Syrian Democratic Forces’ Mazloum Abdi has warned that Kobane could be targeted in a ground operation by Turkey in February. The commander said that Turkish President Erdoğan could try to rally nationalist support ahead of elections by attacking the northeastern Kurdish-controlled town.
Twenty five year old Mehmet Akar set himself on fire in Turkey to protest the absolute incommunicado status imposed on Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. This is the second recent case of self-immolation for the cause.
The German Foreign Ministry has summoned the Turkish embassy in response to a “hate speech” made at a mosque in Germany’s Neuss by an MP from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, Mustafa Açıkgöz.
Thousands marched in Strasbourg to urge the European Union to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp as a terrorist organisation, while France’s Eiffel Tower lit up with slogans in solidarity with Iranian anti-government protests.
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