Early on April 16, a Turkish combat drone struck a house in northeastern Syria where Abdullah Öcalan, the leader and founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), once lived.
The house is located in the village of Alblur, 5 km to the west of the town of Kobane in northeastern Aleppo. The house is located only few kilometers away from the border line with Turkey.
“The targeted house is the house the commander stayed in during 1979 while crossing from northern Kurdistan to Rojava [northeastern Syria],” the Hawar News Agency said in a report.
The drone strike led to material losses only. The house, commonly referred to as the “Leaders’ House,” was apparently preserved as a museum.
The Turkish National Intelligence Organization captured Öcalan in Kenya in a special operation on 15 February 1999. Initially, the Kurdish leader was sentenced to death under Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code.
Öcalan was commuted to aggravated life imprisonment when Turkey abolished the death penalty. From 1999 until 2009, he was the sole prisoner on İmralı Island, in the Sea of Marmara, where he is still held.
The drone strike on Öcalan’s old house is not surprising. In 2018, a Turkish drone struck large poster of the Kurdish leader in the northern Syrian area of Afrin.
These strikes highlight Turkey’s ongoing psychological warfare operations against the supporters of the PKK and the group’s ideology, which is growing in northeastern Syria under the rule of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
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