The Syrian branch of the PKK, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed People's Protection Units (YPG), recently attacked Turkish targets near the border and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) retaliated.
Ankara has repeatedly declared that any attack on Turkish targets would be responded to in clear terms, while it has criticized its long-term allies for working with the above-mentioned terrorist organizations.
Currently, the PKK, PYD and YPG pose a serious threat to Turkey – a threat that increases with every unanswered warning Ankara issues to its allies.
Washington is still delivering weapons to the terrorist group and, despite statements from D.C. made to assure Ankara that the list of weapons will be shared between Turkish and American officials, these weapons still have the potential to target Turkish interests.
Additionally, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was reported by news agencies to have said that the United States will continue to provide weapons to the YPG as long as its tasks and plans continue without mentioning any deadline for these endless operations.
So, to what extent will we talk about an alliance between Ankara and Washington as a serious national security threat, a threat posed in the form of the PYD and YPG, the main U.S. partner in its war against Daesh?
The PYD has never stopped contact with Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, according to reports. A recent statement from PYD Co-Chair Salih Muslim shows that the Syrian affiliate of the PKK gave a guarantee to the Assad regime regarding the territorial integrity of Syria, as it threatens the borders of Turkey.
The YPG was reportedly involved in the U.S. operation to defeat Daesh in Raqqa. However, as the presence of Daesh in the Syrian city of Raqqa had been reduced to a small presence, new motives are being searched for to legitimize YPG operations to form a semi-independent entity in the region.
Another recent report from the region talked about a meeting between the PYD and countries about a new role for the PYD's YPG to play to protect the Syrian-Iraqi border from Hashd al-Shaabi militias. No matter that the PYD denied such a meeting, the abovementioned role to be played by the YPG to protect the border has already started being discussed. So, as the whole picture becomes clearer, everybody is obliged to at least play their dangerous role honestly, without manipulation or lies.