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Mustafa Karasu
Nickname Huseyin Ali[1]
Place of birth 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]


  1. [1]
  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
  5. PKK ends ceasefire with Turkey, attacks reported near border
  6. US State Department Background Information on Foreign Terrorist Organizations, October 8, 1999
  7. Iran's role in the PKK's recent terror campaigns
  8. Terror expert says Iran wants to use PKK as leverage
  9. For first time, no PKK extradition list given to Iraq
  10. Historical dictionary of the Kurds: [2] (page 158)
  11. The Kurds and the future of Turkey
  12. ‘Madımak Massacre case needs to be re-open’

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