People's Defence Forces

Not to be confused with People's Defense Force.
People's Defence Forces
Hêzên Parastina Gel (HPG)
Foundation 1984 (1984)[5]
Dates of operation 1984–present
Motives Cultural and political rights for the Kurdish population in Turkey.[6]
Active region(s) Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Western Europe
Ideology Kurdish nationalism
Democratic confederalism
Notable attacks 1984 PKK attacks
May 24, 1993 PKK ambush
2011 Hakkâri attack
Status Fights against ISIS.[8][9]

Ongoing war with Turkey, after ceasefire ended.
Size over 40,000 active fighters (2015 Turkish claim)[10]

People's Defence Forces (Kurdish: Hêzên Parastina Gel(HPG); is the military wing of the PKK.


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  2. Tahiri, Hussein. The Structure of Kurdish Society and the Struggle for a Kurdish State. Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publications 2007. pp 232 ff
  3. Bila, Fikret (7 November 2007). "Kenan Evren: 'Kürtçeye ağır yasak koyduk ama hataydı'" (in Turkish). Milliyet. Retrieved 30 July 2008. Şimdi İmralı'dan PKK'yı yönetiyor. Cezaevinden avukatları kanalıyla.
  4. "Ojalan: Which way now?". BBC News. 21 November 2000. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
  5. "Terrorist Organization Profiles – START – National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism". Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  6. Howard, Michael (13 May 2005). "Radical firebrand who led bloody nationalist war". Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  7. "War against Isis: PKK commander tasked with the defence of Syrian Kurds claims 'we will save Kobani'". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  8. "BREAKING: HPG operation in Sinjar; 20 ISIS dead". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  9. Sabah {{ |url= |title=The PKK In Numbers}}{}, 28 December 2015
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