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U.S. allies with terrorists to fight terrorists

The State Department has labeled the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) a terrorist organization since 1997, but now the U.S. government is allying with the group to fight ISIS in Kurdistan, reports AllGov.

As noted by the National Counterterrorism Center, the PKK's "urban terrorism wing, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), in 2005 began using terrorist tactics — including suicide bombing — [and] claimed responsibility for a 2010 attack on a military bus, killing five, and a suicide bombing the same year that wounded 32 in Istanbul."

This is not the first time the United States has worked with questionable allies. For example, the origins of the brutal Taliban regime in Afghanistan can be traced to American support during the Cold War.