New PKK Leadership Takes Over Insurgency

  • Middle East Newsline
  • May 25, 2008
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The Kurdish insurgency appears to have replaced its
leadership amid the current campaign against Turkey, a report said.
The Jamestown Foundation said the Kurdish Workers Party has adopted a
new leadership in the war against Ankara. The foundation said in a report
that the PKK no longer relies on founder Abdullah Ocalan as the sole
Instead, the PKK has been taken over by three senior operatives. The
report, authored by analyst Gareth Jenkins, identified them as PKK Executive
Committee Murat Karayilan, co-founder Cemil Bayik and PKK commander Fehman
"Both Karayilan and Bayik were born in Turkey and are based in the
PKK's main camps in the Kandil mountains of northern Iraq, around 100
kilometers from the Turkish border," the report said. "In recent years, they
appear to have been working closely together.
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