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Can PKK transform military might into political power?

As regional developments open new military and political arenas to the PKK, it is unlikely that the Turkish peace process will end with the Kurds disarming.
A Kurdish flag and a Islamic State flag flutter on each end of the Mullah Abdullah bridge in southern Kirkuk September 29, 2014. Members of the Kurdish security forces and the Islamic State are holding fort behind sandbags on different ends of the bridge. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR4884H
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In our conversation at the Erbil headquarters of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Sadi Ahmed Pire, the foreign relations official of the Kurdistan Patriotic Union (PUK), had some unusual comments about Turkey’s standing. Pire told Al-Monitor: “The United States comes from across the ocean, Britain and Germany come from Europe, but our next-door neighbor Turkey can’t come? Turkey is a good guest at the table. But when its friend is attacked it watches from a distance. It constantly talks of security of its borders. What about security of our borders?”

When asked if he was alluding to Turkey not preventing the passage of the Islamic State (IS), Pire said: “Yes, Turkey did not prevent it.” He added: “Turkey’s role is shameful. If it is not helping now, when will it? It is our trade partner. For it to do nothing against ISIS is not compatible with friendship and partnership. The Iraqi people’s opinion of Turkey changed 80%. People now think Turkey is deceiving them and has abandoned the people.”

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