Former PYD Co-Chair Salih Müslim arrested and then Released by Czechs… FP roundup…

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2018 at 14:47

Salih Muslim was arrested after attending a security conference in Prague sponsored by countries including the United States. Turkey considers him a terrorist.
Former PYD Co-chair Salih Müslim has been released by the court seeing his file in Prague.
Turkey has submitted files to the Czech authorities regarding the extradition of Salih Muslim, the former co-leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), who was arrested in the Czech Republic upon Turkey’s request on Feb. 25.
New York Times – Rod Nordland – Feb 25, 6:32 AM

A senior Kurdish official from Syria was detained in the Czech Republic on Sunday under an extradition request from Turkey, according to the official Anadolu News Agency in Turkey. The official, Salih Muslim, is the foreign affairs spokesman for

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Militiamen enter the Kurdish-held border area, prompting Turkish troops to fire “warning shots”.
Syrian state television showed a convoy of pro-government militias said to be entering the northern Afrin district on Feb. 20.

Syrian ‘guests’ in Turkey have been used not only as political tools for foreign ambitions, but also for reinforcing the conservative and Islamist ideology promoted by Erdogan’s AKP.

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army, FSA, fighters in the Syrian town of Azez near the border with Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Depo Photos/ Press Association. All rights reserved. On January 20, Turkey began its second military campaign in northern Syria. The target is Afrin, a Kurdish-majority canton and stronghold of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the military alliance led by the People’s Protection Unit (YPG).

Turkey warns Assad not to intervene in Kurdish enclave

Ankara says Syrian government will face military response if it comes to aid of Kurds in Afrin

Turkey warned the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad that it risked a military confrontation with Ankara if it intervened in an ongoing war in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, in a further escalation of tensions that hint at the possible widening of an already complex conflict.


Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on Feb. 20 that reports about striking a deal between the Syrian regime and YPG are propaganda.

US role in Syria alarms Turkey and could dent prospect of peace deal

Build up of US presence and its support for Kurdish militia risks hardening divisions further

As the 1,500 delegates made their way to the Russian city of Sochi to attend a conference billed as a first step to peace talks in Syria, one major power broker was absent: the US.

Once the cake is divided, there will be a political solution in Syria.


Departing from Turkey, Gendarmerie and Police Special Operation forces have entered Afrin through Hassa border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Turkish army will “continue its advance towards Afrin with determination,” warning that the Syrian regime’s attempts to enter the enclave will bring about unwanted consequences, sources have told daily Hürriyet.
Islamist militants – with Turkish army support – are wreaking havoc with a pocket of peace and sanity in the Syrian warThree years ago the world watched a ragtag band of men and women fighters in the Syrian town of Kobane, most armed only with Kalashnikovs, hold off a vast army of Islamist militants with tanks, artillery and overwhelming logistical superiority. The defenders insisted they were acting in the name of revolutionary feminist democracy. The Islamist fighters vowed to exterminate them for that very reason. When Kobane’s defenders won, it was widely hailed as the closest one can come, in the contemporary world, to a clear confrontation of good against evil.

Syrian State Channel: Syrian Army to Arrive in Afrin in a Few Hours

Citing Syrian state channel, Reuters has reported that Syrian army will arrive in Afrin in a few hours.
Turkey on Feb. 22 strongly condemned the Dutch parliament’s motion recognizing Armenian allegations of “genocide” during the events of 1915.

Syria ‘to help Kurds’ in Turkey offensive

It would be a “disaster” if troops were sent to back Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, Ankara says.

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

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