Mustafa Karasu

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Mustafa Karasu
Nickname(s) Huseyin Ali[1]
Born Turkey Gürün,[2] Sivas Province, Turkey
Allegiance Kurdistan Workers' Party

Deputy Chairman of PKK
Leader of ERNK
Politibureau member

KCK executive council member
Unit ERNK (previously)
Battles/wars Kurdish–Turkish conflict

Mustafa Karasu also known as Huseyin Ali is an ethnic Turkish[3] militant and the Deputy Chairman[4] of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK),[5] a Kurdish rebel group fighting an armed insurgency against the government of Turkey for an independent Kurdistan. The group is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and EU.[6] Along with Cemil Bayık and Duran Kalkan he is viewed as one of the hardliners among the PKK's leadership and is alleged to have links to Iran.[7] He is the leader of the Alevi Shi'a groups within the PKK.[8] His name was on the list of 248 PKK members of which Turkey wished extradication from Iraq on July 10, 2010.[9]

He was imprisoned for several years after the 1980 Turkish coup d'état, after his release he became a member of the PKK's politburo (leadership council) and led the group's popular front: the ERNK.[10] After working in the PKK's political wing for 3 years, in Europe he was called back to South-Eastern Turkey by Abdullah Ocalan to gain more battle experience.[11] He is currently the member of the Executive Council (de facto government) of the Koma Civakên Kurdistan (KCK), which is the PKK's umbrella organisation.[12]


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  2. ^ Çok başlı PKK, Aksiyon, 27 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Haki Karer, Kemal Pir, and Mustafa Karasu were all ethnic Turks and members of the PKK's Central Committee leadership", David Romano, The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization and Identity, Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 143.
  4. ^ "How Kurdish PKK Militants Are Exploiting the Crisis in Syria to Achieve Regional Autonomy". The Jamestown Foundation. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "World PKK ends ceasefire with Turkey, attacks reported near border". Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  6. ^ US State Department Background Information on Foreign Terrorist Organizations, October 8, 1999
  7. ^ "TODAY'S ZAMAN". Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Terror expert says Iran wants to use PKK as leverage". TodaysZaman. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "For first time, no PKK extradition list given to Iraq". TodaysZaman. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Historical dictionary of the Kurds: [1] (page 158)
  11. ^ "The Kurds and the Future of Turkey". Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "DİHA - Ajansa Nûçeyan a Dîcleyê". Retrieved 23 January 2015.