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LEBANON. Kurds Training Camp. 1991.
Nikos Economopoulos
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.

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Abdullah OCALAN (APO) the founder abd also General Secretary...
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PKK para military training camp in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon....
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LEBANON: Bekaa Valley 1991
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LEBANON. 1991.
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Bekaa Valley,daily lessons,portraits of Kurdish fighters killed...
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PKK leader Abdullah OCALAN seen here talking in training camp...
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Bekaa Valley, the PKK guerrilla training camp.
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During 3 months of training in the camp, the guerrilas live in...
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During 3 months of training in the camp, the guerrilas live in...
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Bekaa Valley.
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In the camp are some 50 women who are being trained, they live...
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In the camp are some 50 women who are being trained, they live...
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Bekaa Valley, guerrillas relax playing a game of volley ball....
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The fighters dance and chat popular Kurdish and heroic songs....
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Bekaa Valley, the trainees start off in the morning for a close...
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LEBANON. Bekaa Valley. Kurdish guerilla movement PKK training...
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Lebanon,Bekaa Valley, guerrillas standing outside their school...
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Lebanon,Bekaa Valley,a guerrilla before a mural of freedom fighters,Abdullah...
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Bekaa Valley.
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LEBANON: Bekaa Valley 1991
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Guerrilla fighter training with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle,in...
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A Kurdish guerrilla fighter proudly demonstrating his Soviet...
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Bekaa Valley, PKK Leader Abdullah OCALAN (Apo) visiting the training...
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Bekaa Valley, PKK Leader Abdullah OCALAN (Apo) playing a game...
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Bekaa Valley, PKK Leader Abdullah OCALAN talking to female recruits....
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Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, PKK leader Abdullah OCALAN (APO) -on left-...
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LEBANON: Bekaa Valley. 1991
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Bekaa Valley, PKK Leader Abdullah OCALAN (Apo) talking to guests...
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