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U.S. Director of Intelligence Clapper Was in Turkey, Star Says

March 15, 2012

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper accompanied Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus on a visit to Turkey last week, according to Star newspaper.

Turkey is requesting use of a surveillance system under Clapper’s direction to help track down and capture more than 120 leaders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in the Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq, the newspaper reported without saying how it got the information.

The visit was Clapper’s second to Turkey in five months, Star said.

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