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YPG rename captured Syrian airbase after PKK leader Ocalan

By Rudaw 18/2/2016
A kurdish fighter stands infront of the former Syrian military Menagh airbase, AFP Photo.
A kurdish fighter stands infront of the former Syrian military Menagh airbase, AFP Photo.
The Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have renamed the former Syrian military Menagh airbase they seized from opposition fighters earlier this month after the jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. 

According to the British newspaper The Times the specific name the group gave to the airbase was "Serok Apo", which means "Leader Apo" in reference to the leader of the group. 

Menagh was seized by the YPG in an advance eastward of Afrin Canton into the Azaz region. Turkey is against the YPG expanding from its cantons into that part of northwestern Syria. 

The U.S. also discouraged the YPG from making such advances on Tuesday. The U.S. state Department spokesman Mark Toner said that, 'The YPG needs to stop its own actions on the ground that we believe raises tensions. But we would also urge Turkey to, as I said, cease firing artillery across the border. We just think that escalates tensions in the region." 

Turkey has long condemned the YPG as little more than a Syrian offshoot of the PKK and has been deeply frustrated by Washington's support to that group in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS). It launched artillery bombardments against the YPG last weekend to try and halt their advances. 

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I have enough of this shit! | 18/2/2016
Their whole f*cking life is Abdullah Ocalan, like they can't think without him. Ocalan is truly an important leader, no one can deny that. But these people are just out of their minds. On the one hand they say that they don't have anything to do with the PKK, and on the other hand they call everything they see "Öcalan." It's like this movie "The Dictator" by Sasha Baron Cohen. These guys go on the streets in Europe and chant some Turkish slogans, not even Kurdish or an European language. And when they do speak Kurdish it's always "Be Serok Jiyan Nabe" (No Life Without the Fuhrer or Leader) I have never ever heard "Free Kurdistan!" or "Independence for Kurdistan!". Never. Their whole life is Ocalan. Like those lunatics in north Korea. They don't even call western Kurdistan as Kurdistan. Only "Rojava" They don't raise the Kurdish flag. Only their African flag. I gott say: I love the fighters of the YPG. Very very brave people. But their political leadership consists only of dumb, communist, marxist, apoist, dictatorial idiots! F* ideological fundamentalism! F* leader cults! F* this religion called apoism! Free Kurdistan!
MOAC | 18/2/2016
Some of the leadership od PKK and PYD are either the dumbest people on the planet or working for the enemies of Kurdistan, that's the only explanation as to why they would deliberately make one disastrous decision after the other. Turkey is trying it's best to link them to the PKK which is labeled a terrorist group and what do they do? they help Turkey by naming an airstrip 'Serok Apo', one is lost for words. May 'Serok Apo' bring the entire Turkish army on your heads, just as it did back in July when you handed Erdogan the biggest gift by killing those 2 policemen. I feel sorry for all those patriotic young people they get killed for their 'Serok Apo'
Hans Guderian | 18/2/2016
Great move. Now change your name to PKK-Syria.
Sabr Jaf | 18/2/2016
Shelling YPG using artillary is a clear sign that Turkish Air force can not dare to approach Syrian boarder and adesperate attempt to stop victory after victory of these brave fighters.
amirite | 18/2/2016
Of course the YPG has 'NOTHING' to do with the PKK. These are totally separate groups, right guys???
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