Aug 3, 2014 — The militants are hoping to cement control of the border area between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. At least 14 Kurdish soldiers were reportedly killed in the fighting this weekend.
Jul 10, 2014 — On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused Kurds of sheltering terrorists and Saddam Hussein loyalists. Kurdish ministers withdrew from meetings, calling on Maliki to resign.
Jun 24, 2014 — The Kurdish president tells Secretary of State John Kerry, "We are facing a new reality and a new Iraq." Kerry visited as a key refinery in Beiji fell to the militants after 10 days of fighting.
May 8, 2013 — In a landmark first step, thousands of militant Kurdish fighters of the PKK are pulling out of Turkey and into northern Iraq. There's cautious optimism about the process, which has failed before. Kurds say unless Turkey reforms its policy toward Kurds, the militants won't disarm completely.
Nov 8, 2011 — The Kurdistan Workers' Party's separatist fight has claimed thousands of lives since 1984. NPR's Middle East editor and a listener differ over how to label the armed group. Where do you fall?