Erdogan accuses US of supporting PKK
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday (February 15) that Ankara, Baghdad and “northern Iraq” are “unanimous” to completely eliminate PKK.
In a speech to supporters of his AK Party in the Black Sea city of Rize, Erdogan accused the United States of supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), saying that a US statement of condemnation was a “a joke”.
Referring to a statement by US State Department over the death of 13 Turks in the Kurdistan Region, Erdogan said “Now there is a statement made by the United States. It’s a joke. Were you not supposed to stand against the PKK, the YPG? You clearly support them and stand behind them.”
The US State Department said on Monday (February 15) that it condemns the killing of Turkish “citizens” during a Turkish operation against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region.
“If we are together with you in NATO, if we are to continue our unity, then you will act sincerely towards us. Then, you will stand with us, not with the terrorists,” Erdogan said.
Both Turkey and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) blame each other of killing 13 Turks held captive by PKK in a cave in northeast Duhok, Kurdistan Region.
PKK) denied on Sunday (February 14) killing of the Turks who were found dead in a cave in the Kurdistan Region.
Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar accused the PKK of executing the Turks. Reuters cited a security source as saying that there were Turkish intelligence, military and police personnel among the 13 found dead in the cave.
A number of the 13 Turks were killed in Turkish aerial and ground attacks launched on the camp where the Turks held captive, People’s Protection Forces Center (NPG) said in a statement.
“The intensified airstrikes launched by the invader military of Turkey in four days on the captives’ camp was in an aim to kill all the captives,” it added.