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From my diary - War Talk by Joe Biden In Turkey Ahead of Syria Conference.

Biden: PKK is terror group 'plain and simple,' threat to Turkey like ISIL | Hürriyet Daily News - Jan. 2016 |

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Jan. 23 that Washington recognized the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey was as much of a threat to Ankara as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), condemning it as "a terror group plain and simple."

ISIL "is not the only existential threat to the people of Turkey, the PKK is equally a threat and we are aware of that. The PKK has shown no desire or inclination to do that [live in peace]. It is a terrorist group plain and simple. And what they continue to do is absolutely outrageous," Biden said at a news conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, adding that Ankara had to do whatever was needed to protect its people.

"We do agree with you that in terms of their actions Daesh [ISIL], PKK and (Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate) al-Nusra... are simply terrorist groups," said Biden.

Biden said Turkey and the United States were coordinating ever more precisely on what is a "shared mission on the extermination of ISIL."  He praised Turkey for taking "very important steps to improve the security of its border" from ISIL militants.

Biden also said that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution in Syria against ISIL if a political settlement was not possible.

Clash of Interest Over Northern Iraq Drives Turkish-Israeli Alliance to a Crossroads
By Mustafa Kibaroglu

MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL ✭ VOLUME 59, NO. 2,  SPRING 2005

Turkey and Israel enjoyed an almost perfect relationship throughout the 1990s that amazed their friends, yet bothered their rivals. The US war in Iraq revealed, however, that the two longstanding allies did indeed have contradictory objectives and concerns with respect to the future restructuring of Iraq. While Turkey fears the emergence of an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq, the same possibility seems favorable for Israel from its security standpoint, vis-à-vis threats posed by countries like Iran, Pakistan, and beyond. It appears that the "amazing alliance" is heading toward a crossroads. Such an eventuality may change the nature of the relationship from a "win-win" to a "lose-lose" situation unless proper steps are rapidly taken with a view toward rebuilding confidence on both sides.

Armitage: Criticizes U.S. Policy in Lebanon War; Israeli Strategy 'Inexplicable' | Tikun Olam |

    To make matters worse, America's failure to oppose Israel had created a dangerous precedent in the region.

    "We've been sending envoys to Turkey to try to keep them from invading Kurdistan, to try to prosecute the PKK, the Kurdish terrorists," Mr Armitage said.

    "And we're pleading with them and asking them not to do it. But now their answer to us is: 'Why did you hold Israel's coat?'

'Israel's Mossad intelligence agency had a role in Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum', says Erdogan

by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 08:23:12 PM EST

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