Syria: Ocalan's portrait at Kurdish celebrations in Raqqa

Turkish premier, U.S. should realize militias are terrorists

20 October, 18:13

    (ANSAmed)- BEIRUT, OCTOBER 20 - A huge portrait of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK, which has been listed as a ''terrorist'' organization in the United States and the European Union, was on display on the main square of Raqqa during celebrations organized by Kurdish militias allied to the US for the official ''liberation'' of the former 'capital' of ISIS in Syria.

    The portrait, displayed on a yellow banner, was exhibited in Naim square Thursday during a demonstration of women's units of the YPG, the militias of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), which was created as an arm of the PKK. YPG units are backed by the US in the war on ISIS.

    Ocalan has been detained over the past 17 years in Turkey after he started an armed uprising in 1984 for the independence of Turkish regions populated by Kurds.

    ''What else would the United States like to see to understand that the YPG and PYD are terror organizations?'', commented Turkish Premier Binali Yildirim. Ankara has been slamming Washington for months over its support of Syrian Kurds fighting ISIS. (ANSAmed)
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