Turkey - PKK

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

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reuters.com Turkish sociologist acquitted of 1998 blast for fourth time 12/19
huffingtonpost.com From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy 12/19
reuters.com Youth killed in clashes with police in southeast Turkey 12/17
rt.com Kurdish teenager shot dead in clashes with Turkish police 12/17
turkishpress.com One dead in armed attack against Turkish police 12/17
aina.org Turkey and the Islamic State 12/14
aina.org Turkey, Friend or Foe? 12/12
turkishpress.com 'No-one can stop solution process': Erdogan 12/12
crisisgroup.org Turkey, Syria and Saving the PKK Peace Process 12/12
turkishpress.com Turkish Press Review 12/12
turkishweekly.net Turkish gov’t, HDP deny autonomy in negotiations in Kurdish peace process 12/11
turkishweekly.net U.S. denies sending arms to Syria Kurdish militants 12/10
turkishpress.com U.S. denies sending arms to Syria Kurdish militants 12/09
turkishpress.com German politicians worry about rise of right wing group 12/09
turkishweekly.net PYD ‘promised’ US to not give arms to PKK 12/08
usatoday.com Band battles Islamic State over Mount Sinjar in Iraq 12/07
ipsnews.net Iraqi Kurds Seek Greater Balance between Ankara and Baghdad 12/04
turkishweekly.net Government, HDP on fresh track for Kurdish bid 12/01
rferl.org Azerbaijani Suspected Of Mosque Arson Allegedly Fought With Kurds Against IS 12/01
voanews.com Jailed Kurd Leader: Peace Is Possible With Turkey 11/30
turkishweekly.net Government, HDP on fresh track for Kurdish bid 11/30
reuters.com Kurdish deal with Turkey within reach but legal guarantees key: Ocalan 11/30
turkishweekly.net Solution process must go on 11/25
isn.ethz.ch Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process 11/25
turkishweekly.net President cites Oslo talks to justify exclusion of third-party from Kurdish peace process 11/24
turkishweekly.net Cavusoglu says Turkey can differ from US on some issues 11/24
turkishweekly.net Peace bid must be finalized before 2015 elections, Demirtaş says 11/20
aina.org Turkish Government, Kurdish Authorities Argue Over Yazidi Refugees 11/20
dw.de Kurds hold joint front against IS in Kirkuk 11/19
independent.co.uk Huge explosions rock Syrian town of Kobani on Turkish border 11/17
turkishweekly.net Dialogue key to solution process, Turkish deputy PM 11/17
turkishweekly.net Turkish government fiercely rules out third-party involvement in peace process 11/17
turkishweekly.net Öcalan may call for disarmament as of March, Demirtaş says 11/15
turkishweekly.net Dersim apology opens rift in main opposition CHP 11/15
turkishweekly.net Turkish gov’t, HDP seek thaw in Kurdish bid talks 11/13
turkishweekly.net HDP suggests accelerated process for Kurdish bid 11/13
crisisgroup.org A precious chance to end Turkey’s conflict with the Kurds 11/13
turkishweekly.net Turkey determined to stop PKK's activities abroad 11/13
independent.co.uk War with Isis: The forgotten, plucky Kurds under siege in their enclave on Syria’s border with Turkey 11/13
rferl.org Kobani Kurds Use Facebook To Recruit Foreign Fighters In Struggle Against IS 11/13
aina.org Turkey Trapped Between Failed Syria Policy, Kurds 11/12
independent.co.uk War against Isis: PKK commander tasked with the defence of Syrian Kurds claims ‘we will save Kobani’ 11/11
bbc.co.uk Turkey-PKK peace process 'at turning point' 11/11
turkishweekly.net No ban on Kurdish songs in Turkish army: Minister 11/11
aina.org The Problem With Turkey's PKK Peace Process 11/10
pulitzercenter.org What Kobani Means for Turkey’s Kurds 11/09
turkishweekly.net Erdogan: PKK is the same as ISIL 11/08
turkishweekly.net New talks with the PKK head on Kurdish bid 11/07
turkishweekly.net Kurdish peace process has nothing to do with PKK leader: President Erdoğan 11/06
crisisgroup.org Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process 11/06
tamilnet.com Sri Lanka: ‘Solidarity of oppressed nations needed to defeat global system of oppression’ 11/04
impunitywatch.com 0 11/04
turkishweekly.net Both PKK, ISIL are dangerous, Turks say 11/03
dw.de Opinion: Turkey’s misguided Syria policy 11/03
turkishweekly.net Turkey demands explanation over PKK suspects released in Denmark 11/02
realclearworld.com Turkish Military Angry With Peshmerga Move 11/02
stripes.com Iraqi Kurds in Kobani 'temporarily' 11/02
turkishweekly.net Turkey demands answers over released suspects in Denmark 11/01
mypetjawa.mu.nu Global Day For Kobani 11/01
turkishweekly.net Turkey hopeful for solution of Kurdish issue 10/31
turkishweekly.net Killing of soldier in Diyarbakır deepens concerns amid rising PKK violence 10/31
thelocal.de Will our Halloween quiz give you a fright? 10/31
reuters.com Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish peace process will continue despite unrest 10/31
turkishweekly.net Turkey will not accept 'de facto' borders in Iraq, Syria 10/31
panorama.am Kurds reject Turkey-NATO proposition to fight Damascus – analyst 10/30
turkishweekly.net Soldier attacked in southeast Turkey 10/30
turkishweekly.net Can the Peshmerga save Turkey’s Kurdish peace process? 10/30
dw.de First Peshmerga cross Turkey border into Kobani to fight 'IS' 10/30
realclearworld.com Who Exactly Are the Kurds? 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
realclearworld.com Whose Side Is Turkey On? 10/30
strategypage.com SYRIA: The Enemies Of ISIL Are Screwed By The News Cycle 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


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.