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The Kurdish PKK who are they?

Discussion in 'All other military discussion' started by Bombardier, Feb 14, 2018.


  1. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    My interest in the topic of the Kurds and Turkey is growing, so in attempt to gleam more information I have created this thread.

    I found this article on the BBC and if it is true it seems to make the position of the PKK at least very clear

    What are the PKK's ambitions in Turkey?
    In a BBC interview in April the PKK's military leader Cemil Bayik said "we don't want to separate from Turkey and set up a state".

    "We want to live within the borders of Turkey on our own land freely... The struggle will continue until the Kurds' innate rights are accepted," he said.

    Turkey continues to accuse the PKK of "trying to create a separate state in Turkey".

    More than 40,000 people have died in the conflict. It reached a peak in the mid-1990s, when thousands of villages were destroyed in the largely Kurdish south-east and east of Turkey. Hundreds of thousands of Kurds fled to cities in other parts of the country.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20971100
     
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  2. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Wikipedia has the following and whilst I dont always agree with some things I read on wikipedia this seems to suggest the original purpose of the PKK has changed since its inception and now wants similar to that reported on the above from the BBC

    The Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK (Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê‎) is an organization based in Turkey and Iraq. Since 1984 the PKK has been involved in an armed conflict with the Turkish state, with the initial aim of achieving an independent Kurdish state, later changing it to a demand for equal rights and Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.

    The group was founded in 1978 in the village of Fis (near Lice) by a group of Kurdish students led by Abdullah Öcalan. The PKK's ideology was originally a fusion of revolutionary socialism and Kurdish nationalism, seeking the foundation of an independent, socialist state in the region, which was to be known as Kurdistan. The initial reason given by the PKK for this was the oppression of Kurds in Turkey.

    By then, the use of Kurdish language, dress, folklore, and names were banned in Kurdish-inhabited areas. The words "Kurds", "Kurdistan", or "Kurdish" were officially banned by the Turkish government. Following the military coup of 1980, the Kurdish language was officially prohibited in public and private life.

    Many who spoke, published, or sang in Kurdish were arrested and imprisoned. The PKK was then formed, as part of a growing discontent over the suppression of Turkey's ethnic Kurds, in an effort to establish linguistic, cultural, and political rights for Turkey's ethnic Kurdish minority.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdistan_Workers'_Party
     
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    Here is a good video
     
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  5. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    What does this cartoon mean? sorry for my ignorance mil-smile04
     
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    An extract from your link

     
  8. diman Russian Federation

    diman Mi Captain MI.Net Member

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    unfortunately the concept of a terrorist in each country has its own, and may not match the opinion of neighbors

    when the Kurds fought with ISIS they were considered fighters for freedom :)
     
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  9. Bombardier

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    I know what you mean, wise words brother mil-smile08
     
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