FBI chief discusses lost weapons in PKK hands

The US has dispatched a delegation, headed by FBI International Operations Chief Thomas V. Fuentes, to primarily discuss US-made weapons falling into the hands of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists in northern Iraq.

FBI chief discusses lost weapons in PKK hands
The US has dispatched a delegation, headed by FBI International Operations Chief Thomas V. Fuentes, to primarily discuss US-made weapons falling into the hands of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists in northern Iraq.

This is reportedly the first contact in five years between this level of the FBI and officials from the Turkish interior ministry. The visit also comes amid US uneasiness about Turkish accusations that US weapons were discovered to be sold to the PKK by some US officers in Iraq. The Pentagon has already launched an investigation into US weapons ending up in the hands of terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and the PKK.

In a related development, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported this week that one in every three US-made weapons distributed to Iraqi security forces have been lost. Recently three PKK terrorists caught in northern Iraq claimed US-made weapons, including M-16s, were being sold to the PKK by the US. Turkish security sources told Today's Zaman that the FBI visit to Ankara has proven a US policy of taking such allegations seriously.

Meanwhile the US was reportedly unhappy with the official Turkish reaction accusing them of selling weapons to the terrorist organization. Northern Iraq in particular has turned out to be a safe haven for arms smugglers, with some of the smuggled weapons also being caught in the hands of recently unearthed gangs in Turkey. In December 2005 FBI Chief Robert S. Mueller visited Turkey to discuss PKK and al-Qaeda-related activities in the country.

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