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April 10, 1995
Colman McCarthy's strongly worded commentary (March 31) is full of misrepresentations and errors. The PKK does not fight for Kurdish rights. They fight for the establishment of a Marxist state on a piece of the Turkish land. In the name of their cause they have been butchering Kurdish men, women and children in southeastern Turkey for the last few years. Turkey's recent incursion into Iraq in pursuit of PKK gunmen was for the preservation of its territorial integrity and the protection of the innocent Turkish Kurds of southeastern Turkey.
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July 18, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A Kurdish militia with links to an outlawed group in Turkey was reported Thursday to be in control of a key border crossing along the Turkish-Syrian border as battles raged between its fighters and Syrian Arab rebels. The renewed violence this week in Ras Ayn, on Syria's northeastern border with Turkey, has again highlighted the country's ethnic and sectarian divisions that have come to the forefront during the more than two-year rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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OPINION
December 4, 2006
Re "Bush order freezing alleged terrorist funds ruled illegal," Nov. 29 The Kurdistan Workers Party is a terrorist organization, as acknowledged by the U.S. and the European Union. The heinous acts of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, claimed more than 35,000 lives in Turkey. Following the capture of its leader, Abdullah Ocalan, in 1999, the PKK was replaced by another terrorist group, Kongra-Gel, which launched a series of bombings and attacks on civilian targets as recently as this year.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A jailed Kurdish militant leader called Thursday on guerrilla fighters battling Turkey's government to lay down their arms as part of a cease-fire, a development that could mark the beginning of the end of decades of bloody conflict that have cost some 40,000 lives. “Let guns be silent and politics dominate,” Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned  head of the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), said in a message read at a massive rally in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Reuters reported.  “The state has been reached where our armed forces should withdraw beyond the borders.
WORLD
December 25, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Three Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack by Kurdish separatist guerrillas in a town near the Iraqi border, military sources said. Seventeen soldiers were injured, four critically, in the attack in Cizre by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, the sources said. It came during a visit to Turkey by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki for talks on cooperation against the guerrillas. Turkey's military has recently boosted strikes against the rebels in northern Iraq.
WORLD
October 5, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times
AFRIN, Syria - This tranquil town in northwest Syria is a haven from the warfare convulsing much of the country, but the calm points to profound challenges facing the country - and the entire region - when the fighting ends. The laid-back guards at the checkpoints are Kurdish militiamen. The mustachioed man whose image greets visitors is Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence in a Turkish prison for his leadership role in the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a group deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1995
Re "Turks Press Attack on Rebel Kurds in Iraq," March 22: Turkey launched a preventive military operation against Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) terrorist camps after considerable evidence gathered by the Turkish government indicated that the PKK had planned to undertake widespread terrorist activities. The Turkish military operation is aimed only at the PKK. It has nothing to do with the Iraqi-Kurdish groups currently fighting each other. All Turkish forces will be withdrawn from Iraqi territory following the elimination of the terrorists camps.
WORLD
May 10, 2008 | From Reuters
Military sources said that at least 20 Kurdish separatists and two Turkish soldiers were killed after militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, attacked a military base in southeastern Turkey on Friday. Turkish warplanes bombed rural areas along the border with Iraq after about 50 PKK members coming from northern Iraq attacked a station near the border, killing two soldiers. The bombing killed 20 militants, the military sources said. No further details were available. Earlier in the day three people were killed and a dozen injured in a series of land-mine explosions that also were blamed on Kurdish separatists.
WORLD
August 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Kurdish guerrillas were behind a double bombing in Istanbul last week that killed 17 people, Turkey's interior minister said, adding that all those involved in the attack had been caught. The blasts, 160 feet and 10 minutes apart, were the worst such attacks in Turkey since 2003 when Al Qaeda carried out a series of bombings in Istanbul. More than 150 people were injured in the explosions July 27. An Istanbul court remanded into custody eight detainees in connection with the attack after a prosecutor accused them of membership in the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A jailed Kurdish militant leader called Thursday on guerrilla fighters battling Turkey's government to lay down their arms as part of a cease-fire, a development that could mark the beginning of the end of decades of bloody conflict that have cost some 40,000 lives. “Let guns be silent and politics dominate,” Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned  head of the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), said in a message read at a massive rally in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Reuters reported.  “The state has been reached where our armed forces should withdraw beyond the borders.
WORLD
January 19, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syrian rebel and Kurdish militiamen were battling Saturday for control of a northeastern Syrian town in a dramatic illustration of the deep fissures within Syria's armed opposition. A Kurdish umbrella group, the Kurdish National Council, called Saturday on the rebel leadership to exert influence with its fighters to cease their attack on Ras Ayn, along Syria's remote northeast border with Turkey. The Kurdish group demanded that the opposition leadership “put pressure on these armed groups to stop this criminal war, which is detrimental to the principles and objectives of the Syrian revolution.” Whether the request will make any difference remains to be seen.
WORLD
January 10, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- Three female Kurdish activists were found dead Thursday at an information center for Kurds in Paris, all of them shot in the head in what a French official described as execution-style killings. The victims included Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of the militant nationalist Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. Interior Minister Manuel Valls said the deaths were "no doubt executions" and called them "intolerable. " The three women were last seen inside the information center of the Kurdish Institute in north Paris about noon Wednesday.
WORLD
October 5, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times
AFRIN, Syria - This tranquil town in northwest Syria is a haven from the warfare convulsing much of the country, but the calm points to profound challenges facing the country - and the entire region - when the fighting ends. The laid-back guards at the checkpoints are Kurdish militiamen. The mustachioed man whose image greets visitors is Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence in a Turkish prison for his leadership role in the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a group deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
OPINION
December 19, 2011 | By Emma Sinclair-Webb
There has been much discussion in the U.S. and European media of Turkey as a rising star after its recent stance on Syria and its general support for the "Arab Spring. " Turkey is viewed as the successful merger of Islam and modernization. The Muslim religious coloring of the ruling Justice and Development Party is not seen as being at odds with its democratic, pro-Western outlook. The government has won popular support in the region, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeted rapturously on his recent tour of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
WORLD
December 25, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Three Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack by Kurdish separatist guerrillas in a town near the Iraqi border, military sources said. Seventeen soldiers were injured, four critically, in the attack in Cizre by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, the sources said. It came during a visit to Turkey by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki for talks on cooperation against the guerrillas. Turkey's military has recently boosted strikes against the rebels in northern Iraq.
WORLD
August 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Kurdish guerrillas were behind a double bombing in Istanbul last week that killed 17 people, Turkey's interior minister said, adding that all those involved in the attack had been caught. The blasts, 160 feet and 10 minutes apart, were the worst such attacks in Turkey since 2003 when Al Qaeda carried out a series of bombings in Istanbul. More than 150 people were injured in the explosions July 27. An Istanbul court remanded into custody eight detainees in connection with the attack after a prosecutor accused them of membership in the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1995
"Survey on Kurds Challenges View of the Turkish Hard-Liners" (Aug. 19), although not deliberately, misrepresents the Kurdish issue. For example, you missed the bottom line that a majority of the Turkish citizens with Kurdish descent are against an independent Kurdistan. The survey is under fire from all quarters and the debate is not over yet. Some question the reliability of this survey and produce very convincing arguments that the survey was designed to produce predetermined results to support convictions long held by the advocates of PKK and separatists.
NEWS
November 10, 1994 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shrugging off Arab anger downstream, Turkey opened the sluice gate of one of the world's biggest irrigation projects on Wednesday as it continued to pursue an ambitious goal of doubling its agricultural wealth. A huge spout of water flooded into a canal after President Suleyman Demirel pushed a button to release the first water from twin tunnels, watched by most of the Turkish government and 1,700 guests on the fertile but sunbaked Harran plain.
WORLD
May 10, 2008 | From Reuters
Military sources said that at least 20 Kurdish separatists and two Turkish soldiers were killed after militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, attacked a military base in southeastern Turkey on Friday. Turkish warplanes bombed rural areas along the border with Iraq after about 50 PKK members coming from northern Iraq attacked a station near the border, killing two soldiers. The bombing killed 20 militants, the military sources said. No further details were available. Earlier in the day three people were killed and a dozen injured in a series of land-mine explosions that also were blamed on Kurdish separatists.
WORLD
May 4, 2008 | Asso Ahmed and Tina Susman, Special to The Times
As Turkey's military on Saturday claimed it had killed 150 Kurdish separatists in airstrikes in northern Iraq and a rebel spokesman disputed the account, those caught in the crossfire were struggling to survive in tent cities and even caves. Turkey's military said a series of airstrikes ending Friday had hit 43 targets and killed at least 150 "terrorists" in its most aggressive offensive since its ground incursion in February. A spokesman for the separatists, who operate from mountain bases along the Turkish and Iranian borders, scoffed at the claim.
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