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Bahoz Erdal

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Years of service  1992-present
Other work  Physician
Name  Bahoz Erdal
Battles/wars  Kurdish Uprising

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Nickname(s)  Bahoz Erdal Dr. Bahoz Erdal
Allegiance  Kurdistan Workers' Party Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (alleged)
Similar People  Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, Duran Kalkan, Mustafa Karasu, Ali Haydar Kaytan

Battles and wars  Turkey–PKK conflict

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Bahoz Erdal or Dr. Bahoz Erdal, also known as Fahman Husain (Kurdish: Fehman Hûseynفەهمان حوسێن‎, also spelled Fehman Hüseyin) (born 1969) is a member and Commander of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). He is originally from al-Malikiyah/Derîk town, in Syrian Kurdistan.


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Born in 1969, Hüseyin is a Syrian Kurd who has studied medicine at university – thus nicknamed 'Doctor' – in Damascus. Following PKK's leader Abdullah Öcalan's capture in 1999, he shared the leadership of the PKK with Murat Karayılan and Cemil Bayık, commanding the armed branch HPG particularly.

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He served as the head of the People's Defence Forces (HPG), the PKK's armed wing from June 2004 until July 2009, when he was replaced by Sofi Nurettin.

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Since 2004 he has been part of the three-man PKK Executive Committee, including acting PKK leader Murat Karayılan and PKK co-founder Cemil Bayik, who preceded Bahoz Erdal as the PKK's military commander.

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Some Turkish security analysts has claimed that Erdal is the leader of the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK).

Alleged July 2016 assassination

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According to Turkey's official state news agency Anadolu Agency, and the Daily Sabah citing Anadolu Agency, he was killed in Syria on 8 July 2016. An alleged person under the name of Halid el Hasekavi, alleged spokesman of an alleged anti-regime armed group Tel Hamis Brigades, allegedly told an AA correspondent that Hüseyin was targeted near northern Syrian city of Qamishli. He allegedly stated that Hüseyin's car was blown up at 8:30 p.m. on 8 July, and he was killed along with eight people including his guards. On 12 July, the Yeni Safak quoted the Turkish MIT intelligence service as the source of this story. Sources close to PKK denied these claims. The PKK also denied the rumors that Bahoz Erdal had been killed.

The story was debunked when Erdal gave a radio interview on 13 July and later thoroughly deconstructed as fake by international media.

He appeared on a video in April 2017 and addressed to Turkish citizens about Turkish constitutional referendum.


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