Turkey - PKK

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

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globalsecurity.org Turkey Seen Taking Harder Stance Against Militant Kurds 04/01
voanews.com Turkey Seen Taking Harder Stance Against Militant Kurds 03/31
realclearworld.com Why Turkey Needs a New Constitution 03/30
turkishweekly.net PKK not a separatist or nationalist group: Senior member 03/30
edition.cnn.com Kurdish leader: Time to lay down arms against Turkey 03/29
turkishweekly.net Turkey Dep. PM: We are trying to finalize solution process 03/27
turkishweekly.net PKK being ‘legitimized,’ Turkish army chief says 03/26
turkishweekly.net Turkish military responds to two PKK attacks 03/26
reuters.com Distrust clouds vision of Kurdish peace in Turkey 03/26
reuters.com Turkish military says clashes with Kurdish militants in southeast 03/25
turkishweekly.net Deputy PM rules out solution process 'gap' with Erdogan 03/24
reuters.com Turkish military launch operation targeting Kurdish rebel hideouts 03/24
realclearworld.com Why Does the PKK Hesitate on the Path to Peace? 03/24
voanews.com Turkish Military Launches Operation Targeting Kurdish Rebel Hideouts 03/24
turkishweekly.net Army denies cooperation with PKK over the removal of historic tomb in Syria 03/23
turkishweekly.net Gov’t convenes key meetings amid row with President Erdoğan 03/23
turkishweekly.net No further step before PKK lays down arms: Turkish President Erdoğan 03/23
grnlive.com Kurdish leader urges end to Turkey armed struggle 03/22
rferl.org PKK's Ocalan Renews Call To End Armed Struggle 03/22
turkishweekly.net More PKK militants surrender as peace process continues 03/22
globalsecurity.org Turkey's Kurdish Leader Ocalan Calls on Rebels to End Fighting 03/22
tamilguardian.com PKK leader calls for end to armed struggle 03/22
turkishweekly.net 100s of PKK fighters surrender in Turkey solution process 03/22
reuters.com Kurds rally in Turkey as militant leader expected to urge progress on peace 03/21
bbc.co.uk Kurdish leader to reveal peace plan 03/21
foxnews.com Jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan renews call for end to armed struggle against Turkey 03/21
huffingtonpost.com Jailed Kurdish Leader Ocalan Says Armed Struggle With Turkey 'Unsustainable' 03/21
sputniknews.com Jailed Kurdish Leader Calls to Begin Era of Peace With Turkey 03/21
dw.de Kurdish rebel leader Ocalan calls on fighters to end armed struggle 03/21
aljazeera.com Ocalan urges PKK to move towards ending Turkey conflict 03/21
voanews.com Turkey's Kurdish Leader Ocalan Calls on Rebels to End Fighting 03/21
aina.org Jailed Kurdish Leader Ocalan Urges Fighters to Abandon Arms 03/21
turkishweekly.net Eyes on Diyarbakır for PKK leader Öcalan’s key Kurdish bid message 03/21
turkishweekly.net Turkey Dep. PM: Do not rely on leak of solution process group names 03/20
newrepublic.com One Group Has Proven It Can Beat ISIS. So Why Isn't the U.S. Doing More to Help Them? 03/20
dw.de Kurdish leader Ocalan eyes 'last chance' for historic peace deal 03/20
voanews.com Turkey's Kurdish Peace Process Becomes Political Hot Potato 03/20
turkishweekly.net Turkish FM: Daesh represents neither a country nor Islam 03/18
turkishweekly.net Turkey aims for progress in peace process 03/18
turkishweekly.net Turkish defense sector pushing drone technology 03/18
aina.org Turkey and the Kurds: A Possible Agreement 03/16
turkishweekly.net Contacts in peace process intensify ahead of crucial visit to Öcalan 03/14
euronews.com Turkish Kurds rally and call for Ocalan to be freed 03/14
turkishweekly.net HDP persistent on visual message from Öcalan on Nevruz 03/13
independent.co.uk Silhan Ozcelik: ‘Disgusting’ trial for young woman who tried to fight against Isis 03/12
turkishweekly.net Turkish dep. PM: March 21 milestone for solution process 03/12
tribune.com.pk German woman killed fighting Islamic State in Syria 03/09
turkishweekly.net Kurdish peace negotiators on verge of political talks: British mediator 03/09
stripes.com Iraqi Kurds say Canadian soldier killed after ignoring order 03/08
turkishweekly.net Turkish leaders celebrate International Women's Day 03/08
turkishweekly.net Solution process is at a key stage 03/07
foxnews.com German court convicts man accused of running PKK finances in Europe, sentences him to 6 years 03/06
huffingtonpost.com Amidst the Medieval Darkness of ISIS, the Kurds Stand for Secularism and Democracy in the Middle East 03/06
crisisgroup.org Friedensprozess in Gefahr 03/05
turkishweekly.net Turkey’s AKP, HDP playing election games, CHP leader says 03/04
turkishweekly.net Security draft will help Kurdish peace, says Turkish PM Davutoğlu 03/03
turkishweekly.net Some HDP figures not 'sincere' in solution process efforts 03/03
turkishweekly.net Davutoglu urges for immediate PKK disarmament 03/03
turkishweekly.net U.S. welcomes call for disarmament of PKK 03/03
turkishweekly.net Turkey to search for oil near PKK's Iraq stronghold 03/03
turkishweekly.net Turkish PM: drop obstacles to Kurdish solution talks 03/02
worldpoliticsreview.com Turkey Security Bill Latest Fault Line Between Erdogan and Opponents 03/02
aina.org Kurdish Rebels Call Disarmament Move Historic 03/02
nzherald.co.nz Kurdish rebels say Turkey must take steps toward peace 03/01
reuters.com Kurdish rebels call disarmament move historic, want Turkey to step up reforms 03/01
foxnews.com Kurdish rebels reject calls to lay down arms; say Turkey must take democratic steps first 03/01
france24.com PKK leader urges fighters to lay down arms against Turkey 03/01
euronews.com Jailed Kurdish leader calls for PKK to disarm 03/01
tamilguardian.com PKK leader calls on militants to lay down arms to seek 'democratic solution' 02/28
globalsecurity.org Ocalan calls for disarmament of Kurdish fighters 02/28
aljazeera.com Jailed PKK leader calls on his followers to disarm 02/28
huffingtonpost.com Jailed Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan Calls On PKK To Disarm 02/28
voanews.com Turkey, Kurdish Leaders Call for Conference 02/28
reuters.com Kurd rebel leader in Turkey calls on militants to attend disarmament talks 02/28
turkishweekly.net Turkey: Court orders retrial of pro-Kurdish lawmaker 02/28
telegraph.co.uk Jailed Kurdish leader in Turkey urges PKK to lay down arms 02/28
dw.de PKK leader Ocalan calls on Kurdish separatists in Turkey to lay down arms 02/28
bbc.co.uk Kurdish leader seeks Turkey peace 02/28
aina.org Kurdish Rebel Leader in Turkey Calls for Disarmament Congress 02/28
euronews.com Jailed Kurdish leader calls for and end to the PKK's armed struggle against Turkey 02/28
rferl.org Jailed Kurdish Rebel In Turkey Calls For Disarmament 02/28
turkishweekly.net German government opposed to lifting PKK ban 02/27
dalje.com Jailed Kurdish leader calls for PKK to disarm 02/27
turkishweekly.net Buldan, Demirtaş to run in June 7 elections despite HDP’s two-term limit 02/27
voanews.com Mistrust Threatens Turkey-Kurd Peace Efforts 02/24
turkishweekly.net Turkey: No contact with 'terrorist YPG' in 'Şah Fırat' 02/23
turkishweekly.net HDP puts blame on gov’t for stall in Kurdish bid process 02/23
turkishweekly.net Turkey denies cooperation with PYD, calls it a terrorist organization 02/23
telegraph.co.uk Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria 02/23
economist.com A dramatic change 02/19
voanews.com Kurds’ Ascendance With West Further Isolates Turkey 02/19
euronews.com Kurdish militant call for concrete steps from Turkey over peace process 02/18
reuters.com Turkish parliament becomes battleground for Kurdish peace process 02/18
turkishweekly.net Security bill endangers Kurdish bid, KCK says 02/16
aina.org Kurds Clash With Turkish Police 02/16
euronews.com Kurds and Turkish police clash on anniversary of PKK leader's capture 02/15
reuters.com Kurds clash with Turkish police on anniversary of leader's capture 02/15
turkishweekly.net Gov’t, HDP prepare joint text for Kurdish peace 02/14
turkishweekly.net Gov’t-HDP talks intensify on eve of possible start of Kurdish negotiations 02/13
turkishweekly.net Turkish FM praises country's efforts towards Kurds 02/13

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.