Turkey - PKK

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

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turkishweekly.net Killing of soldier in Diyarbakır deepens concerns amid rising PKK violence 10/31
turkishweekly.net Turkey hopeful for solution of Kurdish issue 10/31
strategypage.com SYRIA: The Enemies Of ISIL Are Screwed By The News Cycle 10/30
turkishweekly.net Soldier attacked in southeast Turkey 10/30
panorama.am Kurds reject Turkey-NATO proposition to fight Damascus – analyst 10/30
realclearworld.com Whose Side Is Turkey On? 10/30
turkishweekly.net Can the Peshmerga save Turkey’s Kurdish peace process? 10/30
realclearworld.com Who Exactly Are the Kurds? 10/30
dw.de First Peshmerga cross Turkey border into Kobani to fight 'IS' 10/30
realclearworld.com The Kurds' Lonely Fight Against ISIS 10/30
telegraph.co.uk Who are the Kurds? A user's guide to Kurdish politics 10/30
spiegel.de New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror 10/29
dw.de US renews airstrikes against 'Islamic State' as reinforcements head to Kobani 10/29
spiegel.de Bound for Syria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State 10/29
turkishweekly.net Another Turkish soldier killed, as army blames PKK 10/29
npr.org Facing The Islamic State Threat, Kurdish Fighters Unite 10/28
globalsecurity.org Turkey says FSA must be equipped and trained to rule in Kobani 10/28
turkishweekly.net Murder of Turkish soldiers set blow to peace talks with Kurds in Turkey 10/27
turkishweekly.net Turkish gov’t toughens Kurdish bid stance after attack 10/27
independent.co.uk John Cantlie: Battle for Kobani is 'nearly over' says British hostage in latest Isis video 10/27
turkishweekly.net Five detained over killing of soldiers in eastern Turkey 10/26
reuters.com Kurdish militants kill three soldiers in southeast Turkey: army 10/25
stripes.com Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State militants 10/25
ndtv.com Three Turkish Soldiers Shot Dead in 'Terrorist' Attack 10/25
ndtv.com Turkish Mothers Hold 500th Protest for Missing Relatives 10/25
en.ria.ru Three Soldiers Killed in Turkey's Hakkari Province: Reports 10/25
reuters.com Three Kurdish militants killed in attack on Turkish power plant 10/24
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan: Syrian Kurds don't seek help from Iraqi Kurds 10/24
en.ria.ru The ‘Kurdish Shuffle’ 10/23
dw.de Erdogan says 200 Iraqi Kurd fighters to enter Kobani through Turkey 10/23
turkishweekly.net Kobane aid triggers Turkey-US debate 10/23
euronews.com Erdogan says deal agreed on Peshmerga reinforcements for Kobani 10/23
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM hints at solution process headway soon 10/23
huffingtonpost.com Does Turkey Fear the Kurds More Than ISIL? 10/23
turkishweekly.net 10 kidnapped workers released in Diyarbakir 10/23
csmonitor.com Islamic State siege of Kobane: Did Turkey shoot itself in the foot? (+video) 10/23
turkishweekly.net Turkish President allows North Iraqi Kurdish forces into Kobani 10/22
turkishweekly.net Outlawed PKK leader stresses importance of solution process 10/22
euronews.com Kurdish fighters in Kobani await reinforcements 10/22
turkishweekly.net Peshmerga have not yet entered Kobani, Turkey's FM says 10/22
ww4report.com US arms Kobani defenders —heightening contradictions 10/22
israelnationalnews.com Erdogan: US Was 'Wrong' to Give Kurds Weapons 10/22
france24.com Iraqi Kurds authorise sending fighters to Kobane 10/22
newrepublic.com Why Are We Calling Our Closest Allies Against ISIS "Terrorists"? 10/22
dw.de Ex-US ambassador: Kobani will not fall 10/21
turkishweekly.net Turkey adopts tough measures against violation of public order 10/21
turkishweekly.net Turkey won't bow to unfair criticism from West: Erdogan 10/21
impunitywatch.com One Week After Bombing PKK targets, Turkey Allows Peshmerga Fighters to Cross into Syria 10/21
reuters.com Jailed Kurdish leader says peace talks with Turkey entered new phase 10/21
realclearworld.com Does Obama Know PKK Can Be Allies? 10/21
dawn.com US airdrops weapons for Kurds 10/21
telegraph.co.uk Turkey relents and allows Kurdish forces to join the fight against Islamic State 10/20
turkishweekly.net US resupplies Kurdish forces in Kobani 10/20
horseedmedia.net Mareykanka oo hub siiyey Kurdiyiinta la dagaalamaya kooxda Daacish 10/20
ynetnews.com US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian border town Kobani 10/20
euronews.com US air drops arms to Kurdish forces defending Kobani 10/20
gmanetwork.com Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as US drops arms to defenders 10/20
tamilguardian.com Turkey to allow Kurds to join battle for Kobane 10/20
turkishweekly.net President Erdoğan says PYD ‘no different than PKK’ for Turkey 10/20
scmp.com US arms Kurds fighting Islamic State in Kobani, calls resistance impressive 10/20
dw.de Turkey to 'facilitate' travel for Iraqi Kurdish fighters to Kobani 10/20
huffingtonpost.com Women Fighting ISIS Share Stories From The Battlefield 10/20
csmonitor.com Turkey says Iraqi Kurds can fight in Kobane. Could they make a difference? (+video) 10/20
dw.de Turkey to 'facilitate' travel for Iraqi Kurds to Kobani 10/20
telegraph.co.uk Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds across the Syrian border to fight the Islamic State in Kobane 10/20
dailytimes.com.pk 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds in Kobane against IS: Kerry : October 20, 2014, 6:24 pm 10/20
euronews.com Turkey feels sustained NATO ally pressures over Kobani Kurds 10/20
mercurynews.com Turkey says it's helping Iraqi Kurds cross into Syria; U.S. airdrops weapons 10/20
realclearworld.com U.S. Dropping Supplies Into Kobani 10/20
punchng.com Turkey to let Iraq Kurds join fight against IS 10/20
bbc.co.uk Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight 10/20
panorama.am US airdrops arms, medical aid for Kurdish defenders in Kobani 10/20
euronews.com Fighting breaks out again in Kobani as Kurdish defenders wait for reinforcements 10/20
stripes.com Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds 10/19
sify.com Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS 10/19
sify.com Turkey helping Kurdish fighters cross into Kobani 10/19
slate.fr Le drame de Kobané pourrait nous permettre de mieux connaître les Kurdes de Turquie 10/19
en.ria.ru US Airdrops Arms, Medical Aid for Kurdish Defenders in Kobani: Centcom 10/19
rferl.org Turkey Rejects Arming Main Syrian Kurdish Party 10/19
israelnationalnews.com Erdogan: No Help for Kurds Via Turkey 10/19
sify.com US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani 10/19
euronews.com Turkey refuses to arm Kurds fighting ISIL in Kobani 10/19
turkishweekly.net Davutoglu rules out one-sided talks in solution process 10/18
globalsecurity.org Turkey-PKK Peace Deal Shaky but Not Broken 10/18
sify.com Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds 10/18
thestar.com U.S.-led strike on Islamic State-held gas facility in eastern Syria kills 8 10/18
aina.org US Meets With Syrian Kurds Linked to Terror Group 10/17
america.aljazeera.com New respect for PKK fighters after repelling ISIL 10/17
nzherald.co.nz Kurds sharing intel with US for Syria strikes 10/17
turkishweekly.net German foreign minister denies proposal to arm PKK 10/17
israelnationalnews.com US Talking Directly With Kurdish Fighters 10/17
globalsecurity.org Germany Leaving Options Open for Arming PKK 10/17
vancouversun.com Chris Kilford: Turkey's miscalculation 10/17
voanews.com Turkey-PKK Peace Deal Shaky but Not Broken 10/17
turkishweekly.net Davutoglu rules out one-sided solution to peace talks 10/17
turkishweekly.net Turkey opposes Germany sending arms to PKK 10/17
realclearworld.com Rumblings of Kurdish Wars 10/17
voanews.com Germany Leaving Options Open for Arming PKK 10/16
voanews.com US, Turkey at Odds Over Strategy Against Islamic State 10/16
reuters.com With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan still bring Kurds peace? 10/16

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.