TODAY’S MESOP QUOTATION II : Directions by Chairman APO

While warning Syrian Kurds against the “Saudi Salafis,” the PKK leader wants them to ally with “Kurds, Arabs, Turks and Turkmens, all,” under an umbrella group that he called the “Syria Democratic Liberation Front.”

Calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime a “petit bourgeois dictatorship,” what Öcalan’s most striking assessment about Syrian Kurds was his, as well as the PKK’s, fear that they might follow Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani. According to the suspected leaked records, Öcalan thinks Syrian Kurds “cannot obey Barzani’s rule [because] his stance is different.”