Turkey - PKK

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

Recent articles:

strategypage.com COUNTER-TERRORISM: Turkey And The Fraying Kurdish Ceasefire 07/31
turkishweekly.net I briefed Turkish PM in person, arrested police officer claims 07/30
voanews.com Turkish Kurds Want Ankara to Declare Stance on ISIL 07/25
turkishweekly.net Third Turkish soldier dies after deadly clashes with militants on Syrian border 07/23
aina.org Reconciliation Process Will Help Turkish Assyrians Return Home 07/17
aljazeera.com Turkey approves law allowing talks with PKK 07/15
reuters.com Turkish president approves Kurdish peace process law 07/15
aina.org Turkish Candidate Speaks With Representatives From Different Faiths 07/14
turkishweekly.net AKP mayor of town bordering Syria escapes from car bomb attack after PM Erdoğan rally 07/14
reuters.com Turkish mayor says five wounded in attack on his car after Erdogan rally 07/14
tamilguardian.com Turkey legislation paves way for PKK peace talks 07/12
mypetjawa.mu.nu I Totally Forgot Mocking The Muj 07/11
dw.de Turkish parliament passes bill to make Kurdish peace talks legal 07/10
reuters.com Turkish parliament gives legal recognition to Kurdish peace talks 07/10
aljazeera.com An independent Kurdistan? Yes, but not so fast 07/09
turkishweekly.net No end in sight for cacophony on Kurdish reform bill 07/09
turkishweekly.net Government, Kurdish politicians in row over energy bills 07/08
turkishweekly.net Second phase of PKK withdrawal to start in fall 07/06
aina.org Iraqi Kurds Deny Working With ISIS 07/06
turkishweekly.net Second phase of PKK withdrawal to start in fall 07/05
voanews.com Turkey’s Youngest Mayor Honors Father’s Legacy 07/03
voanews.com Turkey: Missing Kurdish Children Stir Claims, Concern 07/02
turkishweekly.net Erdoğan looking to appeal to Kurdish voters 07/02
voanews.com Missing Kurdish Children Stir Claims, Concern 07/01
dw.de Ankara discovers the Kurdish reality 06/30
turkishweekly.net Armenians look for Turkish-Kurdish peace talks success 06/29
tamilnet.com Sri Lanka: Kurds make strategic gains in Iraq crisis 06/28
reuters.com Turkey submits bill to boost Kurdish peace process 06/26
voanews.com Turkey's Military Construction in Southeast Threatens Peace 06/26
reuters.com Turkey to present Kurdish reform bill within days: minister 06/25
mcclatchydc.com Kidnapped Kurdish school children are being taught to be Jihadists by ISIS 06/21
aina.org Abuses in Kurdish-run Enclaves in Syria: Human Rights Watch 06/20
foxnews.com Human Rights Watch says Kurdish party ruling Syria's northern enclaves has committed abuse 06/19
tamilguardian.com European rights court: Turkey fines for PKK coverage violate freedom of speech 06/18
hrw.org Syria: Abuses in Kurdish-run Enclaves 06/18
reuters.com Kurds committed abuses in Syria: rights group 06/18
punchng.com Turkey opposition accuses govt of protecting ISIS militants 06/17
nzherald.co.nz Activists: Car bomb in Syria's east kills 5 06/17
ipsnews.net Turkey’s Kurdish Problem Likely to Worsen After ISIS Gains in Iraq 06/16
reuters.com Two Kurdish protesters killed in Turkey's southeast 06/08
aina.org Two Kurdish Protesters Killed in Clashes With Turkish Soldiers 06/08
thecuttingedgenews.com The Battle for Syria - Syrian Kurds Under Increased Pressure From Jihadists 06/07
turkishweekly.net Turkish government plans legal steps in Kurdish peace bid 06/07
turkishweekly.net One soldier wounded when protesters open fire on security forces in Diyarbakır’s Lice 06/05
turkishweekly.net PM Erdoğan accuses Kurdish politicians of ‘hypocrisy’ 06/05
aina.org Iraqi Kurdish Village 'Shelled By Turkey' 06/04
reuters.com Turkish security forces, Kurds clash in southeast as protests widen 06/04
turkishweekly.net Five soldiers injured as clashes erupt during protests against security posts in Diyarbakır, Bingöl 06/04
today.az Turkey's PM denies political talks with Ocalan 06/04
turkishweekly.net Political debate over children ‘abducted’ by PKK deepens 06/04
aina.org Turkish Troops Wounded in Clashes With Kurdish Protesters 06/04
stripes.com Syria’s ISIS takes scores hostage in ongoing battle with Kurdish militia 06/03
turkishweekly.net Political debate over kids ‘abducted’ by PKK deepens 06/03
turkishpress.com Turkish Deputy PM praises sit-ins for kidnapped children 06/02
turkishweekly.net Peace process entering new stage, PKK leader says 06/02
mcclatchydc.com Syria’s ISIS takes scores hostage in ongoing battle with Kurdish militia 06/02
voanews.com Turkish Police Fire Teargas to Remove Kurdish Roadblocks 05/30
reuters.com Kurdish militants kill Turkish state militia member as unrest grows 05/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey PM urges pro-Kurdish parties over 'kidnaps' 05/29
turkishweekly.net Deputy PM Arınç remembers ‘Saturday Mothers’ in abducted children case 05/29
news24.com Iraqi Kurds ship oil through region's own pipeline 05/23
aina.org Counter-Terrorism: Kurds And The Lost Province 05/21
aina.org The Syrian Experiment With the Kurds 05/20
turkishpress.com AK Party spokesman praises party's peace bid in Turkey 05/20
turkishpress.com Two soldiers wounded in terrorist attack in Turkey 05/16
reuters.com Kurdish militants wound Turkish soldiers in outpost attack 05/16
turkishpress.com Nine workers 'seized by PKK' in Turkey 05/15
aljazeera.com Kurdish voices grow stronger through film 05/13
aina.org Crisis Group Slams 'Heavy-Handed' PYD Rule in Rojava 05/10
aina.org The Precarious Rise of the Kurds in Syria 05/08
strategypage.com WARPLANES: T129s Finally Arrive 05/01
turkishpress.com No house arrest for Ocalan says Turkish justice minister 04/29
turkishweekly.net BDP lawmakers join sister-party HDP 04/28
aina.org Armed Kurdish Group Kidnaps Two Turkish Soldiers 04/27
aina.org Turkey's First Assyrian Mayor Wants to Make a Difference 04/25
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

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.