Pentagon says intends to retrieve heavy weaponry, vehicles provided to YPG terrorists

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 28.11.2017 00:00
Updated 28.11.2017 23:48
Terrorists from the People's Protection Units (YPG) head a convoy of U.S military vehicles in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, Syria April 28, 2017. (Reuters Photo)
Terrorists from the People's Protection Units (YPG) head a convoy of U.S military vehicles in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, Syria April 28, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

The U.S. Department of Defense said late Tuesday that the United States intends to retrieve "heavy weaponry and vehicles" provided to the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, which is the Syrian affiliate of globally recognized terrorist group the PKK.

In a written statement, the Pentagon answered questions from some journalists which were addressed to Spokesman Col. Rob Manning earlier on Monday.

Pentagon also underlined that its troops were closely following the use of the provided U.S. weapons on site.

The statement also reiterated that it was reviewing the military support provided to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which mainly consists of militants from the PKK's Syrian affiliate, without giving further details, adding that the fight against the Daesh terrorist group is still ongoing, and the U.S. will continue providing military aid to the group.

The U.S. dispatched trucks of arms to YPG terrorists in Syria's Deir el-Zour on the same day, just three days after President Donald Trump promised that the superpower would not supply any more weapons to the SDF.

The PYD is the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU. The SDF is the YPG/PYD/PKK's umbrella organization, consisting mainly of terrorists.

The PKK usually employs a game of words in the region in order to avoid being called terrorists in Syria, Iraq or anywhere else it is operating.

Turkish officials have reiterated countless times that the YPG/PYD is no different than the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist group by the U.S., EU and many other countries. Even though the terrorists in Syria have done everything to prove they are the same as the PKK, going as far as displaying the poster of Abdullah Öcalan - the leader of the terrorist group - in Raqqa, the U.S. still has not disengaged with them even now that Raqqa is free of Daesh terrorists.

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