Wednesday October 22nd 2014

Kurdish Rebel Chief to Continue Armed Struggle

by Avi Yellin

A Kurdish newspaper reported on Saturday that imprisoned Kurdish resistance leader Abdullah Ocalan accused Turkey of ignoring his calls to establish dialogue with Kurdish freedom fighters and said he would withdraw from the peace process, leaving his rebel command to determine new policies.

Ocalan’s announcement that he would formally abandon his efforts on Monday comes amid intensified clashes between Kurdish freedom fighters and the Turkish military occupying portions of Kurdistan. Kurdish guerrillas on Saturday killed two soldiers and one pro-government village guard in a clash near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey’s military killed at least 24 Kurdish rebels in an airstrike on rebel hideouts in Iraqi Kurdistan last week as well as in separate clashes this past week.

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