Italy launches operation against YPG/PKK member - AA

Counter-terror teams in western Italy on Saturday searched a suspected Italian Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) member's house and seized his passport, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing local media.

The PKK, designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as Italy, is an armed group that has been at war for autonomy in Turkey for over three decades.

The police on Sardinia Island searched the houses of three Italian nationals, including Pierluigi Caria, whose affiliation with the PKK and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey maintains is an offshoot of the PKK, and was planning to go to Iraq and then Syria soon, the agency said.

Italian police have seized Caria’s passport as a precautionary measure, according to the agency, who noted Caria is accused within the framework of Italian Penal Code's Article 270 on acts committed with the purpose of terrorism and violent acts against the state.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Italy and the Vatican in February were marked by protests for support in Europe for the armed separatist PKK.

Naples granted Öcalan honorary citizenship in 2016, as have several other Italian cities including Palermo and Reggio Emilia, following a campaign by pro-Kurdish associations which sympathise with the PKK.
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