PKK and AKP: Adversaries or Allies? Op-Ed by Yerevan Saeed (F13)


The recent Turkish crisis and shifting geopolitics in the region seem to have brought the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Justice and Development Party (AKP) closer than any time in the past.

Despite frequent inflammatory rhetoric by leaders of both sides, the PKK and AKP are finding it more mutually beneficial to work and cooperate together to navigate through the current challenges in Turkey.  These could derail the long-awaited PKK-Ankara peace process and eventually lead to the overthrow of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

While it is not new for the PKK to accuse the US of being behind various plots in the region, one of the group’s top commanders made interesting comments in a recent newspaper interview that were compatible with views expressed by Erdogan.

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