US State Department. Please Delist The PKK !The PKK is presently listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, EU, and the United States. The United States State Department list the PKK as an FTO. According to the United States Department, an FTO is “Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.”
The Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK, has been listed as an FTO by the US State Department since October 8th, 1997. The US State Department legal qualifications for FTO designation, under Section 219 of the INA (Immigration Naturalization Act) as amended, declares that an FTO is an “organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.”
For several years now the PKK and our United States Armed Forces have been directly collaborating and successfully working together side by side, to directly fight the Islamic State and other terrorist’s groups in Syria and Iraq. The PKK and their affiliates like the PYD, YPJ, YPG in Syria, and the political party HDP in Turkey have come under targeted intimidation, attack and retribution by the Turkish government under the pretext the PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the EU.
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