PKK's Syrian affiliate PYD's former leader Salih Muslim detained in Prague


Bozdag also commented on the former co-leader of PYD/PKK terrorist group Salih Muslum, who was arrested in Czech capital Prague earlier on Sunday, saying the Foreign, Interior and Justice Ministries had initiated his extradition process.

Czech police say that have arrested and placed in detention a 67-year-old foreigner at the request of Turkey's Interpol.

Initially a member of the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the ruling party of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) led by President Massoud Barzani, Muslim joined PKK's Syrian offshoot PYD in 2003 and served as its co-chair between 2010 and 2017. No further details were immediately released by Czech police.

The Turkish Interior Ministry had offered a bounty of almost $1 million on Muslim who is listed as a most wanted terrorist.

The party is the leading political Kurdish force in northern Syria, and Muslim remains highly influential even after stepping down as co-chair previous year.

Sources close to the PYD leadership said Muslim was attending a conference in Prague and authorities reportedly arrested him after a Turkish participant took a photograph of him.

Anadolu said Turkey is submitting an extradition request for Muslim.

The YPG has been on over a 30-day long military confrontation with Turkey, which launched a military campaign against the YPG in Syria's northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin. The YPG is the armed wing of the PYD.

But it added that Turkey "will remain resolute in fighting against the terrorist organisations that threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria".