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PKK Leadership & leadership structure. DeKalaha Baptiste. Abdullah Öcalan. Ruled with an “iron fist” Wanted to be known as the ONLY leader. Political and Military wings. Responsible for planning attacks against the Turkish military

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abdullah calan
Abdullah Öcalan

Ruled with an “iron fist”

Wanted to be known as the ONLY leader.

political and military wings
Political and Military wings
  • Responsible for planning attacks against the Turkish military
    • Led to them being classified as a separatist terrorist organization
  • Political committees, operated within umbrella organization
  • Ties to the Democratic Society Party (DTP)
leadership structure
Leadership structure

Before Arrest

After Arrest

  • Crisis for the group
  • Three leaders stepped forward
  • Shared leadership
  • Öcalan still managed to lead (from prison)
  • Ultimately stopped functioning (2002)
  • Hierarchical Model
    • Consisted of an Inner Circle
    • Ocalan called the shots, and funneled the orders
    • No decisions made without Ocalan’s approval
currently
Currently
  • Now known as the KADEK “Congress for Freedom & Democracy in Kurdistan
  • Ocalan’s recent call to “cease fire” (ends 30 war against Turkish power)
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SO?
  • Overall, leadership was organized.
  • However, too dependent on Öcalan.
  • Ocalan’s dictatorship can be seen as both benefiting and harming the group