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'I'm not a terrorist' - Wanted Syrian Kurdish leader speaks out

The Czech Republic rejects the accusation of support for global terrorism in connection with the release of Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in reaction to a diplomatic note in which Turkey's complains about a Czech court's verdict.

According to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey sent a diplomatic note to the Czech Republic to protest the move and will continue to pursue the former co-chair of Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD), counted among the most influential Kurdish political groupings in Syria, wherever he went.

He said that Turkey expected that the Czech authorities would go back on "this mistake" in the "shortest possible time".

Mr Muslim denies the allegations against him and says he does not take the arrest warrant seriously.

Kurdish-led forces have effectively used anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to target Turkish armor and allied infantry, though this hasn't been enough to repel Turkey's offensive altogether.

He said: "Everybody knows I am a politician and my name was included through 49 names [to be arrested in Turkey], of which I know a lot of them".

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Czech Judge Jaroslav Pytloun declined to comment on his decision, which was hailed by several dozen Kurds who had come to show solidarity with Muslim in front of the municipal court building in central Prague.

It can file an extradition request within a 40 day period, but he is free to leave the Czech Republic.

"The special forces is in preparation for the new battle that is approaching", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told NTV news channel.

Muslim was detained in the Czech capital on February 24 based on an Interpol notice from Turkey. "This decision has surely cast a shadow over our relations".

Turkey considers the PYD and its armed wing, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) "terrorist groups" with ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) active in Turkey.

The Turkish foreign ministry charged Paris with releasing a false read-out of the conversation between the two heads of states.

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