Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of supporting Kurdish fighters who killed Turkish hostages in northern Iraq.
The Turkish leader said that despite all claims of non-acceptance of terrorism, the U.S. is behind the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants. “The blood of innocent people killed in northern Iraq is on the hands of all those who protect, support and sympathize with PKK terrorists,” he said.
At the same time, the Turkish leader considered the statement of the U.S. authorities condemning the killing of hostages a “mockery.” Erdogan called on his U.S. counterpart, President Joe Biden, to “take a closer look” at the PKK.
Earlier, the Turkish government accused Kurdish fighters of killing 13 Turkish hostages in northern Iraq. The Kurds themselves claim that the captives were killed as a result of Turkish air strikes. In July 2015, Turkey renewed its armed conflict with the PKK. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, during this period, security forces neutralized more than 10 thousand militants.