Marxist–Leninist Armed Propaganda Unit

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Marxist–Leninist Armed Propaganda Unit
Marksist Leninist Silahlı Propaganda Birliği
Participant in the political violence in Turkey (1976–80), the Kurdish–Turkish conflict and the Syrian Civil War
THKP-C MLSPB flag.svg
Active1975 – present
IdeologyCommunism
Marxism–Leninism
Area of operationsTurkey, Rojava, Syria
Part ofPeoples' United Revolutionary Movement
International Freedom Battalion
*United Freedom Forces
AlliesPeople's Protection Units
Opponent(s) Turkey
 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Marxist–Leninist Armed Propaganda Unit (Turkish: Marksist Leninist Silahlı Propaganda Birliği, abbreviated as MLSPB), known fully as People's Liberation Party-Front of Turkey/Marxist–Leninist Armed Propaganda Unit (THKP-C/MLSPB) is a Marxist–Leninist organization from Turkey. The group is a split from the People's Liberation Party-Front of Turkey. The group was among the founding members of the Peoples' United Revolutionary Movement, formed in March 2016, with the Kurdistan Workers' Party and 7 other Marxist–Leninist organizations.

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1980s[edit]

In April 1980, members of the group shot dead an American naval officer and his driver. Chief Petty Officer Sam Novello and his driver, Ali Sabri Baytar, were shot dead in Turkey by three assailants who then were captured while trying to escape on motorcycle. One assailant was severely wounded during the capture and died later, the remaining two were sentenced to death by a military court and executed on June 25, 1981.[1]

Involvement in Syrian Civil War[edit]

As MLSPB-Revolutionary Front (Turkish: MLSPB-Devrim Cephesi), the group has participated in the Syrian Civil War through fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Units against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. MLSPB-DC joined the internationalist armed organizations supporting the YPG, the United Freedom Forces and the International Freedom Battalion. A battalion was created by Devrimci Karargâh and MLSPB-DC named after Alper Çakas, an MLSPB-DC fighter killed while fighting in Rojava.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Around the World; Turks Execute 2 Terrorists Who Killed U.S. Sailor". The New York Times. 26 June 1981. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Alper Çakas Enternasyonalist Özgürlük Taburu kuruldu". Hawar Haber Ajansı. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2016.