Members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have allegedly kidnapped a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Redur Xelil, somewhere in northeastern Syria, according to the Kurdistan24 media outlet headquartered in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
According to the media, the incident could be a result of some growing internal division between leaders of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the YPG.
Formally, the YPG is a military wing of the PYD. However, since the YPG became a core of the US-backed brand of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Xelil has been allegedly involved in a political conflict with the PYD leadership.
If these allegations are confirmed, the PKK just played its role in the ongoing internal division between Kurdish leadership in northern Syria. The PKK ideology has a strong infulence in the SDF/YPG-held areas as well as a high number of PKK fighters unofficially participate in SDF operations against ISIS.