Ankara: Kurdish rebels executed 13 Turks in north Iraq

Turkey on Sunday accused Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels of executing 13 Turkish nationals, mainly members of the security forces, whom they had held captive in northern Iraq. The alleged killings threaten to heighten tensions between Ankara and Baghdad, as well as with Washington, which backs groups tied to the PKK in Syria. Ankara has long accused the Iraqi government of being too tolerant of the PKK, listed as a terror group by Turkey and much of the international community. The PKK has for decades used Iraq’s mountainous areas as a springboard for its insurgency against the Turkish s…

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