|A diplomatic spat erupted between the United States and Turkey after the Turkish government announced that thirteen of its citizens, including service members, police officers, and civilians, were killed (Al-Monitor) by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq’s northern Gara region. The U.S. State Department condemned the killings and agreed that the PKK was responsible after first appearing to question the group’s involvement.
Ankara lashed out at Washington’s initial skepticism. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuked the U.S. backing (WaPo) of Kurdish fighters in Syria tied to the PKK, which the United States considers a terrorist group, and the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador to Turkey. The incident, which shocked Turkish citizens (NYT), further strained U.S.-Turkey ties. U.S. President Joe Biden has previously called Erdogan an “autocrat,” and his administration has rebuked Turkey for human rights issues.