Turkey Links Syrian Rebel Territories With Captured Kurdish Villages

'I'm not a terrorist' - Wanted Syrian Kurdish leader speaks out

SCOTTISH SOLIDARITY WITH KURDISTAN has welcomed the release of Syrian-Kurdish leader Salih Muslim following his arrest in the Czech Republic on Sunday, but said it could set a unsafe precedent if European countries will act at Turkey's behest.

Czech authorities have released a prominent leader of Syria's Kurdish community who was detained in Prague over the weekend.

Turkey had officially asked the Czech Republic to extradite Muslim and take him into pre-trial detention.

"The fight will shift to places where there are civilians, as the zone of fighting narrows", he said, adding that the special forces units have experience in fighting militants in residential areas.

Some experts, however, argued that Turkey will eventually have to yield to worldwide pressure and refrain from entering the town of Afrin.

Ankara's Kecioren Municipality on Thursday sent a team of 22 people, including psycho-social support experts to Marin and Scarab villages which have been cleared of YPG/PKK terrorists.

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He said Muslim has vowed to participate in all extradition proceedings requested by Turkey. The U.S. has continued to call the group its partner despite Turkey arguing that the fight against the terrorist group can not be carried out with another one, referring to the PKK's Syrian affiliate.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis declined to comment on the case Tuesday, insisting that "it's a Czech court that decides".

Muslim was arrested in the Czech capital on Saturday at Turkey's request, according to Turkish officials. "This decision has surely cast a shadow over our relations".

Ankara sees the PYD and YPG as extensions of the outlawed Kurdish PKK movement which has waged a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil.

Turkey deems Muslim, a former head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, a "most wanted terrorist" and offered a reward of almost $1 million for his arrest, according to Al Jazeera.

"In this connection, the Foreign Ministry resolutely rejects the allegation that Tuesday's decision by an independent court was at variance with the Czech Republic's commitments within the fight against global terrorism", it added.

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