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Interior Ministry updates terror list, includes PYD leader Muslim

Co-President of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim Mohamad poses before a press conference on March 31, 2016 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Eric Feferberg

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has updated its terror list and included leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim.

The ministry’s terror list contains the names and details of hundreds of people from various terrorist organizations, ranking them in five color-coded categories from red (the most wanted) to blue, green, orange and grey.

Muslim has been added to the red category where a reward of TL 4 million is offered for help leading to the arrest of individuals on that part of the list.

In 2014, Muslim paid a visit to Turkey and met with Turkish Foreign Ministry officials. In an interview he gave to the Radikal daily back then, he said his visit took place following an invitation from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Over the past several years, Turkey’s view of Muslim has apparently changed.

The inclusion of Muslim’s name on the terror list comes at a time when the Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin against the PYD, which Turkey sees as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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