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Tyrkiske myndigheter hevder PKK bruker amerikanske våpen i sine angrep på tyrkisk jord. Pentagon sender en topptung delegasjon for å undersøke påstandene.

urkish legislators said Thursday that American weapons have been turning up in the hands of Kurdish guerrillas staging attacks in Turkey.

The accusations came days before a high-level Pentagon team travels to Iraq to investigate how U.S. weapons intended for Iraqi security forces wound up being used for murders and other violent crimes in Turkey.

Earlier this year, Turkey complained to Washington about U.S. weapons ending up with rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who have been fighting for autonomy in southeast Turkey since 1984. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people.

«The PKK is in possession of U.S. weapons and they are smuggling them through the border into Turkey where they launch attacks on our military,» said Saban Disli, a legislator and deputy chairman of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. «The fact that this is being investigated is a very good sign.»

U.S. officials said a high-level team led by Pentagon Inspector General Claude Kicklighter will travel to Iraq next week for the investigation.

Pentagon officials learned in May that the Turks were concerned about American-issued weapons being involved in crimes in their country, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

The situation has raised tensions between Ankara and Washington. Turkey has threatened to launch a cross-border offensive into predominantly Kurdish northern Iraq to hunt down the PKK unless the United States and Iraq act against the rebels.

Turks claim US weapons reach rebel Kurds