Abdullah Öcalan

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Abdullah Öcalan ( OH-jə-lahn; Turkish: [œdʒaɫan]; born 4 April 1949), also known as Apo (short for both Abdullah and "uncle" in Kurdish), is a Kurdish nationalist and one of the founding members of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).Öcalan was based in Syria from 1979 to 1998. He helped found the PKK in 1978, and led it into the Kurdish–Turkish conflict in 1984. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abdullah Öcalan has received more than 1,073,213 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Abdullah Öcalan is the 19th most popular extremist (down from 16th in 2019), the 194th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 168th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Turkish Extremist.

Abdullah Öcalan is a Kurdish leader, and is most famous for being the founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

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  • 55

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  • 8.39

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  • 3.10

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Among extremists, Abdullah Öcalan ranks 19 out of 205Before him are Ed Gein, Ramón Mercader, Ulrike Meinhof, Ted Kaczynski, Zodiac Killer, and Albert Fish. After him are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Charles Ponzi, Cleon, Machine Gun Kelly, Jim Jones, and Amon Göth.

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Among people born in 1949, Abdullah Öcalan ranks 20Before him are Caitlyn Jenner, Roger Taylor, Arsène Wenger, Jeff Bridges, Bernard Arnault, and Lech Kaczyński. After him are Ken Follett, Jessica Lange, Slavoj Žižek, Maurice Gibb, Patrick Süskind, and Carlos the Jackal.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Abdullah Öcalan ranks 194 out of 1,128Before him are Michael I Cerularius (1005), Pope John V (635), Stateira II (-346), Alexios III Angelos (1153), Briseis (null), and Theodore I Laskaris (1174). After him are Pope Constantine (664), Hippodamus of Miletus (-498), Pope John VI (655), John VII Palaiologos (1370), Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca (1853), and Parascheva of the Balkans (1000).

Among EXTREMISTS In Turkey

Among extremists born in Turkey, Abdullah Öcalan ranks 2Before him are Herostratus (-301). After him are Mehmet Ali Ağca (1958).