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Sep 23, 2014 9:57 AM

PKK leader: Kurds should mobilize against IS

The Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) The imprisoned leader of a Kurdish rebel group fighting Turkey has called for a mass mobilization of all Kurds against the Islamic State militant group which is fighting Kurdish forces in Syria.

In a message relayed through his lawyer late Monday, Abdullah Ocalan said: "I call on all Kurdish people to start an all-out resistance against this high-intensity war."

Ocalan leads the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has long fought Turkey for autonomy. Ocalan's group is affiliated with a Kurdish party in Syria whose armed wing is fighting the Islamic State group in northern Syria, near the Turkish border.

Kurds dominate a region that straddles Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

Ocalan also accused Turkey of stalling peace negotiations with his group aimed at ending a three decade-long conflict.


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