Turkey - PKK

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

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globalsecurity.org Kurds' Mules a Concern for Turkey's Government 07/06
turkishweekly.net AKP-MHP coalition would be 'war cabinet': HDP deputy 07/06
realclearworld.com The Kurdish Moment Arrives 07/05
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM: We will not put country at risk over Syria 07/03
aljazeera.com Turkey has no choice but to accept a Syrian Kurdistan 07/02
aina.org 4,500 Kurds From Turkey Fighting With YPG in Syria 07/01
euractiv.com 'Euphoria' among jihadists in Europe, says German security agency 07/01
turkishweekly.net Solution process should be Turkey's main priority 06/30
ww4report.com PKK attack Turkish military base 06/30
voanews.com Kurdish Peace Process Affects Creation of New Ruling Coalition 06/29
aina.org Turkey Will 'Never Allow' Kurdish State in Syria, Warns President Recep Erdogan 06/27
dnaindia.com Turkey will 'never allow' Kurdish state in Syria warns Erdogan 06/27
aina.org A Century After the Genocide, Assyrian Diaspora Head Home to Turkey 06/26
turkishweekly.net Turkey condemns 'heinous' Daesh attack in Kobani 06/26
voanews.com Kurds Accuse Turkey of Allowing IS Attack on Kobani 06/25
telegraph.co.uk Does Erdogan's hatred of Assad run so deep that he would court terrorists? 06/25
dw.com ECJ: Countries can revoke terror supporters' residency 06/24
aina.org Why Does Turkey Say PYD is More Dangerous Than IS? 06/23
realclearworld.com U.S. Helps Carve Out a Kurdish Enclave 06/22
turkishweekly.net Ankara warns PYD over ‘demographic change’ in northern Syria 06/22
aina.org Will the Civil War in Syria Be a Jihadist Victory? 06/18
aina.org Turkey Accuses Kurdish Militias Battling Isis of 'Ethnic Cleansing' 06/17
france24.com Iranian authorities launch matchmaking website 06/17
reuters.com Turkey sees signs of 'ethnic cleansing' by Kurdish fighters in Syria 06/16
reuters.com Victories over Islamic State give Syria Kurds claim to bigger role 06/16
modernghana.com Al Jazeera's African documentaries up for 6 One World Media Awards 06/16
stripes.com Kurdish fighters seize large parts of Islamic State border stronghold 06/15
euronews.com Thousands flee to Turkey as Kurdish forces push into ISIL's Syrian stronghold 06/15
turkishweekly.net Kurds slose in on IS-held Syrian town 06/14
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Seven PKK members surrender in Sirnak province 06/14
mcclatchydc.com Ethnic cleansing charged as Kurds move on Islamic State town in Syria 06/13
news.com.au Who’s who in the fight against ISIS 06/12
turkishweekly.net Turkey: MHP rules out coalition with HDP 06/12
turkishweekly.net One more suspect in Diyarbakir violence held 06/11
rferl.org Yazidi Militias Fight IS In Iraq, Amid Kurdish Rivalries 06/11
panorama.am West backing Kurdish 'terrorists' in Syria, says Erdogan 06/11
rt.com Erdogan blasts West for destabilizing Syria by supporting Kurdish ‘terrorists’ 06/11
aina.org Turkey's Erdogan Says West Backing Kurdish 'Terrorists' in Syria 06/11
huffingtonpost.com Turkey's Historic Election: Reflecting on a Transformative Moment 06/10
turkishweekly.net Turkey's Deputy PM continues to lambast Kurdish problem-focused HDP 06/09
globalsecurity.org News Analysis: The 'Nice Boy' Defeats Erdogan 06/09
independent.co.uk Turkey elections: Erdogan licks his wounds while Kurds gain hope peace process will be reignited 06/08
rferl.org News Analysis: The 'Nice Boy' Defeats Erdogan 06/08
independent.co.uk Turkey's Erdoğan blocked from power grab after surge in support for Kurdish leftists 06/08
telegraph.co.uk Turkey election: Recep Tayyip Erdogan's dreams of more power shattered 06/07
turkishweekly.net Opposition sees polls as 'last-ditch' 06/05
dalje.com Rally in Turkey's south-east after blasts kill two 06/05
csmonitor.com In Turkey, Kurdish party as kingmaker poses surprise challenge to Erdoğan 06/04
turkishweekly.net 'Solution process' opened new era in Turkey: Erdogan 06/04
cfr.org Time of the Kurds 06/03
aina.org Assyrian Community Hails Reconciliation Process, Reforms in Turkey 06/02
dalje.com Turkey's crossroads: Democracy, Kurdish peace bid dominate concerns 06/01
dw.de Turkey’s elections expose rift in Kurdish society 05/30
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan complains of anti-presidency alliance 05/28
turkishweekly.net Solution process initiated for Turkish nation: Erdogan 05/26
nzherald.co.nz Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack military base; no casualties 05/25
ww4report.com Kurdish factions clash on Iranian border 05/24
dw.de Turkish electoral outcome hinges on pro-Kurdish party 05/23
turkishweekly.net PKK releases kidnapped soldier, technician in Turkey’s east 05/22
turkishweekly.net AKP isolates PKK leader to end peace talks: İmralı delegation 05/20
turkishweekly.net Two soldiers abducted in eastern Turkey 05/20
dalje.com Turkey's military says PKK abducts two people, including a soldier 05/19
turkishweekly.net Turkish deputy PM slams KCK leader over 'trickery' remarks 05/06
turkishweekly.net Turkey sends attack helicopters to combat PKK 05/04
telegraph.co.uk Ready for action: The female PKK fighters in northwest Iraq 05/01
turkishweekly.net Divisions hindering Turkey's solution process 04/30
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan signals new measures against Gülenists 04/30
turkishweekly.net Turkish province pays millions to terror victims 04/28
turkishweekly.net Turkey's main opposition CHP vows to continue Kurdish peace bid with only HDP 04/28
isn.ethz.ch The Islamic State and Turkey's 'Precious Loneliness' 04/21
today.az Security of TANAP provided at highest level - expert 04/20
turkishweekly.net President Erdoğan ‘strongly’ condemns attack against HDP headquarters 04/20
turkishweekly.net Attack against HDP headquarters raises pre-election tension 04/20
turkishweekly.net PKK-KRG tensions rise after fresh war of words 04/18
independent.co.uk David Cameron needs to do more in fight against Isis, says British volunteer fighting Islamists 04/17
turkishweekly.net Terrorists target electric line in southeastern Turkey 04/16
aina.org Turkish Army Clashes With Kurds 04/16
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM avoids highlighting peace process, Kurdish issue in manifesto meeting 04/15
turkishweekly.net HDP should call on PKK to leave cities, Deputy PM says 04/15
turkishweekly.net Turkey's main opposition CHP points to intel failure in Ağrı incident 04/15
euronews.com Movie-makers and critics pull out of Istanbul Film Festival amid censorship row 04/15
thelocal.de Police grab 'Turkish Communists' in raids 04/15
aina.org For Turkey and Its Kurds, Endgagame is Out of Reach 04/15
turkishweekly.net Public backs Turkey's solution process: Deputy prime min. 04/15
turkishweekly.net Turkey’s culture ministry denies censorship accusation 04/14
globalsecurity.org Slim Chance of Turkish-Kurd Talks Before June Election 04/14
reuters.com Turkish prosecutor challenges acquittal of Dutch journalist on terror charges 04/14
voanews.com Censorship Leads to Cancellation of Istanbul Film Fest 04/14
reuters.com Dutch journalist acquitted of Turkish terrorism propaganda charge 04/13
sputniknews.com Turkish Court Clears Dutch Journalist of Terrorism-Related Charges 04/13
turkishweekly.net Censorship claims overshadow Istanbul Film Festival 04/13
turkishweekly.net First election debate comes amid clashes with the PKK 04/13
euronews.com Dutch journalist acquitted of Turkish terrorist propaganda charge 04/13
grnlive.com Five PKK Kurd militants killed in battle with Turkish forces - CNN 04/12
nzherald.co.nz 5 Kurdish rebels killed in clash in eastern Turkey 04/12
aljazeera.com Turkish army kills PKK rebels in Agri clash 04/12
foxnews.com Turkish military: PKK rebels fire on soldiers; 4 wounded 04/11
nzherald.co.nz Turkey: PKK open fire, 4 soldiers wounded 04/11
turkishweekly.net Terrorists target security forces in eastern Turkey 04/11
turkishweekly.net PKK apologizes to Germany for violent acts in 90s 04/11

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.