PKK in Kansas Update

As as a follow up on my previous post on rumors that the PKK is moving to Nagorno-Karabagh, Jamestown has a new article on the same subject that is well worth reading.

Reviving a Forgotten Threat: The PKK in Nagorno-Karabakh

By Anar Valiyev

The decades-long war between the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish army has had a significant impact on Azerbaijani politics. Being a staunch ally of Turkey and suffering from problems of separatism and terrorism itself, Azerbaijan has always expressed its full support for the counter-terrorist actions of its neighbor and has even offered its assistance. The recent escalation of the conflict in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq has not left the Azerbaijani establishment passive. This time, however, the conflict has directly affected the interests of Azerbaijan. The reason is the alleged decision of the PKK’s leadership to move its bases from the Qandil mountain range in Iraqi Kurdistan to the Armenian-occupied regions of Nagorno-Karabakh (Azeri Press Agency, December 18; UPI, November 30; Today’s Zaman, November 30). Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani press has carried reports about the possible creation of a Kurdish autonomous district in the Armenian-occupied Lachin and Kelbajar regions (, December 3). While some analysts consider the prospect of establishing a new Kurdish state in the Caucasus as mere fiction, other experts do not deny the possibility of such a scenario developing. Before moving to an analysis of the current situation, it is worthwhile to look at the historical aspects of the problem.

Read the full article at Jamestown.

About Chirol

Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 - 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty's Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing "Middle East" in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903). "Chirol" is a US citizen and graduate student studying Defense and Strategic Studies and government contractor. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over two dozen countries and lived abroad for many years. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of manyl of others.
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9 Responses to PKK in Kansas Update

  1. Richard says:

    Its interesting how this story is being kept alive. Here we have an Azeri post-doctoral student writing about Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh, relying primarily on Turkish and Azeri sources.

    The Armenian Foreign Ministry has categorically denied the claim both for Armenia and for NK.

  2. Chirol says:

    Well if the Armenian Foreign Ministry denies it then they must be telling the truth right?

  3. R says:

    Foreign Ministry statements of any country are just one element in assessing the veracity of an issue. The same applies to statements made by journalists, think tanks and bloggers.

  4. Chirol says:

    I agree however as for the author, it’s no wonder he relies on Turkish and Azeri sources as I would doubt he can speak Armenian. Nevertheless, as I’ve mentioned this story is interesting yet highly suspect.

  5. patrick says:

    The Armenians might be telling the truth. I would take any information coming from either side in this region with a HUGE grain of salt…including this Azeri claim (there is an excellent chance that it is nothing more than propaganda.)
    Karabagh has no land border with Turkey…anyone trying to get there to attack Turkey has to transit through Armenia proper (whose border with Turkey is closed) or through Azerbaijan itself. They could train in Karabagh and fly via Armenia to northern Iraq (where the PKK is currently.)

  6. pep says:

    I was under the impression that other than there shared animosity of Turks, there was no love lost between the Armenians and Kurds, afterall don’t the Armenians hold the Kurds partially responsible for events that took place at the end of WW1 ? Armenia does provide the PKK with arms and training but the creation of an autonomous region in Armenian-occupied territory seems like a massive step that would further complicate an already unstable region. Afterall we’ve seen this week that Turkey will strike the PKK across it borders. Armenia must surely know that such a step would be inviting direct conflict with Turkey…maybe thats the plan ?

  7. Zuru says:

    Yeah, yet another Caucasian urban legend…very funny!

    Find here an account of my trip up to Qandil last September:

  8. Zuru says:

    All this reminds me of the expansionist plans of the PKK which include the occupation of Nakhichevan…all urban myths!

    In the meantime, find here an account of my visit to Qandil:

  9. Zuru says:

    Dear editor, please

    Delete one of the previous two messages