Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has submitted a list of requests for United States assistance in countering Kurdish separatists.
“There is a list of requests we have conveyed to them regarding the fight against the PKK,” Erdogan said, referring to the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Erdogan made the comments directly after a meeting with President Obama which focused on counterterrorism.
Reciprocal violence has been on the rise recently between the Turkish military and the PKK, leading to deadly airstrikes that spilled over into Iraqi territory at the end of last month, with US approval. A bomb exploded near the center of the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday, killing three people and injuring at least 15, with Kurdish separatists as immediate suspects. The same day, a Kurdish rebel attack on a police academy in southeast Turkey left four civilians and one of the assailants dead.
US partnership with Turkey against the southeastern Kurds is not unprecedented. The two states cooperated in major atrocities against southeastern Turkey in the 1990’s, leaving the countryside devastated with tens of thousands killed and millions displaced. What this renewed cooperation will amount to is not yet clear.
8 thoughts on “Turkey Asks for US Assistance in Counter-Terrorism”
Turkey being so pro-West, could soon spearhead an invasion of Syria and then assist in a carpet bombing of Iran.
They ask for American assistance? They're more likely to get CIA-Mossad sabotage.
Israel is involved, but probably in the opposite direction. Turkey and Israel have recently had a major diplomatic break over the aftermath of the Israeli piracy that killed nine peace activists by boarding a Turkish ship in international waters.
Thus, what's probably happened is that Turkey was previously getting "anti-terror" assistence from Israel and Mossad, but that just recently ended. This would seem to be the likely conclusion to be drawn from hearing this so soon after that break.
Also, PKK is the terror group that Israeli FM Lieberman was threatening to support in one of his anti-Turkish violent rants during the diplomatic break. So, this could also be a response to the Turks feeling like Lieberman and Israel might be doing more than making verbal threats concerning the PKK.
Turks would be better off turning to the Europeans, so its curious that they are talking to the US. Or maybe inquiries to the Europeans don't leak out as quickly as stuff leaks from the US agencies. Or, maybe its an pro-Israel source in the US that's leaking this Turk approach looking for help against Israel.
Dunno what to say, considering that it is rumored that it is Israel/Mossad who are arming the PKK and putting them up against Israel to begin with.
Turket I love that they stand up to Israel its about time a strong coun tyr did its wat over due.But also Turkey must know America and Israel; are the biggest terrorists in the world.Aks for help from a real friend America will sell you uot for there masters in Israel without a tought about it.You are asking the worlds biggest criminals for help.Turkey you are better than that I hope.
US on one side, Turkey on the other and the Kurds smack in the middle. What could possibly be wrong with that?
Turkey like already said you are asking the world biggest terrorists for help when you and there Israely masters are not getting along.I think you will get more trouble than help.
Israel and America are the terrorists
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