Turkey - PKK

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

Recent articles:

reuters.com Kurdish militants kill three Turkish militia members: sources 09/29
today.az Turkish jets hit PKK shelters, gun positions 09/29
voanews.com US-Turkish Tensions Re-emerge 09/28
aina.org What is Turkey's Military Strategy in Syria? 09/28
mypetjawa.mu.nu How Not To Win Friends in the Western World 09/27
globalsecurity.org Kurds' Participation in Raqqa Liberation to Put Syria's Future at Risk - Ankara 09/27
aina.org Turkish Warplanes Hit PKK Targets in Northern Iraq 09/27
tribune.com.pk Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack 09/26
today.az Turkish soldiers wounded as military convoy hit by blast 09/26
foxnews.com US: 'Credible' terror threats targeting US-branded hotels in Turkey 09/26
stripes.com Kurdish rebel attacks on soldiers in Turkey kill 10 09/26
voanews.com Kurdish Teachers' Arrests Heighten Concerns About Turkey's Emergency Rule 09/26
aljazeera.com Ten Turkish troops killed in two separate 'PKK attacks' 09/26
foxnews.com Kurdish rebel attacks on soldiers in Turkey reportedly kill 10 09/26
aina.org Kurdish Rebel Attacks on Soldiers in Turkey Reportedly Kill 10 09/26
globalsecurity.org Bombing, violent clashes kill 10 troops in southeast Turkey 09/26
reuters.com Explosion hits Turkish army convoy in Kurdish southeast, eight hurt: sources 09/26
dailytimes.com.pk Two killed in clashes with PKK in southeast Turkey: report 09/24
today.az Shootout in Turkey, one serviceman killed 09/24
rferl.org Erdogan Says Washington Sends Weapons To Syrian Kurd Fighters 09/23
huffingtonpost.com Turkey And The PKK: Mutual Violence Is Not The Answer 09/22
aina.org Turkish PM Says Ankara Cannot Agree With U.S. on Kurdish YPG 09/22
today.az Erdogan, Biden meet in New York 09/22
today.az Village guard martyred in southeast Turkey 09/22
voanews.com In Remote Eastern Turkey, Villagers Eye EU Visa Deal With Interest 09/21
globalsecurity.org Turkey Braces for Possible Spike in Ethnic Tensions 09/21
reuters.com Turkey village guard killed in militant clash, aerial operation underway: sources 09/21
aina.org Turkish Jets Kill 4 PKK Terrorists in Northern Iraq 09/20
voanews.com Turkey Braces for Possible Spike in Ethnic Tensions 09/20
aina.org Turkey Accuses Kurdish YPG of Crimes At UN 09/20
aina.org 5 PKK Members Killed in Military Operations in Iraq, Turkey 09/18
globalsecurity.org Fresh clashes kill 3 Turkish troops, 4 PKK militants in restive southeast 09/17
reuters.com Turkish soldiers, Kurdish militants killed in violence in Turkey's southeast 09/17
tribune.com.pk Three Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with PKK 09/17
aina.org Syrian Kurds Wage Hunger Strike to Decry PYD Violations 09/16
aina.org Turkey Demands Role in Mosul Battle, But Coalition Unconvinced 09/16
globalsecurity.org Police forces kill five PKK militants in southeastern Turkey 09/16
dnaindia.com Turkish army kills Kurdish militants suspected of politician's murder 09/16
today.az Military unit attacked in Turkey, 9 killed 09/16
dw.com Loss and depression in Turkey's Kurdish southeast 09/16
timesofindia.indiatimes.com World's worst terror-affected countries: India ranks 4th, Pak 3rd 09/15
today.az Military convoy in Turkey under attack 09/15
today.az Turkey Air Force hits PKK targets, kills 2 militants 09/15
af.reuters.com Turkish air strikes kill 16 suspected PKK militants in southeast - sources 09/14
globalsecurity.org US ambassador not a Turkish governor: Cavusoglu 09/14
dnaindia.com Turkish air strikes kill 16 suspected Kurdistan Workers Party terrorists 09/14
globalsecurity.org Aerial assaults kill 16 suspected PKK militants in SE Turkey 09/14
aina.org Political Accusations Fly in Iraq's Kurdistan Region 09/14
frontline.in Turkey’s open military intervention in Syria, with the United States’ backing, evokes sharp condemnation from Russia and Iran, Syria’s allies in its war against terrorism. By JOHN CHERIAN 09/14
aina.org Kurdish PKK Leader Calls for End of Conflict With Turkey 09/14
rt.com 'Your ambassadors are not governors of Turkey': US reproach touches nerve in Ankara 09/14
dawn.com 50 injured in Turkish Eid day car bomb explosion 09/13
csmonitor.com Turkish air strikes kill three suspected PKK militants in southeast 09/13
globalsecurity.org Tensions Flare Between Turkey, Kurds Over Syria's Manbij 09/13
globalsecurity.org PKK leader 'calls for end to no-win war' with Turkey 09/13
globalsecurity.org Turkey axes 28 mayors over suspected 'PKK links' 09/12
globalsecurity.org PKK Trying to Disrupt Turkey's Anti-Terrorist Operation in N Syria - Erdogan 09/12
globalsecurity.org Protesters Clash With Police in Turkey Over Removal of Mayors 09/12
foxnews.com At least 27 wounded in car bomb near Turkish ruling party headquarters 09/12
today.az Erdogan vows to defeat terrorism in Eid message 09/12
scmp.com Car bomb hits eastern Turkish city of Van; 48 injured 09/12
globalsecurity.org Explosion hits Turkish town of Van, wounding 48 09/12
upi.com 48 injured in vehicle explosion targeting Turkey's police, government 09/12
usatoday.com 48 reported injured by car bomb in east Turkey 09/12
dnaindia.com Car bomb targets govt buildings in Turkey's Van; 27 wounded 09/12
realclearworld.com Turkey's High Risk, High Return Move on Kurds 09/12
tribune.com.pk 48 wounded in eastern Turkey car bombing 09/12
dw.com Blast rocks AKP party seat in southeast Turkey 09/12
today.az 19 injured in car bomb attack in Turkey [UPDATE] 09/12
aljazeera.com Blast strikes near ruling party's HQ in Turkey's Van 09/12
debka.com At least 27 injured in car bomb explosion in Van, E. Turkey 09/12
dw.com Blast rocks AKP party seat in southeast Turkey 09/12
aaj.tv Car bomb attack on Turkey ruling party wounds 50 09/12
stripes.com PKK car bomb in east Turkey injures dozens 09/12
aaj.tv 48 wounded in eastern Turkey car bombing 09/12
rferl.org Dozens Wounded In Car Bomb In Eastern Turkey 09/12
euronews.com Bomb injures dozens in Turkey a day after crackdown on Kurdish mayors 09/12
foxnews.com Jailed Kurdish leader urges Turkey to resume peace talks 09/12
stripes.com 50 injured by PKK car bomb in east Turkey 09/12
globalsecurity.org Mayors Removed as Turkish Crackdown Intensifies 09/12
dw.com Jailed Kurdish leader urges Turkey to revive peace talks 09/12
euractiv.com Car bomb attack on Turkey’s ruling party wounds 48 09/12
upi.com Turkey has 'duty' to defeat Islamic State in Syria, President Erdogan says 09/11
reuters.com Turkey removes two dozen mayors over alleged Kurdish militant links 09/11
dw.com Turkey removes 24 mayors over links to Kurdish rebels 09/11
aljazeera.com Turkey removes 24 mayors over PKK links 09/11
voanews.com Protesters Clash With Police in Turkey Over Removal of Mayors 09/11
stripes.com Turkey replaces 28 elected officials with appointees 09/11
bbc.co.uk Turkey-PKK: Clashes as Turkey removes 28 elected mayors 09/11
rferl.org Turkey Purges 28 Municipal Mayors Over Alleged Kurdish Militant Links 09/11
huffingtonpost.com Turkey Removes Two Dozen Elected Mayors In Kurdish Areas 09/11
euronews.com Crackdown on Turkish mayors provokes anger and frustration 09/11
foxnews.com Jailed PKK leader to meet with family for Eid 09/10
aina.org Turkey Uses Post-Coup Emergency Decree to Purge Mayors and Teachers 09/10
aina.org Turkish Jets Destroy 9 PKK Targets Near Iraqi Border 09/10
globalsecurity.org Turkish police clash with protesters over sacking 11,500 teachers 09/10
cnn.com Turkey allows Kurdish leader's family to visit 09/10
aljazeera.com Turkey conducting 'largest ever' operations against PKK 09/09
today.az Turkish army neutralizes over 180 terrorists 09/09
nzherald.co.nz Turkey to oust 28 elected Kurdish mayors 09/09

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.