Turkey - PKK

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

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panorama.am Minval.az: Head of Nakhijevan has ties with followers of Gülen and secretly cooperates with PKK and Israel 04/18
tamilguardian.com Justice for slain activists demand Kurds and Tamils in Paris 04/18
turkishweekly.net European court fines Turkey on freedom of expression 04/17
turkishpress.com Ocalan nominated for Nobel peace prize 04/15
turkishpress.com Self-exiled Kurdish politician to return to Turkey 04/14
aina.org Syrian Kurdish Groups Offer Best Path for Future 04/11
turkishweekly.net BDP conveys PKK’s letter to justice minister 04/11
turkishpress.com Ditch being dug on northern Iraqi border with Syria 04/11
turkishpress.com Memorial tent set up for 79 PKK militants killed 04/10
turkishpress.com Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to meet KCK chiefs 04/09
aina.org Turkey Court Frees 45 Kurdish Suspects in Militant Case 03/27
straitstimes.com Turkey frees 45 pending trial over Kurdish rebel ties 03/26
dailynews.lk The FORCE is with us 03/25
turkishweekly.net Twitter should obey court decisions: Turkish PM 03/25
turkishweekly.net Diyarbakır prepared to celebrate Nevruz today 03/21
turkishweekly.net Turkish President Gül issues warning on Kurdish peace bid 03/20
dailystar.com.lb Seven dead in shooting at Turkey statistics office 03/19
bbc.co.uk Court chides Turkey over Kurd leader 03/18
aina.org Turkey Condemned By European Court Over Jailed Kurdish Leader 03/18
aina.org Assyrian Leader: Kurds in Syria Must Accept Real Power Sharing 03/15
turkishpress.com EU torture watchdog reports on Turkey's Imrali Prison 03/13
aina.org ISIS Suicide Attacks Target Syrian Kurdish Capital 03/13
turkishweekly.net Peace in the skies of Hakkari 03/11
aina.org First Kurdish Attack in Months Sets Off Alarm Bells in Turkey 03/07
aljazeera.com Explosive device kills Turkish soldier 03/06
reuters.com Soldier killed by explosive device in southeast Turkey 03/06
turkishweekly.net All Kurdish schools to be completed in Diyarbakır 03/04
aina.org Kurdish Rebels Abduct Local Official in Turkey 03/03
reuters.com Suspected Kurdish rebels abduct local official in southeast Turkey 03/02
turkishpress.com Turkey welcomes Danish court's order on ROJ TV 02/27
turkishweekly.net BDP voices concern over Turkish government's intel draft as Kurdish talks continue 02/24
turkishweekly.net Lessons to be learned from Mandela’s struggle: Turkish deputy PM 02/20
aina.org Syrian Kurdish Self-Rule Criticized By Many As Unrepresentative 02/20
aina.org ISIL Fighters Behead Four Syrian Kurds 02/19
aina.org Kurds Clash With Turkish Police Over Leader's Release 02/16
voanews.com Kurds Clash With Turkish Police Over Leader's Release 02/15
independent.co.uk Kurds who became 'village guards' and fought PKK rebels in Turkey to be disbanded – but they fear a betrayal 02/15
turkishweekly.net Jailed PKK leader Öcalan says contract needed, not amnesty 02/10
jamestown.org “With These Guns We Will Return to Kurdistan”: The Resurgence of Kurdish Jihadism 02/07
aina.org Syrian Kurds Courting Turkmens 02/06
panorama.am Pretty Amazing, Again 02/06
panorama.am Ocalan: Turkey, world should recognize Armenian Genocide 01/31
turkishweekly.net Jailed PKK leader pens letter urging support from Armenian community 01/30
turkishweekly.net MHP leader urges gov’t to shed light on deadly attack on party office 01/28
aina.org The Kurds' Dangerous Game in Turkey 01/26
turkishweekly.net Turkish National Intelligence denies connection with Paris killings 01/15
slate.fr Turquie: Erdogan veut étendre son contrôle d'Internet 01/14
aina.org Syria's Kurdish Dilemma 01/14
turkishweekly.net Courts refuses halt of trials in KCK, military espionage cases 01/13
panorama.am Hurriyet Daily News: Jailed PKK leader honors memory of Hrant Dink 01/13
aina.org Massacre in Syria As Al-Qaeda Fighters Flee Rebel Backlash 01/12
scmp.com Jailed Kurd leader warns Turkey peace process cannot remain in 'limbo' 01/12
reuters.com Kurds rally in Paris for faster inquiry into activist killings 01/11
aina.org Turkey's Power Struggle Affects Kurdish Issue 01/10
turkishweekly.net Turkey 'to tolerate' non-violent regime figures in Syrian transition 01/09
today.az Davutoglu: Activation of Al-Qaeda and Syrian wing of PKK is threat to Turkey 01/09
dailystar.com.lb Turkish police fire tear gas at Kurdish protesters 01/09
aina.org Erdogan Mishandles Kurdish Files 01/08
turkishweekly.net Turkish military prosecutors dismiss investigation into Uludere massacre 01/07
bbc.co.uk VIDEO: Female fighting force of the PKK 01/05
nytimes.com Turkish Court Orders Release of Kurdish Lawmakers Accused of Militant Links 01/04
turkishweekly.net Diyarbakir High Criminal Court rules on release of three MPs 01/04
nytimes.com Jailed Kurdish Lawmakers Seek Freedom After Turkish Court Ruling 01/03
straitstimes.com Turkish court orders release of Kurdish lawmakers accused of militant links 01/03
huffingtonpost.com Tough-love for Turkey's Prime Minister Erdoğan 01/01
aina.org Syria's Kurdish Sideshow 01/01
turkishweekly.net Turkish interior minister to hold key role in Kurdish peace process 12/31
turkishweekly.net New photos of jailed PKK leader stir social media 12/24
vice.com Rojava/ Syria's Unknown War 12/24
dailystar.com.lb Pro-Kurdish MPs plan hunger strike in Turkey parliament 12/17
turkishweekly.net HDP's four deputies on hunger strike 12/17
reuters.com Turkish court rejects requests to free Kurdish lawmakers 12/16
turkishweekly.net 5 PKK members surrender to Turkish military: report 12/16
reuters.com Turkish courts reject requests to free Kurdish lawmakers 12/16
tamilguardian.com Turkish courts reject bids by Kurdish lawmakers detained on trial 12/16
dailystar.com.lb PKK threatens to retaliate over protester deaths in Turkey 12/15
france24.com Kurd rebels free Turkish soldiers seized in weekend unrest 12/09
reuters.com Kurdish militants free four abducted Turkish soldiers 12/09
turkishweekly.net 4 kidnapped Turkish soldiers released 12/09
reuters.com Kurdish militants free abducted Turkish soldiers 12/09
tamilnet.com Sri Lanka: Mandela and the other Prisoners of War 12/09
turkishweekly.net Peace during local elections the goal, Kurdish politician tells daily 12/09
aina.org Clashes in Turkey After Deaths of Two Kurdish Protesters 12/08
reuters.com PKK militants abduct four Turkish soldiers after unrest 12/08
aina.org Syrian Kurds Discuss Differences Over Geneva II 12/08
france24.com Kurdish protesters clash with police in Turkey 12/08
dailystar.com.lb Two killed in Turkey clashes over PKK cemetery 12/06
blogs.aljazeera.com Remembering my friend, Yasser 12/06
aina.org Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders 11/24
strategypage.com WARPLANES: Turkey Does Not Give Up On Gunships 11/22
aina.org Kurds Are Now Shaping the Middle East 11/21
turkishweekly.net Lawyers to visit Öcalan on İmralı in December 11/21
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM denies general amnesty claims 11/19
turkishweekly.net PKK raids construction site, burns 10 vehicle in southeastern Turkey 11/19
aina.org The Kurds Are Now Their Own Worst Enemies 11/18
today.az Erdogan calls PKK fighters to abandon weapons 11/18
reuters.com Wedding murder exposes Kurdish divisions in Turkey 11/18
aina.org Kurds Divided Over Syrian Autonomy 11/18
realclearworld.com Turkey's New Solution to Kurdish Independence 11/18
aina.org Turkey Has No Plans to Give Kurdish Rebels General Amnesty 11/17

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.