- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) - They may be facing different enemies, but President Barack Obama says the United States and Turkey share a “common threat” from terrorism.

Speaking Monday to Turkey’s parliament, Obama said that while the U.S. and Iraq are targeted by al-Qaida terrorists, Turkey has been dealing with the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The PKK fights for self-rule in part of Turkey, launching attacks from hideouts in Iraq.

Obama promised U.S. support against those attacks.

And he said both the U.S. and Turkey have an interest in making sure al-Qaida doesn’t have a safe haven in Pakistan or Afghanistan. He thanked Turkey for offering to help train and support Afghan troops.

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