PKK allegedly founded 1,000-member battalion in Syria

Kurdpress 14.10.2013 – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has allegedly established a 1,000-member battalion in Syria, according to an intelligence report from Turkey National Police Department. The PKK structure in Syria is made up of several divisions such as a men’s squadron, a western front, an eastern front, a women’s battalion, an education battalion and security and militia forces, the report says, Zaman daily said in a report.

There is also a 50-member special unit within the men’s battalion, according to the report. A National Police Department chart showing the PKK structure in Syria reveals that the group is being led by Bulent M., who uses the code name Selim, while his assistant is Sirin A. and has the code name Ayten. A PKK member codenamed “Kawa” leads the organization’s eastern front, which has 200 fighters. The PKK’s education battalion in Syria is led by a female militant who goes by the code name Silan. It is said that in order to support its extension in Syria, the People Protection Units (YPG) — which is the military branch of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the PKK sends militants from northern Iraq to Syria.