Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim arrested in Prague on Turkey's request

Erdogan slams 'worldwide war of propaganda' against Turkey

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that Turkish troops now hold a continuous strip of land on the edge of Afrin, opening a corridor that links territory in Aleppo province under the control of the Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkey, with the rebel stronghold of Idlib province.

Saleh Muslim, a key figure of the Syrian Kurdish movement, was detained on Saturday night at an upmarket Prague hotel, Czech and Turkish officials said.

Turkey has officially submitted documents to the Czech authorities requesting the extradition of the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party, Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said Monday.

Muslum was put on Turkey's most-wanted list earlier in February with a $1 million reward.

Ankara says the YPG and PYD are "terrorist" extensions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state. However an official at Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, France, said Monday that the police agency has not issued a worldwide red notice for his arrest.

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Bozdag said during a live television interview on Monday that Turkey's Justice Ministry had sent a "file" formally requesting his extradition.

"The President of the Republic stressed that the humanitarian truce applied to all of Syria, including Afrin", Macron's office said in a statement carried by Reuters. The PKK is branded a terrorist group by the United States and European Union as well as by Turkey, but the YPG is Washington's main military ally in northeast Syria.

The PYD is the leading political Kurdish force in northern Syria, and Muslim remains highly influential in the party, even after stepping down as co-chair past year.

Turkey is now carrying out a major military campaign against Syrian Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northern Syria.

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