PKK commander arrested in Turkey after joining Kobane fight


Kurdish fighters of the YPG. File photo

ARA News

Adana, Turkey – Following the Turkish government’s agreement to move Kurdish fighters injured in the ongoing battles in the city of Kobane, northern Syria, to the Turkish hospitals, a leading member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) –who had joined Syrian Kurdish fighters in Kobane and injured there– was reportedly arrested by the Turkish security in Urfa’s governmental hospital, southern Turkey.

Based on the hospitals’ data, more than 550 injured Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and Women Protection Units (YPJ) were moved to several hospitals in southern Turkey, mainly in Suruc and Urfa, following clashes with militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in Kobane.

Speaking to ARA News in Urfa, Kurdish journalist Firas Deeb said that the Turkish intelligence received information by one of their agents in Urfa’s hospital “about one of the PKK’s most wanted leaders”.

Selahattin Dilek, known as Sofi, was arrested in Urfa’s governmental hospital where he was receiving treatment following injury in Kobane battles,” Deeb said. “The Turkish security forces received information that Delik arrived in the hospital and his identity was uncovered as one of the most wanted PKK members.”

Delik joined the PKK in 1995. He holds a German nationality and came to Diyarbakir (southeastern Turkey) in 2007 where he became a commander in the ranks of the PKK, and remained in duty till the end of 2011, then he became a middle line leader in the Guerilla forces of the PKK. In mid 2014, following the orders of Murat Qaraylan (the current leader of the PKK who succeeded Abdullah Ocalan after the latter’s imprisonment), Delik moved to Kobane to serve as a military leader.

Delik carried out many operations that confused the Turkish forces, such as attacking the Tigris Dam and Jandarma bases on November 13, 2013 as well as launching rocket attacks against a division of the Turkish Special Forces in Diyarbakir on October 11, 2012.

Reportedly, dozens of the PKK fighters have recently joined the battles of Kobane, to back Syrian Kurdish forces against extremists of the IS.


Reporting by: Serbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News  

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