US renews $12 million offer for information on 3 PKK leaders
Senior PKK leaders; Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, Duran Kalkan.
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – The US State Department on Tuesday (April 20) offered rewards for the second time for information on three senior members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Washington authorized rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of Murat Karayilan, up to $4 million for Cemil Bayik and up to $3 million for Duran Kalkan.
The move could help Washington repair strained ties with NATO ally Ankara.
The US Embassy in Ankara has been quoted by the Turkish state media outlets as saying “Anyone who reports the location of key PKK figures Murat Karayilan will receive a reward of up to $5 million, $4 million for Cemil Bayik, and $3 million for Duran Kalkan,"
The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program said “Since 2015, the group has been responsible for the deaths of over 1,200 Turkish security officials and civilians.”
The three PKK figures also appear on Turkey’s “most wanted terrorists” list, according to the Interior Ministry, which describes them as being among the leaders of the organization.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has often accused US of supporting the PKK.
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.”