U.S. to continue sharing intelligence with Turkey to fight against PKK
The United States will continue sharing intelligence on security matters with Turkey, especially on the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), local Today's Zaman reported Wednesday.
Visiting U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried made the remarks during his meeting with Turkish officials here on Tuesday.
Fried said that sharing information is a difficult technical process but so far the two countries have reached the level of real-time intelligence sharing, reproted Xinhua.
He also hailed the cooperation between the two sides by saying "We want the Turkish army to be successful against the PKK, and we are glad our cooperation has gone well during the last year."
Meanwhile, Fried said that the crackdown of PKK has yielded results, but they should continue the efforts.
"We are learning and doing better as time goes on. It will not be satisfactory until the PKK attacks stop. We are doing better now," said Fried.
On Oct. 3, 17 Turkish soldiers were killed when PKK militants based in northern Iraq attacked Aktutun Gendarmerie Border Unit in Semdinli town in the province of Hakkari, and 23 PKK militants were also killed in the clashes.
The anger of the Turkish people is mounting after the deadliest attack happened and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to intensify a campaign to crush the outlawed PKK.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 with the aim of creating an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in the over-two-decade conflict.
Ankara has conducted frequent air raids on suspected positions of the PKK in northern Iraq. In February, Ankara also launched an eight-day cross-border ground incursion against PKK rebels.