Defense. Thirteen Turks killed in Iraq cave: Ankara furious with Washington

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday revived one of the main points of contention between Turkey and the United States by accusing them of supporting Kurdish “terrorists” after “the execution”, according to Ankara, of 13 Turks who were in the hands of the PKK in Iraq.

President Erdogan’s charge against Washington was accompanied by a diplomatic protest with the summons of the US Ambassador to Ankara to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, unhappy with Washington’s reaction to the deaths of Turkish nationals.

“The statements of the United States are deplorable. You say you do not support the terrorists but you are indeed on their side,” Erdogan said in a speech.

Bodies found in a cave

Turkey accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Sunday of having executed 13 of its nationals, mostly members of the security forces, whom it had held captive in northern Iraq for several years.

According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Turkish soldiers have discovered 13 lifeless bodies in a cave in the Gara region of northern Iraq, where Ankara has been carrying out an operation since Wednesday against the PKK, a qualified group. of “terrorist” by Ankara and its Western allies.

The PKK acknowledged the deaths of a group of prisoners, but refuted Ankara’s version, claiming they were killed in Turkish airstrikes.

American Focus

The US State Department said Sunday to “deplore” these deaths. “If the information on the death of Turkish civilians at the hands of the PKK, an organization classified as terrorist, is confirmed, we condemn these actions in the strongest terms,” ​​he added.

The development finally took place on Monday. “The PKK terrorists” are responsible for the death of 13 Turkish hostages in Iraq, finally affirmed the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken, during a telephone call with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu.

During his discussion with Mevlüt Cavusoglu, Antony Blinken underlined “the age and importance of bilateral relations between the United States and Turkey” as well as the common interest of the two countries in “fighting terrorism”.

Rocket fire at Kurdistan, at least one dead

A rocket salute targeted late Monday evening the capital of Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, the authorities said, while security sources said that a military complex where soldiers of the coalition led are stationed. by the United States had been achieved.

It is the first time that such fire has targeted Western military or diplomatic installations in Iraq in almost two months.

A foreign civilian employee was killed and five others wounded, as well as an American soldier, by rocket fire on Monday evening at the air base in Kurdistan.

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