Former US envoy to Damascus: US arming YPG make no sense

DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL
Published 06.06.2017 00:44

In an interview published yesterday, former U.S. envoy to Damascus Robert Ford said that arming the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed People's Protection Units (YPG) militia does not make sense for the U.S. because although it may create positive results in the short-run, in the long-run, it would cause big problems.

Speaking to Habertürk daily, Ford drew attention to the ambitions of the YPG, saying that the passions of the organization may cause a rise in the support for radical Sunni movements.

"We may take Raqqa back from Deash, yet in return, we may confront the 4.0 version of al-Qaede, which already has its 3.0 version in Idlib," he said, adding that this decision to arm the YPG is also causing difficulties in relations with Turkey, which is an important U.S. ally.

"I've read several Turkish government reports that revealed that some of the terror attacks were conducted from Rojava. These are quite serious accusations. However, I haven't seen any response from the U.S. Turkey deserves a serious answer. Besides, everyone knows that today's YPG soldier may become a soldier of the PKK tomorrow."

The U.S. military has continued to support the Syrian PKK affiliate PYD's YPG militia on the pretext that it is fighting the Daesh terrorist group.

With the latest deliveries, 218 truckloads of equipment will have been delivered to the YPG north of Raqqa within the last three weeks.

According to U.S. Defense Department documents, weapons recently delivered to groups in Syria, including the YPG, include 1,200 Kalashnikovs, 6,000 light machine guns, 3,500 heavy machine guns, 300 U.S.-made RPG-7s, 1,000 U.S.-made AT-4s and Russian-made SPG-9 anti-tank weapons.

The PKK has fought a 33-year war against the Turkish state and is listed as a terror group by both the U.S. and EU.

Despite the PKK's designation as a terrorist group, the U.S. has continued to support the YPG in Syria, especially within the context of the fight against Daesh.

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