Kurdish Democratic Party (Lebanon)
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The Kurdish Democratic Party in Lebanon (Kurdish: Parti a Demoqrat a Kurdi e Lubnan; Arabic: Hizb al-Dimuqrati al-Kurdi fi Lubnan) or Parti Democratique Kurde – Liban (PDK-L) in French, is the Lebanese branch of a namesake Iraqi-based Kurdish nationalist party, established by Jamil Mihhu in 1960, and based in Lebanon. However, it was not licensed until 24 September 1970.
Consequently, the leadership of the party passed to Jamil's son, Riyad. Another son, Muhammad, disagreed with his family's position on several issues and therefore in 1977 started his own movement, the Kurdish Democratic Party-Temporary Leadership.
The KDP-L in the Lebanese Civil War 1975–1990
When the War of the Camps broke out at Beirut in May 1985, the KDP-L joined an alliance of pro-Arafat Palestinian refugee camp militias, the Al-Mourabitoun, the Communist Action Organization in Lebanon (OCAL), and the Sixth of February Movement ('6th FM') militias against a powerful coalition that gathered their Druze allies of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), the Lebanese Communist Party (LCP), and the Shia Muslim Amal movement militia forces backed by Syria, the Lebanese Army, and anti-Arafat dissident Palestinian guerrilla factions.
- Lebanese Civil War
- Lebanese National Movement
- Organization of Communist Action in Lebanon (OCAL)
- People's Liberation Army (Lebanon)
- Popular Guard
- Progressive Socialist Party
- Razkari Party
- Sixth of February Movement
- War of the Camps
- "Kurdish Parties". Country Studies. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
- Lokman I. Meho; Kelly L. Maglaughlin (1 January 2001). Kurdish Culture and Society: An Annotated Bibliography. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-313-31543-5. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
- Stork, Joe. "The War of the Camps, The War of the Hostages" in MERIP Reports, No. 133. (June 1985), pp. 3–7, 22.
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