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  Tamuz 12, 5770 , 24/06/10

US Assisting Turkey Against Kurds

The United States ambassador to Turkey said earlier this week that the US supports Turkey's efforts to clamp down on Kurdish resistance fighters and is ready to "urgently" consider any new request for help from Ankara.
"We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK,"

Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a written statement on Monday, referring to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has recently stepped up resistance efforts in Northern Kurdistan currently occupied by Turkey.

"The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the US and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat," Jeffrey said, stressing that "there has been no change in the level of US-Turkey intelligence sharing regarding the PKK in northern Iraq."

The United States has been supplying Turkey, a NATO ally, with intelligence on rebel movements in northern Iraq, used particularly in Turkish air raids on PKK hideouts in the region.
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