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Kurds accuse Turkey of supporting Islamic State, suggest that could jeopardize peace at home

Syrian refugees enter Turkey in a sandstorm at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. More than 200,000 people  fleeing the Islamic militants’ advance on Kobani, Syria, arrived in Turkey during last five days to find safety.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Syrian refugees enter Turkey in a sandstorm at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. More than 200,000 people fleeing the Islamic militants’ advance on Kobani, Syria, arrived in Turkey during last five days to find safety.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

A Kurdish organization has accused the Turkish government of backing Islamic State militants fighting with Kurds in Syria, and suggested that could jeopardize a truce that Kurdish rebels in Turkey began in March 2013.

The statement was issued Wednesday by the Kurdish Communities Union, whose honorary leader is Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, the Kurdish rebel group that has long fought Turkey for autonomy.

The umbrella group accused Turkey of "waging a war against the Kurdish people" and vowed to step up its "struggle."

It accused Turkey of supporting Islamic State group battling Syrian Kurdish forces along the Syria-Turkish border, and of stalling the peace process that it launched two years ago with the Kurdistan Workers' Party that led to the cease-fire in Turkey.