.com Report: Top aide to al-Baghdadi, 2 others killed 09/04
nzherald.co.nz Germany arrests alleged local Kurdish PKK leader 09/03
aina.org Suspected Regional Kurdish Separatist Leader Arrested in Germany 09/03
turkishweekly.net Kurdish peace bid in new government program as a first 09/02
stripes.com In Iraq, residents of Amerli celebrate end of Islamic State's siege 09/02
foxnews.com ISIS fighters terrified of death at hands of female PKK warriors 09/02
sify.com Germany arrests alleged local Kurdish PKK leader 09/02
aina.org How the Nsa Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels 09/01
abc.net.au No guarantee arms for Kurds won't end up with PKK: experts 09/01
stripes.com Yazidis tell harrowing tales of torture, mass killings and abduction as they flee Islamic State 09/01
stripes.com Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire 09/01
spiegel.de A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is 'Partner and Target' for the NSA 08/31
dw.de PKK - from terrorist threat to ally? 08/30
stripes.com Hagel going to Turkey as US tries to build ‘coalition of the willing’ against the Islamic State 08/29
stripes.com Islamic State video depicts beheading of Kurdish soldier, warns against US alliance 08/29
voanews.com Erdogan’s First Step: Secure More Power in New Role in Turkey 08/29
dalje.com Erdogan sworn in as Turkish president amid opposition protests 08/27
ww4report.com Turkish border forces bar Yazidi refugees 08/26
chinadaily.com.cn Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in Turkey 08/26
turkishweekly.net Merkel defends German decision to arm Kurds 08/25
turkishweekly.net No Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK: Merkel 08/25
stripes.com Peshmerga recapture oil, farming center in wake of airstrikes 08/25
scmp.com Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in Turkey 08/25
nzherald.co.nz Report: 3 Chinese workers abducted in Turkey 08/25
reuters.com Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in southeast Turkey: sources 08/25
english.people.com.cn 3 Chinese engineers kidnapped by PKK in southeastern Turkey 08/25
nzherald.co.nz Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK 08/24
foxnews.com Germany's Merkel rules out sending combat troops to Iraq and giving weapons to Kurdish PKK 08/24
aina.org U.S.-Designated Terrorist Group Now an Ally Against Islamic State 08/24
turkishweekly.net Hakkari leads southeast in exports 08/23
ww4report.com THE NEW PKK 08/23
sify.com Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK 08/23
huffingtonpost.com Young Kurds From Turkey Flock To Iraq And Syria To Fight 08/22
aina.org 'Terrorists' Help U.S. in Battle Against Islamic State in Iraq 08/22
csmonitor.com Terrorist or ally? A Kurdish militia joins the fight against the Islamic State 08/22
reuters.com 'Terrorists' help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq 08/21
dailytimes.com.pk ‘Terrorists’ help US in battle against IS in Iraq 08/21
reuters.com Turkish soldier killed in clashes with Kurdish militants 08/20
turkishweekly.net One killed over demolition of PKK statue in Turkey 08/19
nzherald.co.nz Clash over Kurdish rebel statue in Turkey kills 1 08/19
turkishweekly.net One killed in clashes during operation to remove controversial statue of PKK founder 08/19
thetakeaway.org Blood & Belief: Can the U.S. Partner With a Terrorist Group? 08/19
tamilguardian.com Kurdish protestor killed in clashes as Turkey removes PKK statue 08/19
bbc.co.uk Protester dies in Turkey statue row 08/19
reuters.com Kurd shot dead in clash over statue with Turkish forces 08/19
telegraph.co.uk 'It is time to take up arms': Yazidi volunteers fight back against Islamic State 08/18
turkishweekly.net Germany spying on Turkey 'must end' 08/18
spiegel.de The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq 08/18
stripes.com Common enemy Islamic State draws Kurdish factions together 08/17
stripes.com Advances by Sunni extremists bring Kurdish groups together 08/17
dailytimes.com.pk Jailed Kurdish leader says war with Turkey nearing end : August 17, 2014, 8:03 pm 08/17
ndtv.com Kurds Advance on Key Iraq Dam, Sunnis Hit Jihadists 08/17
reuters.com Jailed Kurdish leader says war with Turkey nearing end: Firatnews 08/17
aljazeera.com Kurdish rivals unite to fight Islamic State 08/16
reuters.com Iraqi Kurdish leader appeals to Germany for weapons 08/16
ndtv.com Kurds Fight to Retake Iraq's Largest Dam After 'Massacre' 08/16
ww4report.com New massacres in Iraq; Hezbollah joins the fray 08/16
bbc.co.uk Turkey's Kurdish women eye equality 08/15
france24.com Strange bedfellows: terror groups, Kurdish factions unite against ISIS 08/15
ndtv.com EU Gives European Governments Go-Ahead to Arm Iraqi Kurds 08/15
csmonitor.com Are the US, France, and UK lining up to support the 'terrorist' PKK in Iraq? 08/15
france24.com Video: Kurdish factions unite in fight against jihadists in Iraq 08/13
mcclatchydc.com U.S. airstrikes helped, but Kurds from Syria turned tide against Islamic State 08/11
tamilnet.com Sri Lanka: Kurds display self-reliance and unity in the midst of world apathy 08/11
foxnews.com French foreign minister goes to Iraq to oversee aid deliveries to persecuted minority groups 08/10
ndtv.com Islamic State Militants Tell 300 Yazidi Families: Convert or Die 08/09
turkishpress.com IS steps up efforts to seize Kurdish town 08/08
gmanetwork.com Female Kurdish reporter killed in Iraq conflict 08/08
scmp.com Kurds join forces to save thousands trapped on mountain from Islamic State jihadists 08/07
france24.com Kurds unite in bid to rescue Yazidi minority 08/06
dw.de Kurdish forces go on the offensive against IS militants in Iraq 08/06
aljazeera.com Turkey's presidential elections: What is at stake? 08/06
aina.org Kurds Unite to Oust Iraq Jihadists, Rescue Stranded Civilians 08/06
dw.de Kurds join forces to confront jihadists in Iraq 08/06
euronews.com Kurdish vote has added value in Turkey 08/05
strategypage.com COUNTER-TERRORISM: Turkey And The Fraying Kurdish Ceasefire 07/31
turkishweekly.net I briefed Turkish PM in person, arrested police officer claims 07/30
voanews.com Turkish Kurds Want Ankara to Declare Stance on ISIL 07/25
turkishweekly.net Third Turkish soldier dies after deadly clashes with militants on Syrian border 07/23
aina.org Reconciliation Process Will Help Turkish Assyrians Return Home 07/17
aljazeera.com Turkey approves law allowing talks with PKK 07/15
reuters.com Turkish president approves Kurdish peace process law 07/15
aina.org Turkish Candidate Speaks With Representatives From Different Faiths 07/14
turkishweekly.net AKP mayor of town bordering Syria escapes from car bomb attack after PM Erdoğan rally 07/14
reuters.com Turkish mayor says five wounded in attack on his car after Erdogan rally 07/14
tamilguardian.com Turkey legislation paves way for PKK peace talks 07/12

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.