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Turkey and Ocalan strike a deal

The Kurds are an ethnic group spread mostly between Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. They have never had their own country despite numbering over 30 million. Since 1984, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, has fought the government of Turkey for independence. Since 1999, Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK's founder and nominal leader, has been imprisoned as the violence continued. But last week, Ocalan struck a cease-fire deal. Can it hold? Michael Gunter, a professor of political science at Tennessee Tech University, has written 18 books on the Kurds and met Ocalan in person. He discusses the cease-fire deal with Worldview.

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