Europe

Belgium’s Court of Cessation ruled on Wednesday that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is not a terrorist organization, ending proceedings launched in 2008 against a number of individuals and institutions linked to the group.

The Belgian government said it nevertheless continues to regard the PKK as a terrorist group.

Thirty-six people and entities linked to the PKK have been tried by Belgian federal prosecutors since 2008 for allegedly recruiting young Kurds in Belgium and other European countries and taking them to combat training camps, according to Euronews.

Wednesday’s ruling confirmed the Brussels Court of Appeal’s March 8, 2019 decision that the PKK is not a terrorist organization.

The PKK is an armed group which has fought a decades’ long insurgency against the Turkish state for greater Kurdish political and cultural rights in Turkey, which is home to a substantial Kurdish minority.

In addition to Turkey, the United States, the European Union, and Canada consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

January 30, 2020

Belgian court rules PKK is not a terrorist group

Belgium’s Court of Cessation ruled on Wednesday that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is not a terrorist organization, ending proceedings launched in 2008 against a number […]
January 30, 2020

US officials say they now know the true identity of new IS emir

U.S. defense officials believe they have unmasked the Islamic State terror group’s current leader, until now known by his nom de guerre, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. […]
January 20, 2020

Profile of new Islamic State emir revealed

The Guardian has revealed the profile of the new Islamic State leader (emir) Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, who was announced by IS last year.  The Guardian […]
January 17, 2020

UK shuts down Islamic school after extremism fears

One of the terrorists behind the 2017 attack on London Bridge worked in a classroom and raised questions about the regulation of schools. Metropolitan Police via […]
January 15, 2020

EU renews its terrorist list of persons and organisations subject to sanctions

The European Council has renewed the so-called EU terrorist list, which sets out persons, groups and entities subject to restrictive measures with a view to combating terrorism. Persons, groups and entities on the […]
January 15, 2020

UK government considering new law to ban the possession of terrorist propaganda

A new law that would make it illegal to possess extremist material, such as videos of Islamic State beheadings, is being considered by the Government in […]
January 10, 2020

Inmates wearing fake suicide vests attack officers in Whitemoor prison, anti-terrorism investigation launched

Counter-terrorism police are investigating an attack by two inmates at a maximum-security jail that resulted in five prison officers being taken to hospital. The two prisoners […]
January 1, 2020

Former member of the Irish Defence Forces charged with a terrorist offence released on bail

A former member of the Irish Defence Forces charged with a terrorist offence linked to the Islamic State group has been released on bail. Lisa Smith, […]
December 12, 2019

Luton man arrested by counter-terrorism officers

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in terrorism. The man was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command in […]

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