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White House says Turkey has right to defend against Kurds

By Associated Press 26/7/2015
An American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington. Photo : AP
An American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington. Photo : AP

WASHINGTON — The White House says Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Kurdish rebels.

Turkey has started striking Islamic State militants, which helps the US-led coalition, but also began attacking Kurds.

The US has been relying on Kurds associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, to make progress against ISIS.

White House spokesman Alistair Baskey is strongly condemning recent terrorist attacks by the PKK, which the US has designated a terrorist group. He's also pointing out that Turkey is a NATO ally of the U.S.

Baskey says the PKK should renounce terrorism and resume talks with Turkey's government. But he also says that both sides should avoid violence and pursue de-escalation.

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Polish Patriot | 26/7/2015
If anything, Turkey should renounce it's terrorist activities. I sometimes wonder, if the American government at present, has got it's head stuck up their backsides and can not see the world for what it is. Sigh....
USA #1 Terrorist | 26/7/2015
I have been telling you since day 1: BEING US ALLY IS A CURSE. It means they WILL sacrifice you sooner or later. USA is a double dealing military-economic empire. Why didnt US arm kurds directly?? Why only airstrike support?? BECAUSE YOU KURDS ARE DISPOSABLE PROXIES TO THEM! They can stop airstrikes the moment the way but the would not have been able to take away weapons
HERODOTUS | 26/7/2015
PKK obey blindly and fanatically Ocalan,who is being grossly manipulated by Turkey.Minor violent reactions from the PKK are ordered by Ocalan with the aim to justify and to trigger greater Turkish violence.That further helps Turkey to enjoy acceptence among Nato member states,and to degrade the reputation of the Kurds.Exactly what Turkey wants.
Kandil | 26/7/2015
Obama betrays Kurds
Sippes | 26/7/2015
Us are the biggest terrorists on this planet with the turks.

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