Abdullah Ocalan and the PKK
- 1978: Ocalan founds the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
- 1984: Kurdish rebels begin an armed struggle in southeastern Turkey
- 1999: Ocalan is captured in Kenya, brought to Turkey and sentenced to death.
- 2002: Ocalan's sentence commuted to life in prison
- 2012: PKK fighting intensifies, imprisoned Kurds go on hunger strike for two months
- 2013: Ocalan meets with Turkish officials in prison, calls for cease-fire.