Ibrahim Kurtulus, Ridvan Sezer and Esin Yilmaz attended a meet and greet with Max Rose who is a 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. Congress to represent the 11th Congressional District. The 11th district includes all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, including the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, and Gravesend.
US Army veteran Max Rose, who was awarded the Purple Heart for his time in Afghanistan. was well versed about Turkey, its important role in the Middle East and the current conflicts going on in the region. The main topic of discussion at the meeting was Terrorist groups and extremist groups like Terrorist Fethullah Gulen and U.S military support to PYD/YPG groups in the fight against ISIS near the Turkish border. The People's Protection Units YPG (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel) is listed as a Terrorist Kurdish militia group by NATO Ally of the Republic of Turkey in Syria and the primary component of the Democratic Union Party, PYD (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat). Both groups are associated with the Kurdish PKK, longstanding extreme leftist terror organization . The PKK is a terrorist organization according to the laws of the United States, Turkey and western European countries and the Staten of Israel.
The meeting lasted almost three hours and many other issues relating to Staten Island s Transportation problems and the lack of Hospitals were discussed.