Turkey - PKK

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

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rt.com Turkish military accused of deadly attack on Kurdish village 08/01
stripes.com Iraqi Kurds ask Kurdish Workers Party to 'withdraw' 08/01
huffingtonpost.com Iraq's Kurds Ask PKK Rebels To Withdraw 08/01
reuters.com Syrian Kurdish forces say 'provocative' Turkey targeting them 08/01
dw.com Turkey presses ahead with PPK strikes, several killed 08/01
foxnews.com Turkey presses ahead with airstrikes against PKK in northern Iraq amid calls for restraint 08/01
sputniknews.com Turkish Airstrikes Kill 260 Members of Kurdish PKK Militant Group 08/01
turkishweekly.net Turkey criticizes Iraq over airstrikes reaction 08/01
turkishweekly.net Turkey opening bases in Daesh fight ‘positive’: US general 08/01
turkishweekly.net US: Turkey’s firm democracy to decide fate of HDP members 08/01
dw.com Turkey presses ahead with PPK strikes, several killed 08/01
globalsecurity.org US Struggles to Align Focus on Fight Against IS 07/31
tribune.com.pk Kurds in Turkey’s Diyarbakir fear return to ‘dark years’ 07/31
stripes.com Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK 07/31
aljazeera.com Several dead in Turkey in attacks blamed on PKK group 07/31
voanews.com Turkey: 5 Killed in Clashes Between Authorities, PKK 07/31
dw.com Alleged PKK attack in Turkey kills two police officers 07/31
panorama.am Trans-Asian train targeted in Turkey mine blast 07/31
realclearworld.com Turkey's Reasons for Joining the Fight on ISIS 07/31
tamilnet.com Sri Lanka: Turkey resumes war against Kurds with US approval 07/31
rferl.org Iraqi Kurds Call On Turkey To Make Peace With Kurdish Rebels 07/31
sputniknews.com Turkey Disappointed by Negative Iraqi Stance on Airstrikes on PKK Positions 07/31
bbc.co.uk Five killed in PKK attacks in Turkey 07/31
sputniknews.com Turkey to Continue Attacks Until PKK Surrenders, ISIL Threat is Eliminated 07/31
reuters.com Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish PKK militant targets in northern Iraq: media 07/31
reuters.com Early poll prospects grow as Turkish air strikes muddy coalition talks 07/31
telegraph.co.uk Two Turkish policemen killed in latest attacks blamed on Kurds 07/31
independent.co.uk Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Meeting the victims of a new bombing campaign over Iraq 07/31
spiegel.de Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War? 07/31
globalsecurity.org 30 Turkish F-16s bomb PKK camps in northern Iraq 07/31
globalsecurity.org Three killed in suspected Turkey PKK attacks 07/31
france24.com Two more Turkish police killed as PKK truce collapses 07/31
reuters.com Iraq's Kurdistan laments caught in middle of Turkey-PKK fight 07/31
turkishweekly.net Germany blames 'forces within' PKK for rising violence 07/31
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM: Daesh, PKK attacks might be linked 07/31
debka.com Two Turkish air strikes kill at least 190 PKK fighters 07/31
rt.com Canada pledges $6.4 mn for Iraq’s fight against ISIS 07/31
dw.com Alleged PKK attack in Turkey kills two police officers 07/31
turkishweekly.net Turkish assembly rejects inquiry into southern attacks 07/30
aljazeera.com Turkish security forces killed in attacks blamed on PKK 07/30
turkishweekly.net UN chief: Turkey exercising self-defense against PKK 07/30
turkishweekly.net More than 1,300 arrested in Turkish police sweep 07/30
bbc.co.uk Turkish soldiers 'die in PKK ambush' 07/30
reuters.com Turkish military says three soldiers killed in PKK attack in the southeast 07/30
turkishweekly.net Germany 'not for an independent Kurdish state' 07/30
turkishweekly.net Iraqi Kurdish leader welcomes Turkish attacks on Daesh 07/30
aljazeera.com Turkey and PKK 'back to square one' 07/30
france24.com The Kurds: The world’s largest stateless nation 07/30
upi.com Kurdish oil secured, Norwegian company says 07/30
voanews.com Kurdish Rebels Attack Turkish Security Forces, Killing 5 07/30
turkishweekly.net Military convoy attacked in Turkey's east 07/30
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Two terrorists killed in army operation in east 07/30
france24.com Video: Turkey’s Kurds condemn renewed fighting with PKK 07/30
realclearworld.com What's Eating Turkey? 07/30
huffingtonpost.com Why Erdoğan Is Fighting Two Wars -- Against ISIS and the PKK 07/30
hosted.ap.org Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after IS attack, fuels anger 07/30
dw.com Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack: military 07/30
turkishweekly.net Trans-Asian train targeted in eastern Turkey mine blast 07/30
turkishweekly.net Turkey's Bahceli urges end to CHP-HDP 'collaboration' 07/30
vancouversun.com Chris Kilford: For Turkey, everything is going wrong 07/30
stripes.com Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after Islamic State attack, fuels anger 07/30
rferl.org Five Dead In Kurdish Attacks On Turkish Security Forces 07/30
euronews.com Turkey: Three soldiers killed as anti-PKK airstrikes intensify 07/30
voanews.com US Struggles to Align Focus on Fight Against IS 07/30
reuters.com Erdogan taking Turkey to war to avenge Kurdish gains: opposition 07/30
globalsecurity.org PKK assault leaves 3 soldiers dead in southeast Turkey: Army 07/30
dalje.com Kurdish leaders under investigation, as Turkey violence persists 07/30
af.reuters.com Turkish military says three soldiers killed in PKK attack in the southeast 07/30
debka.com Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK ambush in Anatolia 07/30
euronews.com Turkish prosecuters launch investigation into leader of pro-Kurdish opposition 07/30
jamestown.org RFE/RL Quoted Wladimir van Wilgenburg 07/30
jamestown.org Wladimir van Wilgenburg Quoted by Sputnik News 07/30
jamestown.org Al-Jazeera Quotes van Wilgenburg 07/30
jamestown.org Business Insider Quotes Wladimir van Wilgenburg 07/30
realclearworld.com Turmoil in Turkey: Erdogan's Dangerous Gambit 07/30
rferl.org Turkey Probes Kurdish Leader, Launches New Attacks Against PKK 07/30
huffingtonpost.com Turkey's Dark Future 07/30
sputniknews.com US Wants to See Turkey, Kurdish Militants Resume Peace Talks 07/30
tribune.com.pk Turkey’s Erdogan in China for talks amid Uighur strains 07/29
foxnews.com Turkey's pro-Kurdish leader denounces creation of safe zone 07/29
tolonews.com Air Strikes Kill Off Hopes of End to Turkey's 'Endless War' 07/29
abc.net.au Islamic State: NATO backs Turkish campaign against Daesh militants despite Kurdish protests 07/29
af.reuters.com Turkey launches heaviest air strikes on PKK since campaign began - official 07/29
globalsecurity.org Strikes Against IS, PKK Carry Risks for Turkey's Erdogan 07/29
globalsecurity.org US Lawmakers Weigh Turkish Anti-terror Moves 07/29
globalsecurity.org NATO, Turkey in 'Solidarity' on IS, PKK Strikes 07/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Military, police quarters attacked in Hakkari 07/29
turkishweekly.net UN condemns PKK terrorist attacks on Turkey 07/29
turkishweekly.net US lawmakers weigh Turkish anti-terror moves 07/29
reuters.com Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire 07/29
aljazeera.com What is next for Turkey's Kurdish peace process? 07/29
aljazeera.com Germany warns of attacks on Istanbul's public transport 07/29
dnaindia.com Iraq condemns Turkish strikes on PKK as 'assault on sovereignty' 07/29
dw.com Erdogan's move means dark days for Kurds in Turkey 07/29
slate.fr La lutte de la Turquie contre les extrémistes kurdes complique la guerre contre Daech 07/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Soldier injured in gun attack 07/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey: HDP files motion in parliament to lift immunity 07/29
rferl.org Kurdish Leader Criticizes Turkey's 'Safe Zone' Plan in Syria 07/29
dw.com Erdogan in China as Turkish lawmakers discuss security situation 07/29
stripes.com Kurdish rebels attack Turkish government lodgings 07/29

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.