Kurdish Rebel Leader Calls for End to Conflict With Turkey

More than 30 years after a Kurdish rebel group took up arms against the Turkish government, the group's leader is calling for peace from his prison cell. Abdullah Ocalan, a hero to many members of Turkey’s sizable Kurdish population, is urging a political solution to the conflict that has claimed more than 40,000 lives. Though Ocalan’s group, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party or PKK, is listed as a terrorist organization in the U.S., the European Union and Turkey, it is viewed as a savior to many of Turkey’s Kurds who were suffocated for years by the state — banned from even speaking their own language or giving their children Kurdish names.



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