The U.S. has continued arming groups in Syria affiliated to the PKK under the pretext of "fighting Daesh," even though the terrorist group has mostly been driven out of its territories in Iraq and Syria.
The Turkish language daily, Yeni Şafak reported that the U.S.'s 65-truck convoy, carrying weapons for the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG), has reached al-Hasaqah in northeastern Syria.
This comes just five days after Washington delivered another 73 truckloads of arms to the group. However, with Daesh losing most of its territory in Syria and Iraq, the continued arms supply has raised eyebrows.
The U.S. has so far delivered nearly 1,000 truckloads of weapons to the YPG, including armored vehicles, rocket launchers, anti-tank weapons, mortars, sniper rifles and night vision goggles.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of the Daesh terrorist group Tuesday in an address broadcast live on state television.
A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, also declared the end of Daesh in a message sent to the country's supreme leader published on Sepah News, the guards' news website. Videos and pictures of Soleimani — the commander of the Quds Force, the branch of the guards responsible for operations outside of Iran's borders — at frontline positions in battles against Daesh in Iraq and Syria have frequently been posted by Iranian media in recent years.
Speaking on the issue in the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) group meeting yesterday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan questioned the emergence and disappearance of Daesh. Stressing that this issue raises numerous questions, Erdoğan said Turkey was able to show how weak the terrorist group really is even though it was portrayed much differently. "Why are trucks loaded with weapons going to northern Syria? Against which countries are you preparing this armament and why?" he asked.
Asserting that Turkey will not keep silent over the developments in the region, Erdoğan said: "No one could expect Turkey to sit idly by. Now, Daesh has almost been obliterated in Syria and Iraq."
The president said it is not about terrorism or introducing democracy. "None of the developments in the Gulf and North Africa are independent from the events in Iraq and Syria. All are parts of the same plot," he said.
"The truth is that our region is being subjected to a new design on the pretext of terrorist groups. We will never allow our country or our neighbors to be subjected to such treatment," the president added.
Meanwhile, the ties between the U.S.-backed YPG and the U.S.-designated terrorist group PKK surfaced once again Monday, after it was reported that Zozan Temir, a PKK terrorist who was once in the ranks of the YPG, was killed in Turkish anti-terror operations in southeastern Turkey.
The 24-year-old Syrian from Qamishli first joined the YPG four years ago, as mentioned in a video circulating on social media. She was identified by Turkish military as Zozan Temir while her real identity was also revealed on PKK-linked websites, along with her nom de guerre, Zozan Cudi.
Turkish officials have reiterated countless times that the YPG/PYD is no different than the PKK, which is a globally recognized terrorist group.
Though the groups' actions, like displaying the images of the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan, clearly shows its connection to the PKK, the U.S. has continued to engage with them even after Daesh was driven out of its so-called capital Raqqa.
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