Turkish Drone Destroys Massive Portrait of PKK Party Founder in Afrin
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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 ” .