PYD Denies Arresting Turkish Generals in Syria

10/08/2012  By WLADIMIR van WILGENBURG – RUDAW – AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – The pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) denied a report of Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency (FNA) claiming that PYD’s Popular Protection Committee arrested 12 commanders of the Turkish army in the Kurdish city of Amude, in Hasakeh province.

On August 7, Iran’s FNA wrote that alleged PYD spokesperson Sabah Mohsen had told them that they arrested “12 commanders of the Turkish Army in Amouda who were affiliated to the country’s (Turkey’s) intelligence apparatus,” who were about to join rebel groups in Aleppo.

PYD leader Saleh Muslim confirmed in a press statement released by the Media and Foreign Affairs Office of the PYD in Europe dismissing the new of the arrest as “fabricated and not true. We also declare that the alleged PYD’s spokesperson by the name Sabah Mohsen is fabricated and does not exist within our party.”

The Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported that Turkey denied another report in the Iranian media that Syrian forces had arrested a Turkish general in Aleppo on Monday.