US army command denies posting Ocalan quote


A Kurdish man guards a checkpoint on the road to the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin, on the Syria-Turkey borde. File photo: YPG MC

ARA News

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) denied posting a Tweet quoting the imprisoned PKK-leader Abdullah Ocalan.

“This is Photoshopped, not a CENTCOM tweet to verify, follow @CENTCOM,” CENTCOM said in response to a fake Twitter account @RamiAlLoIah who posted a photoshopped CENTCOM tweet quoting Ocalan, “Indeed, to kill the dominant man is the fundamental principle of socialism.”

After posting the fake tweet, the fake Twitter account was blocked by the official account of CENTCOM.

Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in his writings has criticized male domination and has argued for women rights and freedom.

On 28 February, CENTCOM tweeted out photo’s of female fighters in northern Syria that were allegedly inspired by Ocalan’s ideas for more women’s rights.

Some US senators have expressed worries about the Marxist background of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) –a main fighting force against ISIS in northern Syria.

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham on 9 March questioned U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) leader Gen. Joseph Votel: “Is it fair to say that the YPG Kurds have a sort of the communist Marxist view of governing? That’s what their manifesto says anyway.”

Gen. Votel responded: “Senator, I think it’s fair to say that there is some affinity back towards that.”

Despite of the leftwing leaning views of the YPG towards women rights and workers, the US has continued to support them in the war against ISIS.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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