How Turkey misread the Kurds -Al Jazeera

There was rioting in the Kurdish majority city of Diyarbakir in south eastern Turkey this week. This article provides an interesting overview of the continuing tensions between the Turkish AKP government and the country’s Kurdish population.

“The war in Syria has emerged as a new cause for tension between Turkey’s Kurds and the Turkish government, at times straining the AKP’s ongoing peace talks with the PKK – and the AKP’s Syria border policy and its support for certain extremist opposition groups in Syria is a big reason why.

Ankara is reported to have links to numerous Syrian rebel groups. These links have drawn the ire of many Kurds in both Syria and Turkey, who view much of the Syrian opposition with suspicion due to their conservative outlook and their support for a strong central Syrian government.”