LEBANON. Kurds Training Camp. 1991.
The Kurdish guerrilla movement called the PKK are officially banned in Turkey. Many of their supporters are in Turkey and have received long jail sentences. Now some 250-300 Kurdish guerrillas of this group are in training the the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and will later be sent to fight back in Turkey, against Army units in the Kurdish region of Eastern Turkey.The camp was initially established in 1980 and since then about 10.000 guerrillas have been trained and sent to the 'front'. According to the Sec Gen of the PKK Abdullah OCALAN (called APO) founder of the group since 1978, he is not only the leader of PKK but also head of the ARNK (Kurdish Popular Liberation Army). Some participants are also from Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan. The cost of the training and maintenance of the camp is supported by Kurds who have emmigrated to Europe, the USA, and Australia.