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'Israel supports PKK, PJAK'
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:53PM
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Over 40 Turkish soldiers have been killed while fighting against the PKK over the past few months.
Israel supports Kurdish militants in their attacks against Turkey in order to put pressure on Ankara, a Turkish political analyst says.

Yavuz Selim, in an interview with Press TV, said that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its offshoot Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) are "definitely supported by Zionists."

He noted that the main reason behind the Israeli support for the Kurdish militants is the fact that Turkey poses a threat to the "illegal existence" of Israel in the Middle East region.

Earlier in June, Sedat Laciner, the head of the International Strategic Research Organization — a Turkish think tank — said Mossad agents and Israeli military retirees had been sighted providing training to PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Laciner said Tel Aviv does not have a positive perception of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, which is led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, took up arms in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

Over 40 Turkish soldiers have been killed in PKK attacks over the past few months.

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