PKK tells Israel Turkey is 'common enemy'

A PKK militant leader described Turkey "as common enemy", urging Israel to sever its military ties with Turkish state.

PKK tells Israel Turkey is 'common enemy'

A PKK militant leader described Turkey "as common enemy", urging Israel to sever its military ties with Turkish state.

The remarks come amid reports that Israel's Mossad agents has been providing training to PKK militants in Iraq.

"Our problem lies in the military ties between Israel and Turkey. Those ties harm us," Murat Karayilan, deputy to jailed PKK chief Abdullah Ocalan, said in a rare interview with Israeli Channel 2 television from his mountain hideout in northern Iraq.

Relations between Turkey and Israel hit a historic low after Israel killed nine Turkish activists in May in an Israeli commando raid on a Gaza aid flotilla on international water to break years of siege.

"Our enemies are also the enemies of Israel," Karayilan said, referring to Turkey's warmer ties with Iran and Syria, which Israel occupies land or threatens to attack.

Turkey has been fighting PKK over the past 26 years. Turkey has launched several cross border operations into the north of Iraq in the past to track down PKK militants, who took refuge at the their mountain camps there. The militant group uses the region as a launchpad for its attacks inside Turkey.

Turkey labels PKK a terrorist organisation, as does the United States and European Union.


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Last Mod: 22 Eylül 2010, 10:14
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