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Czechs release Syrian Kurdish leader, won't extradite to Turkey

Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim has been released from detention in Prague, leaving Turkey fuming.

A top Syrian Kurdish leader detained on Saturday in the Czech capital Prague at Turkey’s request was freed today, prompting angry reactions from Ankara.

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry asserted that Salih Muslim’s release following a court hearing today displayed “the insincerity” of European countries in the fight against terrorism. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag went further, claiming that freeing Muslim was a violation of international law and amounted to support for terrorism. Relations between the two NATO allies would suffer, he added.

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