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Erdogan Demands U.S. To To Hand Over SDF Commander Mazloum Abdi

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Erdogan Demands U.S. To To Hand Over SDF Commander Mazloum Abdi

Mazloum Abdi is the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces [File: Rodi Said/Reuters]

On October 24, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demaned the United States to hand over the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic (SDF) Forces Mazloum Abdi.

The demand came after US President Donald Trump, in a letter to Erdogan on October 9, said the Kurdish commander was “willing to negotiate” with the Turkish president and “make concessions that they would have never made in the past”.

Turkey viwes Abdi, also known as Ferhat Abdi Sahin and Mazloum Kobane,  as a “terrorist” linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Accordingly, Ankara says that the SDF and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are linked to the PKK.

On October 25, Turkish foreign minister slammed Turkish allies for dealing with groups that it sees as terrorists.

“Our allies’ dialogue with a terrorist [Sahin] wanted with a red notice is unacceptable,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

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