Here's what the US has to say about the PKK and Turkey, part II

Published July 28th, 2015 - 10:37 GMT
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed a group of reporters during a press conference in  Washington DC on Monday. (AFP/File)
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed a group of reporters during a press conference in Washington DC on Monday. (AFP/File)

People have been lining up all week to speak up about the bubbling battle between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

So far, the US has been quiet on Turkey and the PKK— Ambassador Brett McGurk sent out a statement on Twitter earlier this week vaguely standing behind Turkey.

But the State Department was pushed for a further response Monday, when Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed a group of reporters during a press conference in Washington DC. 

Unsurprisingly, journalists there wanted to know what everyone's been asking since Turkish airstrikes against the Kurdish militants first began — how is the US responding to a brewing fight between the Kurds and Ankara, two of its biggest MENA allies? And what about the fact that Turkey gave the green light on a US request to use their bases for coalition airstrikes against Daesh (ISIS) just days before they began bombing the PKK?

Turns out, Kirby had about as much to say about that as McGurk did earlier this week — not much.

"I understand the coincidence of all this," he said after being asked, again, if Ankara's permission was related to their own strikes against the PKK. "But it is just that."

Watch the video below. Footage by C-SPAN. 

 


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