Tehran’s Arrest Claim of PKK Leader Puts Turkey On Alert

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A high ranking Iranian official’s claim that his country’s security forces have captured the number-two leader of a terror organization PKK, Murat Karayilan. This put Ankara on alert on Sunday as it attempted to establish the identity of the captured extremist.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu sought to clarify the ambiguity through a telephone call to his counterpart in Iran, but only received a denial that Karayilan had been arrested. The incident has added fuel to Turkey’s concerns over a lack of communication between the two nations in the fight against PKK.