The Turkish president criticizes the United States after militant Kurds allegedly executed 13 Turks.
An alleged execution of 13 Turkish nationals has prompted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reach out to the United States.
It writes the news agencies AFP and Reuters.
Turkey claimed on Sunday that 13 Turks – including members of the military and police – had been executed by militant Kurds in northern Iraq.
According to the Turks, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK, was behind the executions.
The PKK is considered by both the EU, the US and Turkey as a terrorist organization.
The United States has cooperated with another group, the Kurdish YPG militia, which according to Turkey has links to the PKK.
Erdogan on Monday accused the United States of being on the side of “terrorists”.
– You have said that you do not support terrorists, but when it comes down to it, you are on their side and stand behind them, Erdogan says in a TV speech according to AFP.
In a statement, the United States distances itself from the alleged executions.
“If it is confirmed that the PKK, a terrorist organization, has executed Turkish civilians, then we strongly condemn those actions,” the US State Department said in a statement.
According to Reuters, Erdogan calls the US statement “a joke”.
This is by no means the first time that Turkey has expressed its dissatisfaction with the fact that the Americans have cooperated with the Kurds.
The Turks have often criticized the cooperation between the United States and the YPG, which arose in connection with the overthrow of Islamic State in northern Syria.
Shortly after Erdogan’s statements on Monday, the Turkish Interior Ministry said that Turkish police had arrested 718 people across 40 cities. The individuals are believed to be affiliated with Kurdish militant groups.
The PKK refuses to be behind the executions. The group claims that the men died when Turkish forces bombed the cave where they were trapped.
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