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U.S. extends financial sanctions on Turkish Kurds

PoliticsWASHINGTON - The United States has extended financial sanctions against a Kurdish rebel group in Turkey to include the assets and transactions of its aliases, according to the Federal Register Monday.

The sanctions now apply to KADEK, the Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress, also known as the Freedom and Democracy Congress of Kurdistan. KADEK is the new name for the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, which fought Turkish security forces in southeastern Turkey from 1984.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell added the aliases to a Treasury Department list of alleged terrorist groups liable for the financial sanctions, a notice in the register said.

That list is broader than the State Department\'s list of 35 \"foreign terrorist organizations,\" which includes the PKK.

Since Turkey captured PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1999, PKK fighters have mostly withdrawn from Turkey into northern Iraq and the group says that it will campaign for Kurdish rights in Turkey through political means.

The United States blocks the assets of groups, companies and individuals on the Treasury list, which contains more than 220 names.

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