Turkey - PKK

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

Recent articles:

aina.org Turkey Seizes Administration of Another Pro-Kurdish Municipality 01/22
today.az PKK terrorist 'neutralized' in southeastern Turkey 01/22
dw.com Turkey's state of emergency persists amid safety concerns and economic downfall 01/19
reuters.com Germany won't tolerate Turkish spying, says spy chief 01/19
aina.org Turkey's Pro-Kurdish Party Leader Faces 142 Years in Prison 01/17
globalsecurity.org PKK bombing leaves 4 cops dead in southeastern Turkey 01/17
today.az Turkey hopes White House to change its Middle East policy 01/17
globalsecurity.org Turkey's pro-Kurdish party leader faces up to 142 years in prison 01/17
stripes.com Blast targeting police in southeast Turkey kills 4 officers 01/16
aljazeera.com Turkey: Roadside bomb blast kills four police officers 01/16
khaleejtimes.com Turkey arrests soldiers for 'helping terror group' 01/13
today.az Five soldiers remanded over deadly Kayseri attack 01/13
globalsecurity.org Turkish Lawmaker Sentenced for Almost Five Years for PKK Ties 01/13
countervortex.org Turkey: life term for Kurdish opposition leader? 01/12
reuters.com Erdogan spokesman slams U.S. military for backing Syrian Kurdish militia 01/12
stripes.com Kurdish militants claim car bomb attack in Turkey's Izmir 01/11
aina.org Turkey Destroys 14 PKK Targets in Northern Iraq 01/11
globalsecurity.org PKK Forces Exiting Iraqi City of Sinjar Vow 'to Ensure Stability in Region' 01/10
foxnews.com New cubs of the caliphate: ISIS video shows kids killing prisoners in amusement park 01/09
today.az FM: Ankara expects U.S. solidarity on terrorist YPG, FETO 01/09
aina.org Turkish President Sees Better Ties With U.S. Under Trump 01/09
globalsecurity.org Turkish Security Forces Arrest 442 People in Anti-Terrorist Raids in January 01/09
aljazeera.com Turkish PM Yildirim visits Iraq to mend relations 01/08
today.az Turkey in Iraq’s Bashiqa out of necessity: PM Yildirim 01/08
reuters.com Thousands demonstrate in Paris over murder of Kurdish militants 01/07
aina.org Iraq PM Says Turkish Troops Problem Solved Soon 01/07
aina.org Iraq Military Chief Says PKK Stopped American Team From Saving Yezidi Village 01/07
foxnews.com Turkey detains 18 in connection with attack near courthouse 01/06
af.reuters.com Turkey detains 18 people over Izmir attack, sees PKK responsible - minister 01/06
zeenews.india.com Slain policeman hailed for `thwarting new Turkey bloodbath` 01/06
dailynews.lk New Turkey attack kills two as Istanbul gunman hunted 01/06
en.people.cn Turkey confirms PKK behind bomb attack at Izmir courthouse 01/06
dw.com Turkey detains 18 people over Izmir car bombing attack 01/06
aina.org US Says it Supports PM Abadi's Position on PKK Presence in Iraq 01/06
reuters.com Turkey detains 18 people over Izmir attack, sees PKK responsible: minister 01/06
aina.org Kurdish Militants Attack Police in Turkey 01/06
rferl.org Turkey Detains 18 In Connection With Deadly Izmir Attack 01/06
foxnews.com Suspect on the run after car bomb kills 2 outside courthouse in Turkey 01/05
rt.com Two killed in Izmir explosion, PKK suspected of attack – governor (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) 01/05
dw.com Reports: Explosion near courthouse in Turkish coastal city of Izmir 01/05
cnn.com Turkey: 2 dead in explosion in Izmir 01/05
cnn.com Turkey: Explosion near courthouse in Izmir 01/05
globalsecurity.org Kurdish Militants Suspected In Deadly Turkey Blast 01/05
slate.fr Plus que l'Otan, la Turquie mise désormais sur la Russie 01/04
aina.org Is Iraqi Kurdistan Heading Toward Civil War? 01/04
cnn.com Opinion: Terrorism plays into Assad's hands 01/03
dw.com Experts say Turkey set for terror attack increase in 2017 01/02
cnn.com ISIS claims Turkey nightclub shooting 01/02
slate.fr L'attaque d'une boîte de nuit à Istanbul est un Bataclan à la turque 01/01
debka.com Turkey pays dear for Erdogan overreach into Syria 01/01
bbc.co.uk Nightclub attack: Istanbul police continue search 01/01
dw.com Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik charged with spreading terror propaganda 12/30
reuters.com Turkish journalist held, accused of spreading propaganda: lawyer 12/30
globalsecurity.org Turkey Troops Killed Some 1,170 Daesh Fighters During Euphrates Shield Operation 12/30
aina.org PKK Leader to Withdraw Forces From Northern Region of Iraq 12/30
globalsecurity.org Kurds to Be Included in Syrian Gov't If They Lay Down Arms - Ankara 12/30
globalsecurity.org Five senior PKK figures detained in southern Turkey: Interior Ministry 12/30
aina.org Turkey Imposes Fresh Curfews in 11 Southeast Villages 12/30
nzherald.co.nz Turkey insists US provided weapons to Kurdish militia 12/29
aljazeera.com Turkish court orders release of novelist 12/29
huffingtonpost.com Syria Cease-Fire To Take Effect At Midnight On Dec. 30 12/29
rferl.org Turkish Journalist Detained Over Tweet, Others Go On Trial 12/29
dnaindia.com Turkey detains prominent journalist over tweets: report 12/29
aina.org Turkish President Condemns US Support of Rebels, Terrorists 12/29
hrw.org Turkey: Journalists, Writers Face Terrorism, Separatism Charges 12/28
dw.com Novelist goes on trial in Turkey after 132 days in prison 12/28
globalsecurity.org US Intensifies Weapons Supply to Syrian Kurds - Reports 12/28
globalsecurity.org Turkish Security Forces Detain 508 People in One Week in Anti-PKK Operations 12/27
globalsecurity.org Turkish police detain top opposition HDP official in Ankara 12/27
dw.com Pro-Kurdish HDP party co-chair arrested in Ankara 12/26
aljazeera.com Stop recruiting child soldiers in Iraq 12/24
voanews.com Senior Pro-Kurdish Party Leader Briefly Detained in Turkey 12/23
worldpoliticsreview.com With Attacks in Turkey, PKK Sends a Message to Erdogan—and to Trump 12/22
aina.org Iraqi Kurdish Militias Using Child Soldiers: HRW 12/22
foxnews.com Kurdish militants claim bomb that killed 14 Turkish soldiers 12/20
tribune.com.pk One Turkish soldier killed in car bomb attack in Syria’s al-Bab 12/19
today.az Turkey will not be trapped by terror, says Erdogan 12/19
dw.com Suspected Turkish spy 'thought to have planned Kurdish murders': report 12/19
dw.com Suspect in Kurdish activist killings dies in Paris 12/18
rt.com Turkish nationalists storm pro-Kurdish party’s HQs after deadly blast 12/18
foxnews.com Suspect in killings of Kurdish activists dies in Paris 12/18
france24.com Deadly blast hits bus carrying soldiers in Turkish city of Kayseri 12/17
voanews.com Blast Strikes Bus in Turkey, Kills 13 Soldiers 12/17
upi.com 13 Turkish soldiers killed, 55 wounded in car bomb explosion 12/17
reuters.com Thirteen Turkish soldiers killed, 48 wounded in car bomb attack 12/17
globalsecurity.org Fifteen Detained Over Suicide Bombing In Turkey, PKK Blamed 12/17
nbcnews.com Turkey Car Bomb Attack Kills 13 Soldiers 12/17
dnaindia.com Turkey's Erdogan blames Kurdish militants after bomb kills at least 13, injures 56 12/17
globalsecurity.org Blast Hits Bus in Turkey, Kills 13 Soldiers 12/17
france24.com Suspect in murders of Kurdish activists dies in Paris hospital 12/17
aina.org Pro-Kurdish HDP Party Offices Get Attacked Across Turkey 12/17
dw.com Man arrested in Germany on suspicion of spying for Turkey 12/16
kurdistan.org Fidel Castro: A Role Model for the Kurds? 12/16
tribune.com.pk Bomber in Istanbul attack came from Syria: Turkish foreign minister 12/15
globalsecurity.org Turkish President Announces National Mobilization Following Istanbul Attack 12/15
globalsecurity.org Readout of Secretary Carter's meeting with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Isik 12/15
reuters.com Bomber in Istanbul attack came from Syria: Turkish foreign minister 12/14
today.az Turkey: 235 arrested on terror charges 12/13
aina.org Turkish Warplanes Hit 12 PKK Targets in Northern Iraq 12/13
euractiv.com Bulgaria refutes Austrian claims of ‘joint position’ against Turkey 12/13

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.