Leadership Reshuffle: PKK Makes Changes in Its Ranks

February 27, 2014

IHS Jane's 

 

Changes in the leadership of the Kurdistan Workers Party suggest preparations for a return to a more hardline stance toward Turkey should the peace process between them break down. They also signal that the PKK is likely to take a more active military role in Syria, potentially in alliance with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces. In addition, the new leadership will likely mend fences with Iran after the PKK fought Tehran for almost a decade through its Iranian branch, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK)...

 

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