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    Turkish PM Keeps Accusing Syrian Kurds of Links to PKK

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    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed Saturday that the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) receives support from and is part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    MOSCOW/ANKARA (Sputnik) –  Davutoglu further argued that the PYD is part of and receives open support from PKK, a group outlawed in Turkey, as cited by the CNN Turk broadcaster.

    "We do not want Daesh, the PKK or the paramilitary forces of the regime," Davutoglu said at a joint press conference with Biden as quoted by the Today’s Zaman newspaper.

    The fact that the Syrian Kurds are engaged in the fight against Daesh on the ground does not legitimize the group, he said ahead of talks with Biden.

    On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit that Ankara sees no difference between the PKK, PYD and Daesh terrorist group.

    Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast region has seen renewed hostilities between the Turkish government and the PKK since a spate of terrorist attacks claimed by the group and Daesh that began last summer.

    Ankara has long seen the PYD, a political and military force based in northern Syria’s Kobani, as a Syrian branch of the PKK.

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    Daesh, Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey, Syria
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