Among Ocalan's Disciples
By PATRICK COCKBURN
"There are 100,000 Turkish troops just across the border preparing to launch an invasion of northern Iraq in order to eliminate the guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The US has labelled the PKK 'terrorists' and the Iraqi government--in spite of the arguments of its Kurdish members--has told the guerrillas to disarm or leave its territory. Iran has denounced the Iranian wing of the PKK as a pawn of Israel and the US, and intermittently shells its camps in the Kandil mountains. The PKK, which led the failed rebellion of the Turkish Kurds between 1984 and 1999 and had been largely forgotten by the outside world, is suddenly at the centre of a new crisis in Iraq that may culminate in a Turkish attack.
The PKK guerrillas are surprisingly easy to find, but that is because they want to be found. For the first time in years journalists want to talk to them....."