Turkey - PKK

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

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foxnews.com Iraqi Kurds protest against Turkey, 3 police wounded 02/07
foxnews.com Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces 02/07
rferl.org Erdogan: U.S. Should Choose Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds 02/07
turkishweekly.net Turkish President angry with US visit to PYD ‘terrorists’ 02/07
globalsecurity.org Kurdish Militants Use Western-Produced Weapons - Erdogan 02/06
aina.org Turkish Party Says YPG Kurdish Militia Crossed West of Euphrates 02/06
turkishweekly.net YPG has western countries' weapons: Turkish president 02/06
bbc.co.uk Ecuador-Turkey row over speech scuffle 02/06
rt.com Turkish soldiers engage Kurdish activists in Diyarbakir, 4 wounded - report 02/06
turkishweekly.net Turkish gov’t reveals much-vaunted ‘action plan’ to resolve Kurdish issue 02/06
globalsecurity.org Turkey's Kurdish Fight Complicates IS Battle 02/06
rt.com Turkey says op against Kurdish militants in embattled Cizre almost complete 02/06
sputniknews.com Turkish Foreign Minister Accuses PKK of Using Civilians as 'Human Shield' 02/06
turkishweekly.net Turkish military launches large air campaign on PKK targets in northern Iraq 02/06
globalsecurity.org Serbia Wants Clarification Following Turkish 'Sniper' Report 02/05
realclearworld.com The Sudden Ruin of Turkish Ambition 02/05
voanews.com Conflict in Turkey's Southeast Likely to Escalate Despite Peace Efforts 02/05
reuters.com Militant group sidelined as Turkey unveils plan to end Kurdish unrest 02/05
turkishweekly.net PM promises to ‘grow rose garden’ in Turkey’s restive southeast 02/05
stripes.com Turkish PM: no talks with PKK before it lays down arms 02/05
sputniknews.com Turkish Pundit Complains of Western Conspiracy Supporting 'Terrorist' Kurds 02/05
telegraph.co.uk One of the world's oldest churches damaged in Turkey's renewed violence 02/05
turkishweekly.net Twenty-five PKK terrorists killed in SE Turkey 02/05
euronews.com Davutoglu promises 'rose garden' in Turkey's Kurdish south-east 02/05
globalsecurity.org Iraq slams Turkey bombing of northern village 02/05
globalsecurity.org Turkish Prime Minister Calls on Kurds to 'Leave Barricades' 02/05
today.az Policeman martyred in PKK attack in SE Turkey 02/04
turkishweekly.net Turkey fighting terror on three fronts, Davutoglu says 02/04
voanews.com Serbia Wants Clarification Following Turkish ‘Sniper’ Report 02/04
globalsecurity.org Turkish warplanes bomb northern Iraqi village 02/04
turkishweekly.net Army says five terrorists killed in SE Turkey 02/04
turkishweekly.net Operations in Cizre, Sur to be completed within days, weeks: Gov't 02/03
sputniknews.com Former Party Official Slams Erdogan's Increasingly Draconian Turkish State 02/03
turkishweekly.net Locals flee conflict-hit southeastern town as curfew lifted 02/03
globalsecurity.org Hundreds of people leave conflict-ridden area in southeast Turkey 02/03
realclearworld.com Will Turkey Risk Military Confrontation with Russia? 02/03
rt.com Turkish civil servants asked to report 'insults' against president & top officials to police 02/03
stripes.com As Syria burns, Turkey's Kurdish problem is getting worse 02/03
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Foreign snipers among PKK militants 02/03
turkishweekly.net One Serbian PKK sniper killed, another captured in Turkey’s southeast 02/02
turkishweekly.net Weapons seized in southeast Russian-made: Turkish president 02/02
turkishweekly.net Army says six terrorists killed in southeast Turkey 02/02
aina.org 'Indispensable' Ancient Assyrian Church Shaken By World Violence 02/02
sputniknews.com Russia Prepares to Test Next-Generation Su-35S Fighters in Syria 02/01
turkishweekly.net Two Turkish soldiers martyred in PKK attack 02/01
turkishweekly.net Syrian regime rules out 'preconditions' at peace talks 02/01
turkishweekly.net 22 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey 02/01
reuters.com U.N. rights boss urges Turkey to probe shooting by security forces 02/01
turkishweekly.net Turkish security forces free policeman abducted by PKK 02/01
bbc.co.uk UN urges Turkey to investigate shooting 02/01
today.az PKK hires mercenaries from Eastern Europe - Turkish PM 02/01
turkishweekly.net Seized PKK guns prove operations are righteous: PM Davutoğlu 02/01
turkishweekly.net Three Turkish soldiers martyred in PKK attack 02/01
sputniknews.com Chaos in Cizre: ‘Turkish Authorities Trying to Destroy the Truth’ 02/01
stripes.com UN rights chief: Turkey must probe shooting of civilians 02/01
globalsecurity.org Five Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attacks in southeast 02/01
aina.org UN Calls for Human Rights Probe in Turkey 02/01
aljazeera.com Ambulances halted as Turkey besieges Kurdish town 01/31
turkishweekly.net 22 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey 01/31
turkishweekly.net Turkish president calls opposition 'PKK servants' 01/30
turkishweekly.net Soldier dies from wounds in Turkey's southeast 01/30
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Over 1,000 Daesh suspects held over 12 months 01/30
turkishweekly.net 16 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey 01/30
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM tells HDP to call on Cizre ‘terrorists’ to surrender 01/29
turkishweekly.net No meeting with HDP deputy without oath, says Erdoğan 01/29
turkishweekly.net Turkish soldier killed in clashes with PKK in Cizre 01/29
telegraph.co.uk Turkish town of Cizre under siege as government conflict with Kurds worsens 01/29
globalsecurity.org Turkey Threatens Military Action Against Syrian Kurds 01/29
sputniknews.com Kurdish Heroes in the Fight Against Daesh Barred From Syrian Peace Talks? 01/28
turkishweekly.net US shares Turkey’s concerns on PYD’s inclusion to Geneva talks 01/28
dnaindia.com Turkey's Kurdish conflict impacting Syria, refugee crises: Demirtas 01/28
reuters.com Turkey's Kurdish conflict impacting Syria, migrant crises: Demirtas 01/28
turkishweekly.net Six PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey 01/28
dw.com Death and destruction in Diyarbakir 01/28
aina.org Tears and Destruction Amid Turkey PKK Crackdown 01/28
globalsecurity.org Thousands flee southeast Turkey over heavy clashes 01/28
voanews.com Turkey Threatens Military Action Against Syrian Kurds 01/28
aina.org Fighting Between Turkish Army and Kurdish PKK Damages Assyrian Church 01/28
sputniknews.com Kurds Cannot Be Excluded From Syria Peace Talks – Opposition Committee 01/27
rt.com Hundreds flee southeast Turkey warzone as 23 killed, curfew expanded in Kurdish Diyarbakir 01/27
reuters.com Spain arrests nine accused of association with the PKK 01/27
nzherald.co.nz Spain: Police arrest 9 suspected members of PKK armed group 01/27
nzherald.co.nz Thousands flee mainly Kurdish district in Turkey 01/27
turkishweekly.net Three soldiers martyred in SE Turkey 01/27
sputniknews.com Spanish Police Say Detain 9 People Over Links to PKK 01/27
turkishweekly.net Turkey’s human rights environment deteriorated in 2015, says HRW 01/27
globalsecurity.org No non-Syrians invited to peace negotiations, says UN 01/27
bbc.co.uk Turkey battles PKK in southeast 01/27
turkishweekly.net Thousands flee southeastern Sur district amid clashes 01/27
euronews.com Spain arrests nine suspected PKK members after raids in several cities 01/27
globalsecurity.org Army-PKK clashes leave 4 troopers dead in SE Turkey 01/27
aina.org Turkey, Germany Implement New Joint Counter-terrorism Mechanism 01/27
aina.org The Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process is on Hold 01/27
reuters.com Curfew widened in southeast Turkey, clashes kill 23 01/27
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan tasks top audit board to probe Gülenists 01/26
aina.org Turkey Destroys 15 PKK Shelters in Southeast 01/26
voanews.com Turkey Pressured to Allow Kurdish Group at Syria Talks 01/26
euronews.com UN invitations to Syrian peace talks spark controversy 01/26
sputniknews.com Syrian Kurds Should Attend Peace Talks Amid Dispute Over Terrorist Label 01/26
bbc.co.uk Tears and destruction amid Turkey PKK crackdown 01/26

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.