Backstory: The Kurdistan Workers Party

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There are an estimated 28 million Kurds and the PKK (The Kurdistan Workers Party) hopes to unite them in an independent Kurdistan. It is considered to be a terrorist organization by the United States, NATO and EU countries. Aliza Marcus explains the PKK’s origins and how the movement became radicalized. She covered the PKK for more than eight years for both The Christian Science Monitor and Reuters and is the author of Blood and Belief.

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