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Ankara apprehends French journalist on terror charges

Turkey arrests French journalist

Judicial sources said on Wednesday that Turkish authorities had arrested a freelance French journalist on charges of links to a Kurdish militia Ankara regards as a terror group, the latest foreign reporter to run into trouble in the country, according to France 24.

Loup Bureau, who has worked in the past with French channel TV5, was detained last week at the Habur border post in southeastern Sirnak province on the Iraqi-Turkish border.

He was remanded in custody in Sirnak on Tuesday, ahead of trial on charges of membership of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers to be a terror group.

Judicial sources said the charges related to a report Bureau had done several years ago with the YPG in Syria.
A French diplomatic source said that France was aware of Bureau's detention and following the situation with the "greatest attention".

It was also seeking consular access as soon as possible, the source added.

On his Twitter account, Bureau describes himself as a journalism student.

Ankara considers the YPG a terrorist group and the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

But Washington considers the YPG as the main fighting force on the ground in Syria against ISIS.

The United States is now openly arming the YPG and the group is heavily involved in the US-backed operation to oust ISIS terrorists from their stronghold of Raqqa.



Last Modified: Thursday، 03 August 2017 01:42 PM