Turkey's messy war in the Middle East, explained | The Washington Post

| July 28, 2015


“Turkish police rounded up more than a thousand suspected Islamic State, PKK, and lefitst militants – but the vast majority appeared to belong to the latter two categories, and were not jihadists. … [H]undreds more of those detained were said to belong to the PKK, a separatist faction deemed a terrorist organization by the United States and Turkey. … Ideologically, the PKK could not be farther from the Islamic State: The PKK’s political roots are Marxist-Leninist, and its political leadership is staunchly secularist.


“Turkish police rounded up more than a thousand suspected Islamic State, PKK, and lefitst militants – but the vast majority appeared to belong to the latter two categories, and were not jihadists. … [H]undreds more of those detained were said to belong to the PKK, a separatist faction deemed a terrorist organization by the United States and Turkey. … Ideologically, the PKK could not be farther from the Islamic State: The PKK’s political roots are Marxist-Leninist, and its political leadership is staunchly secularist. Moreover, the PKK and other Kurdish factions have lost hundreds of soldiers in front-line clashes with the Islamic State.” Full story here. Also see: Turkish Fighter Jets Target Kurdish Rebels | The New York Times

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