Turkey - PKK

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

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sputniknews.com Putin Right to Accuse Erdogan of Duplicity – British Historian 11/27
reuters.com Kurdish militant killed in clashes with Turkish police: sources 11/27
turkishweekly.net Southeastern town becomes battlefield after 13-day curfew 11/27
isn.ethz.ch The West's Darling in Syria 11/25
aina.org Amid Russia Row, Turkey Destroys 13 PKK Border Shelters 11/25
turkishweekly.net Police detain PKK suspects in Istanbul operation 11/25
sputniknews.com Turkish Warplanes Enter Iraqi Airspace, Resume Strikes on Kurdish Bases 11/25
turkishweekly.net Police officer martyred in SE Turkey 11/25
huffingtonpost.com How Tensions Between Turkey And Russia Are Making It Harder For The World To Fight ISIS 11/25
news.com.au Turkish jets kill 5 PKK militants: army 11/24
turkishweekly.net A civilian killed at border post in southeast Turkey 11/24
today.az Mine-strewn car explodes in Turkish province 11/24
aina.org Kurdish PKK Forces Occupy 8 Assyrian Villages in North Iraq 11/23
reuters.com Exclusive: Kurdish rebel leader says Turkish intransigence harms fight against Islamic State 11/23
euronews.com Clashes in Nusaybin in south eastern Turkey 11/23
turkishweekly.net Policeman succumbs to wounds in southeast Turkey 11/23
aina.org Syrian Kurdish Refugees in Iraq Protest PYD Conscription 11/23
turkishweekly.net Six soldiers injured in eastern Turkey attack 11/23
reuters.com Turkish warplanes pound Kurdish militant targets in southeast Turkey 11/22
aina.org Turkish Jets Bomb PKK Targets in Northern Iraq 11/22
turkishweekly.net Four HDP MPs start curfew hunger strike against Nusaybin curfew 11/21
turkishweekly.net Turkish jets strike PKK targets in Iraq and southeast Turkey 11/21
turkishweekly.net HDP lawmaker sentenced to six years in jail for alleged PKK links 11/21
reuters.com Turkey launches air strikes on PKK in Iraq and southeast Turkey 11/21
turkishweekly.net UK woman found guilty of PKK terror offenses 11/21
foxnews.com Turkish jets strike at PKK targets in new raids in northern Iraq 11/21
voanews.com Turkey Launches Airstrikes on PKK in Iraq, SE Turkey 11/21
stripes.com Turkish jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq 11/21
nzherald.co.nz Turkish jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq 11/21
turkishweekly.net Turkish jets bomb PKK targets in northern Iraq 11/21
voanews.com US, Turkey Poised for Joint Anti-ISIS Operation, Despite Differences 11/20
turkishweekly.net Fifteen PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey 11/20
tamilguardian.com UK convicts teen for trying to join Kurdish militant fight against Islamic State 11/20
aina.org Assyrian Farmer in Turkey Attacked By Kurds 11/19
reuters.com Clashes in Turkey's southeast leave 12 dead 11/18
cpj.org In Turkey, two journalists accused of creating terrorist propaganda with social media posts 11/18
turkishweekly.net Airport in southeastern district closed for three months 11/18
reuters.com Once-jailed lawmaker again uses Kurdish in Turkey's parliament 11/17
cp-africa.com Djibouti president lauds Turkish peace efforts 11/17
turkishweekly.net Over a dozen suspects held in Istanbul PKK raids 11/16
turkishweekly.net Civilian killed in terror attack in SE Turkey 11/16
turkishweekly.net Turkey: 13 PKK terrorists killed in Hakkari 11/16
realclearworld.com The Kurds Are Winning! 11/16
tribune.com.pk 13 Kurdish rebels killed in new southeast Turkey air strikes: army 11/16
globalsecurity.org 13 Kurdish militants killed in air strikes: Turkish army 11/16
ww4report.com Kurdish forces liberate Sinjar from ISIS 11/15
reuters.com Turkish jets hit Kurdish targets in northern Iraq: security official 11/14
aina.org IS-held Town in Iraq 'Liberated' 11/14
dw.com Kurdish forces enter Sinjar in northern Iraq 11/13
turkishweekly.net Thousands of residents flee Silvan amid ongoing conflict 11/13
turkishweekly.net Turkish Americans urge Obama to help in regional challenges 11/13
reuters.com Turkish forces clash with Kurdish militants in southeast, 12 killed 11/13
dw.com Kurdish forces enter Sinjar in northern Iraq 11/13
foxnews.com 14 killed in clashes between Kurdish rebels, security forces in southeast Turkey 11/13
nzherald.co.nz 14 killed in clashes in southeast Turkey 11/13
turkishweekly.net Istanbul raids target PKK's youth wing 11/13
turkishweekly.net Soldier martyred in anti-PKK op. in Turkey's east 11/13
dw.com Kurds claim Sinjar 'liberated' from IS 11/13
aina.org Kurdish Infighting Complicates Sinjar Offensive 11/13
rferl.org Fourteen Killed In Clashes In Southeastern Turkey 11/13
globalsecurity.org Three soldiers, 11 militants killed in Turkey clashes 11/13
dw.com Kurds claim Sinjar 'liberated' from IS 11/13
vancouversun.com Chris Kilford: Time to kick-start relations with Turkey 11/13
stripes.com Amid offensive, Iraqi Kurds cut Islamic State supply line 11/12
reuters.com After delay, Kurdish forces launch battle to retake Iraq's Sinjar 11/12
bbc.co.uk Turkish town enters ninth day of curfew 11/11
turkishweekly.net Civilian killed, police wounded in Turkey terror attack 11/11
reuters.com Kurdish militants kill three Turkish policemen in car attack 11/11
turkishweekly.net Turkey: One soldier martyred in Diyarbakir 11/11
voanews.com Ankara May Seek to Use Iraqi Kurds Against Syrian Kurdish PYD 11/11
aina.org Ten Killed in Fighting With Kurdish Militants in Turkey 11/11
frontline.in Turkey’s decision to launch air attacks on the Kurdistan Workers Party’s bases is widely viewed as an extremely dangerous move that will further complicate the situation in the region. By JOHN CHERIAN 11/11
turkishweekly.net Three police martyred in Turkey's southeast 11/11
reuters.com Kurdish militant attacks on convoys kill one Turkish soldier, injure 20 11/10
aina.org Turkish President Ignores Isis, Stokes Civil War With Kurds 11/10
turkishweekly.net Army officer martyred in Turkey's southeast PKK attack 11/10
realclearworld.com Turkey's Quiet, Troubling ISIS Game 11/09
reuters.com One killed, five hurt in clashes with Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey 11/09
turkishweekly.net PKK head Ocalan’s case against Greece gets first hearing 11/09
turkishweekly.net Daesh, PKK suspects detained in southeastern Turkey 11/09
aina.org Is Erdogan Waging a War of Choice Against the PKK? 11/09
aina.org Security Forces Kill 13 Kurdish PKK Rebels in Southeastern Turkey 11/08
turkishweekly.net Turkish military releases details of anti-PKK offensive 11/08
aina.org Syrian Christians Alarmed By Kurdish PYD's Evacuation Policy 11/08
turkishweekly.net Turkey: One soldier martyred and five PKK killed 11/07
turkishweekly.net Turkish army releases details of anti-PKK offensive 11/07
turkishweekly.net Turkey plans major winter operations against ISIL, PKK 11/06
aina.org The Road Back to Turkey's Peace Talks 11/06
voanews.com West's Relations With Turkey Likely Face Rocky Road Ahead 11/06
turkishweekly.net Businesses in east, southeast want Kurdish peace bid back 11/06
reuters.com Turkish army kills 16 Kurdish rebels in latest clash near Iraq border 11/05
voanews.com Turkey's PKK Militants End Cease-fire 11/05
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM: Operations against PKK to continue in winter 11/05
upi.com PKK ends ceasefire with Turkey after Erdogan vows their demise 11/05
reuters.com Tired of gunbattles, some Turkish Kurds hope ruling party victory brings peace 11/05
debka.com Turkey's PKK announces end of cease-fire with Ankara 11/05
stripes.com After wartime election, Turkey and Kurds signal interest in peace talks 11/05
rferl.org PKK Ends Cease-Fire In Turkey 11/05
turkishweekly.net Turkey: '31 PKK terrorists' killed in Hakkari operation 11/05
bbc.co.uk PKK declares end to truce in Turkey 11/05


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.