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Turkey accuses US of arming Kurdish 'terrorists'

Turkey accused Barack Obama of arming “terrorists” in a Kurdish militant group in Syria which it has blamed for a deadly car bombing which claimed at least 28 lives on Wednesday.

At least 28 died and another 61 were wounded in the attack on Ankara Credit: Reuters

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused the US-supported Kurdish rebel group YPG of carrying out the attack in Ankara.

America has supported the YPG fighters - linked to the political PYD group - in their fight against Islamic State in Syria but Turkey insists they are terrorists.

Erdoğan said he tell Mr Obama that plane loads of weapons sent from the US had aided Kurdish group - and had also ended up in the hands of Isis.

"Three plane loads arrived, half of them ended up in the hands of Daesh (Islamic State), and half of them in the hands of the PYD," he said

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Two deadly car bombs blast Kirkuk

A pair of car bombs have killed nine people in the Kurdish-held Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, Reuters have reported, citing police and medical sources.

The explosions near a Shi'ite mosque holding displaced people came after an offensive launched by Islamic State fighters which has routed Kurdish forces in northern Iraq andcaused tens of thousands of people to flee.

Islamic State fighters gain more ground in northern Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga troops engage ISIS forces in northern Iraq Credit: Reuters

Militants from the Islamic State have made further ground in northern Iraq, seizing more towns after residents fled the area in fear.

Iraq’s largest Christian town, Qaraqosh, was seized by the Jihadists after Kurdish troops were forced into a hasty retreat, according to AFP.

The towns are among many in the area where thousands of Christians who were forced to abandon their homes in the main northern city of Mosul last month had found refuge.

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Who is President Jalal Talabani?

  • A veteran of the guerilla movement for Kurdish independence
  • Founder of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan - one of two political parties in Iraq's Kurdish region
  • Helped to negotiate Iraq's interim constitution after the 2003 Iraq War
  • The presidency is largely ceremonial, but Talibani has used it to mediate in ethnic and sectarian conflicts
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