Middle East Terrorist or ally? A Kurdish militia joins the fight against the Islamic State

The PKK is fighting to defend Iraqi Kurdistan from the so-called Islamic State. The group, focused on Kurdish rights in Turkey, is categorized by the US as a terrorist organization.

By , Correspondent

Dominique Soguel

The jagged peaks of the Qandil Mountains have long sheltered the guerrillas of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), a Turkish movement branded by Western powers as terrorists. Its fighters are now fighting the self-declared Islamic State (IS) in Iraq's valleys and plains, posing a dilemma for the same Western powers.