Son of Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim killed in fighting

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Şervan Muslim, the son of the Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, has been killed during fighting near the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad, Anadolu Agency reported on Oct. 9.

Saleh Muslim is the current co-leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which controls the mainly Kurdish northern areas of Syria, called Rojava by the Kurds.

Şervan Muslim was killed during an outbreak of fighting between the People’s Defense Units (YPG), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated group’s armed wing, and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Both groups have been engaged in constant fighting with jihadist rebel groups for several months in Rojava, including areas bordering Turkey.

Şervan Muslim, 20, was the Syrian Kurdish leader’s youngest son. He was buried during a funeral in the town of Kobani, reports also said.

Muslim came to Turkey twice to hold talks with officials on an eventual establishment of an autonomic Kurdish region in the parts under the PYD’s control.

 

 

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