Turkey - PKK

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

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stripes.com Kurdish militants fire rocket at civilian airport in Turkey 08/28
dailytimes.com.pk Militants fire rocket at airport in south eastern Turkey 08/28
dnaindia.com Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia 08/28
debka.com Four rockets hit SE Turkish Diyarbakir airport 08/28
dailytimes.com.pk Car bomb in Turkey kills 11 police; 78 wounded 08/27
dawn.com Attack leaves 11 Turkish police officers dead 08/27
aina.org Turkey Ratchets Up Syria Offensive, Says Warplanes Hit Kurdish Militia 08/27
euronews.com Turkish PM says Syria border must be cleansed of threats 08/27
today.az Curfews to be lifted in Turkey's southeast 08/27
foxnews.com 4 soldiers wounded in attack in southeast Turkey 08/27
allafrica.com Egypt: Govt Condemns Turkey Bomb Attack 08/27
bbc.co.uk Turkey PKK conflict: Eight police killed in Cizre bomb 08/26
rferl.org Deadly Car Bomb Hits Southeast Turkey 08/26
foxnews.com Several reported wounded in Turkey car bomb attack 08/26
usatoday.com Report: Turkey car bombing kills at least 11 police 08/26
euronews.com Turkey: car bomb attack on Cizre police building kills at least 8 people 08/26
stripes.com Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 11 police; 78 wounded 08/26
dw.com Fatal bombing hits Turkish police in Cizre 08/26
euronews.com Turkey: car bomb targeting Cizre police HQ kills at least 11 people 08/26
dailytimes.com.pk Erdogan slams PKK’s deadly truck bomb 08/26
thejakartapost.com Several reported wounded in Turkey car bomb attack 08/26
news18.com Nine Dead, Several Wounded in Blast in Turkey 08/26
voanews.com Bombing May Be Sign of PKK Offensive After Turkey Incursion Into Syria 08/26
aina.org Deadly Bomb Attack Hits Police HQ in Southeast Turkey 08/26
stripes.com Kurdish militants claim deadly car bomb attack in Turkey 08/26
zeenews.india.com Eleven Turkish police killed in bombing blamed on PKK 08/26
dnaindia.com Turkey truck bombing: Kurdish militant PKK claims attack that left at least 11 dead 08/26
today.az Explosion hits Turkey: 9 dead, 64 injured [UPDATE] 08/26
today.az PKK behind terror attack in Turkish province 08/26
globalsecurity.org 11 dead, 78 wounded as blast rocks Turkey's Sirnak 08/26
rt.com 11 feared killed, scores injured as car bomb explodes at police HQ in Turkey’s southeast 08/26
telegraph.co.uk Nine people killed in car bomb at Turkish police headquarters 08/26
aaj.tv Car bomb attack targets police in Turkey 08/26
euractiv.com Main opposition leader in Turkey unharmed after PKK attack 08/26
reuters.com Car bomb kills at least eight at police headquarters in Turkey 08/26
france24.com Deadly car bomb targets police station in Turkey near Syria border 08/26
dnaindia.com Turkey: Car bomb wounds more than 70 at police base 08/26
debka.com Eight police officers killed, 45 wounded in PKK bomb attack in Turkey 08/26
voanews.com Car Bomb Hits Police Checkpoint in Turkey, Kills 8 08/26
scmp.com At least nine dead and 64 wounded by car bomb in Turkey after Kurdish rebels target police checkpoint 08/26
zeenews.india.com Eight police killed in southeast Turkey car bomb attack: Report 08/26
euractiv.com Yildirim: Turkey clearing borders to prevent more migrants 08/25
aljazeera.com Turkish opposition leader escapes assassination attempt 08/25
today.az Ankara urges EU not to distinguish PKK and ISIS terrorists 08/25
thecuttingedgenews.com Inside Kurdistan - Rojava's Sustainability and the PKK's Regional Strategy 08/25
csmonitor.com Turkey blames PKK for fatal truck bomb at police checkpoint 08/25
euronews.com Turkey vows to push back PYD fighters from Syrian border 08/25
today.az Syria's Jarabulus freed from Kurdish militants: PM 08/25
aina.org Kurdish Journalist Abducted, Killed in North Iraq 08/25
euronews.com Turkey: PKK blamed for attack on main opposition leader 08/25
globalsecurity.org Turkish president, Iraqi Kurdish leader discuss battling Daesh, PKK 08/24
globalsecurity.org Projectiles from Syria hit Turkey, Ankara fires back 08/24
dailytimes.com.pk Turkey's Erdogan, Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani discuss fight against militants 08/24
rferl.org Turkey's Erdogan, Iraq's Barzani Talk About Closing Schools Linked To Gulen 08/24
today.az Attack on servicemen in Turkey, 5 dead 08/24
reuters.com Two soldiers killed in blast in Turkey's southeast: sources 08/23
stripes.com Turkey: 2 killed in attack on military bomb disposal team 08/23
telegraph.co.uk Angela Merkel urges Turks in Germany to 'show loyalty to our country' 08/23
aljazeera.com How is Turkey dealing with threats from Syria? 08/23
reuters.com Turkey's Erdogan, Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani discuss fight against militants 08/23
euractiv.com Turkey recalls ambassador to Austria after rows 08/23
today.az 2 PKK terrorists killed in eastern Turkey 08/23
bbc.co.uk Turkey Kurdish wedding bomber 'may not have been child' 08/22
globalsecurity.org Clashes with PKK kill Turkey army soldier, injure three policemen 08/22
aljazeera.com YPG to Syrian troops: Give up your arms or die 08/22
today.az PKK attack kills one, injures 3 in southern Turkey 08/22
aina.org Defeating Turkey's Censorship is a US National Security Interest 08/22
globalsecurity.org Turkish FM: Border With Syria Must be 'Cleansed' of Islamic State 08/22
aljazeera.com Turkish military strikes YPG and ISIL targets in Syria 08/22
rt.com Turkey withdraws ambassador from Austria as diplomatic tensions grow 08/22
mypetjawa.mu.nu Turkey's Pet Terrorists Bomb Kurdish Wedding With 12 Year Old Suicide Bomber 08/22
euronews.com Turkey bombards ISIL positions in northern Syria 08/22
globalsecurity.org Turkey Announces More Active Role in Syria Conflict 08/21
france24.com Bomb attack near Turkey’s Syria border kills dozens 08/21
euronews.com Kurdish wedding devastated by bomb attack in SE Turkey 08/21
cnn.com Turkish wedding explosion kills dozens 08/21
euronews.com Erdogan says Kurdish wedding suicide bomber was a "child" 08/21
vancouversun.com Turkey blames ISIL for wedding party bombing that left 50 dead: ‘How did they do such a thing?’ 08/21
cnn.com Erdogan: ISIS probably behind deadly attack on wedding 08/21
news18.com IS Likely Perpetrator of Gaziantep Attack: Turkey's Erdogan 08/21
globalsecurity.org Turkey's Erdogan Links Child Suicide Bomber to Wedding Massacre 08/21
foxnews.com Erdogan blames Islamic State for wedding bombing that killed 30, injured 94 others 08/21
thejakartapost.com Officials: 30 killed, 94 hurt in wedding attack in Turkey 08/21
thejakartapost.com Young suicide bomber attacks Turkish wedding party; 51 die 08/21
dnaindia.com Turkey arrests novelist for ties to Kurdish militants: Report 08/20
aljazeera.com Deaths as blast hits wedding in Turkey's Gaziantep 08/20
timesofindia.indiatimes.com 22 killed, 94 hurt in bomb attack in Turkey 08/20
bbc.co.uk Syrian war: Turkey to play more active role 08/20
aljazeera.com Turkey vows active role in Syria, better regional ties 08/20
voanews.com Turkey Announces More Active Role in Syria Conflict 08/20
nzherald.co.nz Turkish PM rules out new peace process with Kurdish rebels 08/20
antaranews.com Turkey arrests novelist for ties to kurdish militants: Media 08/20
nzherald.co.nz Bomb attack in Turkey - 22 killed, 94 hurt at wedding 08/20
telegraph.co.uk Turkey explosion: 22 dead and 94 injured as 'bomb attack' hits wedding party in Gaziantep 08/20
cnn.com At least 30 killed in wedding blast 08/20
dailytrust.com.ng Blasts targeting police and soldiers kill at least 12 08/19
dnaindia.com Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan links coup suspects, PKK to bomb attacks 08/19
dnaindia.com Turkish authorities detain 29 bank regulatory inspectors: Report 08/19
france24.com PKK claims deadly car bomb attack on Turkish police station 08/19
nzherald.co.nz 5 hurt in attack on military vehicle in eastern Turkey 08/19

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.