Turkish interior minister accuses U.S. of training PKK in Qandil

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Tuesday accused the United States of training members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) at their headquarters located in the Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq, pro-government Yeni Şafak daily reported.

The PKK, an armed group that has been in war for automony in Turkey for over three decades, has been designated as a terrorist organisation by both Ankara and Washington.

Soylu’s statement arrives as a diplomatic row has heightened tensions between the United States and Turkey, which maintains an operation in Syria to rid the region of PKK and what it says are its off-shoots.

'’Citizens of our strategic ally, the United States, are going to Qandil. They are giving training on weapons and how to utilise the media down to the most minute of details,’’ Soylu said, while peaking a military summit.

Turkish officials in June reiterated their threats to storm Qandil Mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan to remove the PKK.