Turkey - PKK

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

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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
dw.de Clashes between Turkish army and Kurdish militants 04/11
aina.org Turkey Sends More Troops, Aerial Support to Fight Kurdish Militants 04/11
sputniknews.com Four Turkish Soldiers Injured in Clashes With Kurdish Militants 04/11
dw.de Clashes between Turkish army and Kurdish militants 04/11
foxnews.com Germany: PKK apology for 1990s violence not a reason to reconsider ban on Kurdish group 04/10
turkishweekly.net Senior PKK figure apologizes for 90s Germany attacks 04/10
turkishweekly.net Ban on PKK to continue 04/10
nzherald.co.nz Germany: PKK apology no reason to reconsider ban on group 04/10
dw.de Kurdish PKK leader apologizes 'to German people' for 1990s protests 04/09
hosted.ap.org Erdogan slams brakes on Kurdish peace process ahead of polls 04/08
reuters.com Turkish prosecutor calls for Dutch journalist's acquittal in terrorism propaganda trial 04/08
dw.de Hope for Dutch reporter in Turkish 'terrorist' trial 04/08
dailymail.co.uk London sixth-form pupil, 18, appears in court accused of plotting to join Kurdish rebels to fight as a guerrilla against ISIS 04/01
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

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.