US seeks to defuse row with Turkey over 'terrorists'

Ankara (AFP) – The United States on Monday sought to defuse a furious diplomatic row with NATO ally Turkey by saying it now accepts Ankara’s claim that Kurdish “terrorists” had executed 13 Turks in Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had lashed out at the State Department’s initial hesitance to blame the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the deaths. Both sides view the PKK as a terrorist organisation but the US also backs a Kurdish militia in neighbouring Syria in the conflict against President Bashar al-Assad.  Ankara on Sunday accused the PKK of executing the hostages — most of th…

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