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Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

A Kurdish organization established in Turkey in 1978. It initially sought to create the independent country of Kurdistan. Ideologically, the PKK combined the anti-colonial ideas with Marxism-Leninism. Since 1984, it has led the armed combat fight against Turkey which is responsible for the numerous reprisals of the PKK members. So far, the conflict has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people. In the mid-90s, the PKK members mostly abandoned Marxism-Leninism in favor of the idea of independence. Their main demands are now revolving around democracy, feminism and ecology, as well as the creation of the Federation of the Middle East States which would be based on these principles. The leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan has been serving life imprisonment sentence in a Turkish prison since 1999. He was convicted of killing all the people who died in the course of the ongoing Kurdish-Turkish conflict.

5 March 2018
Asia, Syria

Civilian tragedy in Afrin and east Ghouta continues

At least 2595 people (including over 1000 civilians and 373 children) died in Syria in February. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that almost two thirds of the death toll is the aftermath of bombings in . Fierce battles are also taking place in . The situation has not changed after the 30-day ceasefire […]
Paweł Pieniążek
29 January 2018
Asia, Syria

Syria: Operation Olive Branch claims 200 lives

In response to the Turkish aggression Avêsta Xabûr, a Kurdish woman, committed a suicide attack by blowing herself up. One tank was destroyed and at least Turkish soldiers died. According to one version, she used a grenade. Other versions, popularized by some of the Kurdish media, claim that the 20-year-old had explosives tied to her […]
Paweł Pieniążek
22 January 2018
Asia, Syria

Turkey attacks Afrin

The Kurd-dominated region of Afrin in northern Syria is currently targeted by Turkish air raids. Turkey has also announced that it is going to attack the city of Manbij. The first planes that initiated the attacks on the Kurdish militias of and appeared over the Afrin on January 20st 2018. A day later the Turkish […]
Paweł Pieniążek
10 January 2018
Asia, Syria

Is there a chance for peace in Syria? Talks in Sochi will bring more questions than answers

The aim of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress (an official name for the planned meeting in Russian Sochi) is to create a draft of a new Syria constitution. Anyway, little is known about the meeting. The formula of the congress is unknown and its date has been postponed several times. Up to 1,700 people may […]
Paweł Pieniążek
11 December 2017
Asia, Syria

Russia tightens cooperation with the Syrian Kurds

Russian major general Yevgeny Poplavski met with Nouri Mahmoud, the spokesman for the , a Kurdish militia group. The meeting took place on 3rd of December 2017 in Al-Salihiyah, a town located in the Deir ez-Zor province. Mahmoud said: “The YPG and are always ready to fight with all forms of terror, using the support […]
Paweł Pieniążek