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Turkey denies linkage to any terrorist group

21 June 2014 [09:45] - TODAY.AZ
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday has flatly rejected accusations that Ankara has relations with the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a meeting with his German counterpart in Istanbul, Anadolu Agency reported.

"Turkey has not supported terror. We have no direct and indirect relations with any terror organizations. We reject violence," Davutoglu said adding that Turkey also rejects any link between Islam and terror.

He urged the international community not to show any kind of weakness against terror as "all kinds of terror is a threat," he said.

"We are against all kinds of terror and those who associate Islam with terror are making the biggest contribution to Al Qaeda," he continued.

The militant group, which already controls parts of Syria, has extended its reach into Iraq since June 10, when it seized Iraq's second-largest city Mosul and soon afterwards took near-complete control of the northern city of Tikrit. ISIL also controls parts of Anbar province in the country's west.

Iraq has seen a marked increase in sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims in recent months, which the Iraqi government blames on ISIL.

Davutoglu said that "our primary responsibility is that we should stop the war in Iraq, and the country needs a government who can embrace all factions in the country."

He affirmed that Turkey does not need any help from NATO against Iraq so far as "Turkey is not at risk right now."



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