The map, which appeared to be user-generated and not a recognition of a sovereign state of “Kurdistan,” became the focal point of controversy this week after several Turkish lawmakers complained that the map was “at the service of terrorist organizations” by recognizing the existence of a territory where ethnic Kurds are the majority.
Turkey is currently fighting an insurgency by the Marxist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which seeks to liberate Kurdish territory from Turkish rule. Ankara considers most Kurdish organizations to be wings of the PKK, a U.S.-designated terrorist group. Turkish officials have expanded their opposition to the PKK to conflict with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), a U.S.-allied militia largely responsible for the eradication of the Islamic State from Syrian territory.
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