Turkey: Regime abudcts Syrian singer Omar Souleyman on “terror” charges

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Turkish authorities have detained internationally-known Syrian musician Omar Souleyman over alleged links to a banned Kurdish militia, his son, a local security source and Turkish media said. A search warrant had been issued for Omar Almasikh — the singer’s real name — and Turkish gendarmerie forces detained him from his home in the Turkish southeastern border city of Sanliurfa, a local security source told Reuters news agency. … The musician, who hails from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain — is accused of being a member of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation. It also perceives it as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) armed group, which has waged an armed uprising against the Turkish state since 1984.” (11/18/21)