Category Archives: PKK

Barzani vs. PKK: Recipe for Kurdistan’s Second Civil War?

By Diliman Abdulkader: The first modern Kurdish civil war took place in southern Kurdistan, in what is now the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory, between Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The conflict took the lives of nearly 5,000 Kurdish fighters and civilians, dividing the autonomous region between…

Turkey Headed In The Totally Wrong Direction!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: With a portfolio comprising the Copenhagen criteria, respect for national, democratic and human rights and a little understanding that other people also need freedom, peace and friendly neighbors, Turkey could have gone a great way towards sustainable peace and a wellbeing future. Turkey’s situation, however, is exactly the opposite. Turkey slides slowly but surely…

Turkey’s Last Gamble with the Kurds

By Ozkan Kocakaya: The war declared by the Turkish state in July 2015 on the PKK is rightly viewed as a war on Kurds by the international community. That it was pre-planned and executed on the back of the AKP’s failure to get a majority in the June 2015 elections is obvious. Not only did…

Mark Thomas: ‘Proud to Stand in Solidarity With the Brave Men and Women Who Organise Together and Fight as Equals’

By Mark Thomas: This was the message by the comedian Mark Thomas to Sunday’s UK national ‘Stop Turkey’s War on Kurds! Break the Silence!’ demonstration: Comrades and friends, I am sorry not to join you today but despite my best efforts the vagaries of privatised public transport have prevented me joining you. I am massively…

The Case for Delisting the PKK as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

By David Phillips, Kelly Berkell: Published by Lawfare Removing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) would create conditions for greater security cooperation between the United States and the PKK in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In exchange for delisting, the…

UK National Demonstration: Stop Turkey’s War on the Kurds

Press Release: Break the silence! 6th March 2016, 13:00-17:00 BBC Broadcasting House to Trafalgar Square There is a civil war being fought in the cities and towns of southeast Turkey. Fifty two (52) round-the-clock curfews have been imposed by the central government on Kurdish-majority communities; in some places for the last three months. The government…

Lift the Siege on Kurdish Cities – Stop the War Against the Kurds

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Statement: Following the collapse of the peace process with the Kurds and the victory of the ruling AKP in the second general election of 2015, Turkey is actually now laying siege to its own cities in the Kurdish southeast. This brings back horrific memories reminiscent of the dirty war against the…

Shilan Ozcelik Trial Begins at the Old Bailey – First PKK Trial in Over a Decade

Peace in Kurdistan Press Release: Kurdish woman Shilan Ozcelik, who was arrested in January for allegedly attempting to join the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), will appear in court on Monday 7 September, 10am, for the first day of her trial. The 18 year old was charged with ‘engaging in conduct in preparation to for giving…

The Kurds: Expendable Pawns in Iran, US, Turkey Mid-East Machinations

By Dr. Barry A. Fisher & Luqman Bawari: The United States has trumpeted a July 23, 2015, agreement under which Turkey would, after years of refusal, allow the United States to use the strategically located Incirlik air base in operations against the Islamic State (IS). At the time of publication, no such U.S. strikes had yet…

Roadmap of the Escalation: How Did the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict Upsurge Again?

By Kurdistan Women’s Community (KJK): Download the Background Information File in full (pdf) I. Political Evaluation by KJK The Turkish state has declared total war on the Kurdish people. The decision to undertake this strategy of total war was made at the meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council on 30 October 2014, when the resistance…

Declaration to the Peoples of Turkey and the World, Signed by 232 Academics in Turkey

Support Us In Our Call! Declaration to the Peoples of Turkey and the world, Like many people in Turkey, we, as academics, were emboldened by the peace/solution process between the Turkish state and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) officially initiated in January 2013, hoping for a new era that would end the conflicts continuing for over…

It’s Time To Evaluate The Turkish Contribution Against ISIS!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: On Monday 20th July 32 youths were killed in the Kurdish town of Pirsoz (Suruc is the Turkish name of the city after the Turkification of Kurdistan from 1923) by an alleged ISIS suicide bomber, although Kurds think it’s in reality president Erdogan who is lying behind this. As a revenge action…

Turkey’s Treachery: Missile Strikes on PKK Martyrs Cemetery

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On July 25, 2015, Turkey launched simultaneous missile attacks into Syria against Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) targets and into Qandil, Kurdistan, against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have been the leading force fighting ISIS. Turkey stated its attack in the Qandil region was to destroy arms and munitions storage…

Turkish Jets Bomb Kurdish Guerrillas and Civilians in South Kurdistan (Iraq)

Turkish fighter jet

By the Executive Council of Kurdistan National Congress: Yesterday on the 24th of July, at 10:55pm Turkish jets have bombed Kurdish areas (Xakurke, Qandil, Behdinan, Zap, Gare, Basye, Amedia, and Avasin) in south Kurdistan where mostly PKK guerrillas and civilians are situated. This attacks are still continuing. The AKP government authorized Turkish military and air…

Turkey is Deceiving the Democratic and Public Opinion

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: All of a sudden, on July 23rd, Turkey surprised the world by announcing the decision to join the US coalition against ISIL. Turkey has been supporting all kinds of Islamic terrorists in Syria at least for the last four years. Turkey had it´s well known agenda, which included destroying the Kurdish liberation movement,…