December 25, 2008 |
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.
October 5, 2012 |
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 All Turkish forces will be withdrawn from Iraqi territory following the elimination of the terrorists camps.
May 10, 2008 |
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.
August 3, 2008 |
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.
March 21, 2013 |
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.