Kurdistan Workers' Party

Turkey detains 834 over links to Kurdish militants

Turkish forces have carried out simultaneous raids in 37 provinces and detained 834 people over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday, citing the security services.

Kurdish rebels claim killing of Turkish ruling party official

Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the killing of a local politician from the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party in the restive south-east of the country.

Eight reported dead after clashes in south-east Turkey

Three members of Turkey's security forces and five militants were reported killed in clashes in Hakkari, an area in the restive south-east recently experiencing intense conflict, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

Ten members of Turkish security forces killed in south-east

Clashes in restive eastern Turkey have left 10 members of the Turkish security forces dead, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, blaming the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkey assumes control of local authorities suspected of PKK support

Turkey has assumed control of local authorities in 28 municipalities, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday, effectively overriding the power of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in parts of the south-east.

Turkey grants access to imprisoned PKK chief after hunger strike

The imprisoned head of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is to receive visitors again after a long period in isolation, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.

Turkey suspends 11,000 teachers in Kurdish south east

More than 11,000 teachers in Turkey's south east have been suspended over suspected support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), state new agency Anadolu reported Thursday, just over a week before the start of a new school year.

Hunger strikers in Turkey show support for imprisoned PKK leader

Fifty pro-Kurdish politicians and activists have begun a hunger strike in Turkey in support of Abdullah Ocalan, who leads the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an opposition party spokeswoman told dpa on Monday.

Turkey suspends thousands of teachers in Kurdish south east

Thousands of teachers in Turkey's south east are to be suspended over suspected support of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced on Thursday, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Turkey says it will pump billions in stimulus money to Kurdish east

The eastern provinces of Turkey that are hurting economically from the ongoing clashes between Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters will receive 10 billion lira (3.3 billion dollars) in aid, the prime minister said Sunday.

Fifteen Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish militants

Eight Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdish militants in the east of the country, local officials said Saturday.

Turkey launches airstrikes against Kurds in northern Iraq

Turkey has launched airstrikes against alleged targets of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, where the armed group has bases, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

No injuries following grenade attack on Diyarbakir airport

The airport in the city of Diyarbakir in south-east Turkey was attacked with grenades during the night, with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) suspected of being behind the attack, DHA news agency reported Sunday.

Syrian Kurds: An oppressed minority trying to carve out a homeland

The civil war in Syria has seen the Kurds, the country's long-oppressed minority, emerging as a powerful force, led by a leftist political party and its armed wing which have managed to get the support of the United States for the past two years.

Turkish opposition leader unharmed in convoy attacked, soldier killed

One soldier was killed and two injured when a convoy carrying the leader of Turkey's main opposition party was attacked Thursday in a rural, mountainous area of the country's north-east.

Turkey arrests novelist, journalist Asli Erdogan on terrorism charges

A Turkish court arrested novelist and journalist Asli Erdogan for alleged links to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Hurriyet daily reported on Saturday, after she was questioned by prosecutors. 

Turkish court closes key pro-Kurdish newspaper in Turkey

A Turkish court has ordered the closure of newspaper Ozgur Gundem, charging that it spreads terrorist propaganda for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to a copy of the decision circulated by activists.

Six killed by car bomb targeting police in south-east Turkey

Four police officers and two civilians were killed by a car bomb in south-eastern Turkey Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, as conflict in the area shows no signs of abating

Turkish prosecutor wants Kurdish politicians jailed for PKK support

A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a five-year prison sentence for two leaders of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish political party who spread "terrorist group propaganda" three years ago, the Dogan news agency reported Friday.

Turkey detains Kurdish politicians for planning "illegal protests"

Turkish police arrested members of the main pro-Kurdish political party Thursday for allegedly organizing "illegal protests," the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey: Five soldiers killed in PKK attack near Iraqi border

Five Turkish soldiers were killed and seven injured in an attack Wednesday near a border post along the country's south-eastern border with Iraq, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey: Eight soldiers, dozens of Kurds killed in south-east clashes

Eight Turkish soldiers and 35 Kurdish militants died in renewed fighting in the country's south-east, much of it focused around a military base, the Dogan news agency reported Saturday, citing army sources.

Turkey says coup plotters planned to accuse Erdogan of aiding PKK

A document found by investigators seems to indicate the coup plotters in Turkey planned to charge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with aiding the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organization.

Sydney journalist reportedly charged with links to PKK

A Sydney man was arrested Wednesday and charged with being a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), broadcaster ABC reported.

Turkey frees journalist arrested for supporting pro-Kurdish paper

Turkish authorities have freed journalist and writer Ahmet Aziz Nesin, who was arrested with two rights activists for supporting a pro-Kurdish newspaper, broadcaster CNN Turk reported Saturday.

Report: Over 4,000 killed in army offensive in Turkey since July

Over 4,000 people have been killed in a military offensive against the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in south-east Turkey, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported Monday.

Car bomb attack on Turkish police station kills two officers

Two police officers were killed in a car bomb explosion in south-eastern Turkey on Friday, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Three kidnapped reporters released in southern Turkey

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said that three of its journalists were released Sunday, two days after they were kidnapped in the country's restive south.

Military operation in south east nearly completed, says Turkey

The military operation against the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-eastern Turkish city of Cizre would be over soon, with only 1 per cent of the area still held by the PKK, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said in Ankara on Tuesday.

Turkish court rejects petition on evacuating injured Kurds

Turkey's Constitutional Court on Friday rejected a petition for ambulances to be allowed to evacuate about 20 people trapped for nearly a week in a basement in the embattled south-eastern town of Cizre.

Kurdish youth wait for Turkish army to attack in the south-east

Young Kurds in Nusaybin are prepared for an attack by the Turkish military, erecting barricades in their "liberated zone" in the south-eastern city near the Syrian border, confident that they can hold out against NATO's second-largest army.

Kurds under curfew in south-east Turkey urge Europe to end conflict

The situation in south-eastern Turkey is deteriorating as conflict with Kurdish fighters drags on. Some areas have been under curfew for 50 days, with families divided. The Kurds charge Europe with refusing to intervene.

Academics in Turkey under pressure after signing petition for peace

Academics in Turkey who signed a petition calling for peace amid a surge in violence between state security forces and Kurdish militants are facing pressure, including a criminal investigation, which was opened Thursday.

More than 30 PKK fighters killed in Turkey

At least 30 fighters for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in Turkey's south-east region in the past two days, the Turkish Army said Sunday.

At least 29 killed in Turkish military operation in south-east

At least 29 people, including one civilian, have been killed in a Turkish military operation against the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-eastern district of Silopi.

More than 100 Kurdish militants killed in Turkish offensive

Strict round-the-clock curfews have been imposed on residents of Kurdish areas, raising concern and resentment among locals.

Tanks and house-to-house fighting as Turkey fights the PKK in cities

Turkish security forces are deploying tanks and sharpshooters against the PKK right in the centre of residential areas in south-eastern Turkey. Kurdish outrage is rising at the actions of the state, and also at EU inaction.