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Muslim (center) is escorted to the hearing by police. Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

A Czech court has freed Saleh Muslim, the former leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), while he awaits hearings over his possible extradition to Turkey. Muslim was detained in Prague on Saturday after Turkey, which considers him a terrorist, issued an Interpol arrest warrant.

Why it matters: Turkey’s relations with its NATO allies and the E.U. have deteriorated under the increasingly authoritarian Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and this case could exacerbate that tension.

The latest
  • Turkey has accused Muslim of aggravated murder and disrupting the state – charges which he denied on Tuesday.
  • Muslim pledged to the Czech court that he would remain in the EU pending further proceedings. He told reporters that he had not decided where he would go next, but added he had permission for residency in EU member Finland.
  • There is speculation in the Czech press that Muslim could be exchanged for two Czech citizens, Marketa Vselichova and Miroslav Farkas, who were detained in Turkey over alleged cooperation with another Kurdish group, the YPG.
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey would follow Muslim “wherever he goes” after his release.

Worth noting: One source of tensions between the U.S. and Turkey is the refusal of Washington to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in Pennsylvania whom Erdogan has blamed for a 2016 coup attempt.

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Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.

Roger Stone won't cooperate with Jan. 6 panel

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone speaking in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 5 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone won't cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and will invoke the Fifth Amendment right not to testify, his attorney said Tuesday evening.

Why it matters: The announcement, first reported by ABC News, came hours after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he wouldn't cooperate with the probe.

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Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.