Turkey - PKK

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

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turkishweekly.net 8 terrorists killed in clashes in SE Turkey 10/05
turkishweekly.net Soldier martyred in Turkey’s southeast attack 10/05
turkishweekly.net Turkey: 'Over 2,000 PKK terrorists killed since July 22' 10/05
euractiv.com Erdogan brings Turkish election campaign to Strasbourg, Brussels 10/05
bbc.co.uk Fantasies of happy ever after push Syrians towards Europe 10/05
foxnews.com Authorities probe claims security forces dragged corpse in southeast Turkey 10/04
aljazeera.com Would a no fly zone in Syria serve any purpose? 10/04
reuters.com Fourteen Kurdish militants dead in clashes: local governor 10/04
af.reuters.com Turkish jets strike PKK targets in eastern Turkey, Iraq - Anadolu Agency 10/04
euronews.com Turkish president accused of electioneering on foreign trip 10/04
turkishweekly.net Turkey: 5-year jail term sought for Diyarbakir mayor 10/03
grnlive.com Turkey kills over 10 Kurdish militants, 44 people detained in Istanbul 10/03
turkishweekly.net Fight against terror 'a joint responsibility': Erdogan 10/02
turkishweekly.net Turkey: 2 soldiers martyred, 2 injured in PKK attacks 10/02
turkishweekly.net HDP vows to cut presidential power to symbolic level 10/02
reuters.com Turkey detains 44 people in raids targeting Kurdish militants: media 10/02
voanews.com Ballot Box Relocations Raise Fears for Turkey's Election 10/02
turkishweekly.net Turkish security forces say 17 PKK killed in operation 10/02
turkishweekly.net PKK is 'foreign pawn' says Turkish parliament speaker 10/02
globalsecurity.org Turkey soldiers kill 17 'PKK militants' 10/02
euronews.com Turkish soldiers killed by suspected Kurdish militants in Diyarbakir 10/01
turkishweekly.net Two soldiers killed in PKK attack in Diyarbakır 10/01
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Three held in Diyarbakir anti-terror probe 10/01
turkishweekly.net Two soldiers martyred in PKK attack in southeast Turkey 10/01
turkishweekly.net Four killed in PKK attacks in Turkey’s southeast 09/30
globalsecurity.org Turkish warplanes hit 24 PKK targets in southeast 09/30
tehrantimes.com AKP’s approach vis-à-vis Kurds and future of elections 09/30
reuters.com Turkish military says bombarded 24 Kurdish militant targets in southeast 09/30
turkishweekly.net Civilians pay heavy price in indiscriminate PKK attacks 09/30
aina.org Clashes Between Turkish Security Forces, Kurdish Rebels Kill About 60 09/30
dw.com Turkey kills dozens of Kurdish rebels in border raid 09/29
tribune.com.pk Turkey kills 30 Kurdish rebels in cross-border raid: Erdogan 09/29
turkishweekly.net Erdogan accuses PKK of 'exploiting' Kurds 09/29
stripes.com Turkey: 25 PKK rebels, 2 policemen reported killed 09/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Policeman shot dead in gun attack 09/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Gun attack policeman dies in hospital 09/29
reuters.com Five children hurt in bomb blast in southeast Turkey 09/29
turkishweekly.net Turkish military: 22 PKK killed in southeast clashes 09/29
turkishweekly.net PKK blast injures five children in southeastern Turkey 09/29
globalsecurity.org 22 militants killed in Turkey-PKK clashes in Sirnak: Turkish officials 09/29
globalsecurity.org Turkey kills over 30 PKK militants in cross-border raid: Erdogan 09/29
upi.com Turkish president: 30 PKK militants killed in overnight raids across Iraqi border 09/29
rferl.org Clashes Between Turkey And PKK Kill Around 60 09/29
reuters.com Turkey's Erdogan says over 30 Kurdish militants killed in cross border raids on Friday 09/29
turkishweekly.net Turkish military says air operations killed 25 PKK 09/29
foxnews.com Rocket fired by Kurdish rebels in Turkey misses target, kills 9-year-old girl 09/28
globalsecurity.org Turkish Security Zones Prompt Human Rights Concerns for Kurds 09/28
euractiv.com Turkish opposition leader: Erdogan seeks a single party government 09/28
turkishweekly.net Turkish FM points out ‘international roots’ of terror 09/28
stripes.com Girl killed by rocket fired by Kurdish rebels in Turkey 09/28
turkishweekly.net Turkey: 9-year-old girl killed in PKK Diyarbakir attack 09/28
reuters.com Five children wounded in bomb blast in Turkey's southeast 09/28
turkishweekly.net HDP co-chair signals coalition with CHP 09/28
tehrantimes.com Nazmi Gur: Erdogan responsible for conflicts in Turkey 09/27
dw.com Kurdish party urges German role to end conflict in Turkey 09/27
globalsecurity.org Turkish commander killed in PKK clashes 09/27
af.reuters.com Girl killed, five wounded by militant rocket in Turkey - governor 09/27
reuters.com A new generation of Kurdish militants takes fight to Turkey's cities 09/27
aljazeera.com Turkey says scores killed in southeastern clashes 09/26
euractiv.com Turkey asks world to ignore campaign against Kurds 09/25
dw.com Turkish soldiers, and Kurdish militants killed 09/25
reuters.com Two Turkish soldiers, 34 Kurdish militants killed: security sources 09/25
reuters.com Turkey to seek support of world leaders for its militant crackdown 09/24
globalsecurity.org Erdogan Blasts US on Support of Syrian Kurd Fighters 09/24
reuters.com Turkish jets pound Kurdish militant camp in northern Iraq: security sources 09/23
huffingtonpost.com Middle Eastern conflicts spill onto Spanish soccer pitch 09/23
stripes.com Syrian Kurd offensive on Islamic State that US once lauded has stalled 09/23
turkishweekly.net Turkish village guard martyred in PKK attack 09/22
turkishweekly.net UN underlines violence committed by Syrian Kurdish group 09/22
reuters.com Two pro-Kurdish ministers quit Turkish interim government 09/22
turkishweekly.net Turkish fighter jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq 09/22
turkishweekly.net Turkey: 24 soldiers injured in PKK bomb attacks 09/22
dw.com Kurdish ministers quit Turkish government amid row over PKK rebels 09/22
turkishweekly.net Two PKK terrorists killed in Turkey's southeast 09/22
turkishweekly.net Turkey's effective anti-PKK operations 09/22
tehrantimes.com ‘AKP could be main loser in elections if current situation continues’ 09/22
jamestown.org Could Russia Have Had a Role in Recent PKK Attacks on Turkish Pipelines? 09/22
turkishweekly.net Turkey: PKK threatens dam projects in southeast 09/21
turkishweekly.net CHP leader criticizes ‘anti-terrorism’ rally 09/21
antaranews.com One millionT turks hold anti-terror rally in Istanbul 09/21
reuters.com As Turkish election looms, Erdogan presses pro-Kurdish opposition 09/21
turkishweekly.net Turkey’s AK Party officially starts election campaign 09/21
dailytimes.com.pk Tens of thousands protest in Turkey against Kurdish “terrorism” : September 21, 2015, 9:55 am 09/21
aina.org Middle East Crisis Making Assyrians Leave Turkey 09/21
dawn.com Over 100,000 attend Erdogan’s anti-terrorism rally 09/21
aina.org Erdogan's Deadly Ambitions 09/21
turkishweekly.net UN underlines violence committed by Syrian Kurdish group 09/21
turkishweekly.net F-16 strikes 'kill up to 35 PKK terrorists' 09/20
foxnews.com 10,000 protest in Turkey against violence by Kurdish rebels under anti-terror banner 09/20
euronews.com 100,000 attend 'anti-terrorism rally' in Istanbul, Turkey 09/20
aljazeera.com Masses gather for 'anti-terrorism' rally in Turkey 09/20
nzherald.co.nz 10,000 protest in Turkey against Kurdish rebel violence 09/20
tribune.com.pk Turkish army ‘kills at least 55′ in new airstrikes on Kurdish rebels: report 09/19
voanews.com Turkish Warplanes Kill 55 Kurdish Rebels in Iraq 09/19
aljazeera.com Turkey air strikes 'kill' scores of Kurdish rebels 09/19
turkishweekly.net Dozens of PKK militants killed in Turkey's latest strikes: Reports 09/19
reuters.com Turkish jets hit Kurdish militant camps in Iraq, at least 55 killed: sources 09/19
aljazeera.com Kurdish city battered by Turkey's crackdown 09/19
aina.org Turkish Warplanes Kill 55 Kurdish Rebels in Iraq 09/19
turkishweekly.net Roadside bomb injures three in eastern Turkey 09/18


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.