Turkish Drone Destroys Massive Portrait of PKK Party Founder in Afrin

A Turkish Air Force drone has destroyed a portrait of Kurdistan Workers’ Party founder Abdullah Ocalan in the northern Syrian region of Afrin, Sputnik Turkey has reported, citing local media.
The attack, carried out in the area of the southern slopes of the mountain of Darmyk, resulted in the destruction of the monument, built on a 53-meter concrete pedestal

Ankara classifies the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which seeks autonomy, as a terrorist organization. Earlier this month, Turkey began Operation Olive Branch, a military action against what it says are the Turkish Kurdish group’s affiliates in neighboring northern Syria.

Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah described the Ocalan monument as another, albeit “relatively insignificant – piece of evidence of the organic ties between the PKK…and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main partner of the US-led coalition in Syria ” .


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