Turkey - PKK

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

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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
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
turkishweekly.net One killed in clashes during operation to remove controversial statue of PKK founder 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
mypetjawa.mu.nu I Totally Forgot Mocking The Muj 07/11
dw.de Turkish parliament passes bill to make Kurdish peace talks legal 07/10
reuters.com Turkish parliament gives legal recognition to Kurdish peace talks 07/10
aljazeera.com An independent Kurdistan? Yes, but not so fast 07/09
turkishweekly.net No end in sight for cacophony on Kurdish reform bill 07/09
turkishweekly.net Government, Kurdish politicians in row over energy bills 07/08
turkishweekly.net Second phase of PKK withdrawal to start in fall 07/06
aina.org Iraqi Kurds Deny Working With ISIS 07/06
turkishweekly.net Second phase of PKK withdrawal to start in fall 07/05
voanews.com Turkey’s Youngest Mayor Honors Father’s Legacy 07/03
voanews.com Turkey: Missing Kurdish Children Stir Claims, Concern 07/02
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan looking to appeal to Kurdish voters 07/02
voanews.com Missing Kurdish Children Stir Claims, Concern 07/01
dw.de Ankara discovers the Kurdish reality 06/30
turkishweekly.net Armenians look for Turkish-Kurdish peace talks success 06/29
tamilnet.com Sri Lanka: Kurds make strategic gains in Iraq crisis 06/28
reuters.com Turkey submits bill to boost Kurdish peace process 06/26
voanews.com Turkey's Military Construction in Southeast Threatens Peace 06/26
reuters.com Turkey to present Kurdish reform bill within days: minister 06/25
mcclatchydc.com Kidnapped Kurdish school children are being taught to be Jihadists by ISIS 06/21
aina.org Abuses in Kurdish-run Enclaves in Syria: Human Rights Watch 06/20
foxnews.com Human Rights Watch says Kurdish party ruling Syria's northern enclaves has committed abuse 06/19
tamilguardian.com European rights court: Turkey fines for PKK coverage violate freedom of speech 06/18
hrw.org Syria: Abuses in Kurdish-run Enclaves 06/18
reuters.com Kurds committed abuses in Syria: rights group 06/18
punchng.com Turkey opposition accuses govt of protecting ISIS militants 06/17
nzherald.co.nz Activists: Car bomb in Syria's east kills 5 06/17
ipsnews.net Turkey’s Kurdish Problem Likely to Worsen After ISIS Gains in Iraq 06/16
reuters.com Two Kurdish protesters killed in Turkey's southeast 06/08
aina.org Two Kurdish Protesters Killed in Clashes With Turkish Soldiers 06/08
thecuttingedgenews.com The Battle for Syria - Syrian Kurds Under Increased Pressure From Jihadists 06/07
turkishweekly.net Turkish government plans legal steps in Kurdish peace bid 06/07
turkishweekly.net One soldier wounded when protesters open fire on security forces in Diyarbakır’s Lice 06/05
turkishweekly.net PM Erdoğan accuses Kurdish politicians of ‘hypocrisy’ 06/05
aina.org Iraqi Kurdish Village 'Shelled By Turkey' 06/04
reuters.com Turkish security forces, Kurds clash in southeast as protests widen 06/04
turkishweekly.net Five soldiers injured as clashes erupt during protests against security posts in Diyarbakır, Bingöl 06/04
today.az Turkey's PM denies political talks with Ocalan 06/04
turkishweekly.net Political debate over children ‘abducted’ by PKK deepens 06/04
aina.org Turkish Troops Wounded in Clashes With Kurdish Protesters 06/04
stripes.com Syria’s ISIS takes scores hostage in ongoing battle with Kurdish militia 06/03
turkishweekly.net Political debate over kids ‘abducted’ by PKK deepens 06/03
turkishpress.com Turkish Deputy PM praises sit-ins for kidnapped children 06/02
turkishweekly.net Peace process entering new stage, PKK leader says 06/02
mcclatchydc.com Syria’s ISIS takes scores hostage in ongoing battle with Kurdish militia 06/02
voanews.com Turkish Police Fire Teargas to Remove Kurdish Roadblocks 05/30
reuters.com Kurdish militants kill Turkish state militia member as unrest grows 05/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey PM urges pro-Kurdish parties over 'kidnaps' 05/29
turkishweekly.net Deputy PM Arınç remembers ‘Saturday Mothers’ in abducted children case 05/29
news24.com Iraqi Kurds ship oil through region's own pipeline 05/23
aina.org Counter-Terrorism: Kurds And The Lost Province 05/21

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.