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Is the PKK lying low as elections approach in Turkey?

Turkish officials credit ramped up security operations for a noticeable decline in activity by the Kurdistan Workers Party, but some suspect the organization is intentionally maintaining a low-profile in the lead up to local elections.

Protesters demonstrate in support of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan, Strasbourg, France, Feb. 16, 2019.REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

With the approach of local elections in Turkey, proclaimed a “matter of survival” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the absence of one thing is striking: armed attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to the Turkish government, the calm stems from its efforts in the fight against terror, but others believe it is not a matter of the PKK's capacity, but a strategic choice on the organization's part.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu summarized Turkey’s fight in 2018 in an assessment delivered to parliament in November: “We conducted 87,838

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