January 19, 2013 |
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.
January 10, 2013 |
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.
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.
December 19, 2011 |
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.
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.
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.