US continues to dispatch military aid to YPG/PKK in Syria, footage shows

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 07.10.2019 23:28
Updated 08.10.2019 01:32
In this April, 29, 2017 file image taken from video, shows Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) standing guard as U.S. forces take up positions in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria. (AP Photo)
In this April, 29, 2017 file image taken from video, shows Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) standing guard as U.S. forces take up positions in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria. (AP Photo)

Turkish warplanes hit late Monday PKK-linked targets as they were passing through the Semelka border gate, which lies between Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Syrian territories currently under the control of People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists.

The strikes came amid a dispatch of U.S. aid to the terrorists, which also originated from the KRG territory.

Footage recorded by the Anadolu Agency on Monday showed the U.S. deploying fresh military and logistics equipment to the YPG/PKK in the east of the Euphrates River in Syria.

The delivery made through the Semelka border gate at the Iraq-Syria border is evidence of continued U.S. support to the YPG terrorists.

In the last week alone, the number of trucks that the U.S. dispatched to northern Syria has reached 600.

The U.S. currently has around 2,000 personnel in 18 bases and military locations in Syria.

"Tens of thousands of truckloads of weapons and ammunition have been given to the PKK/YPG. Who gives [them]? Those who appear to be our strategic ally give [them]," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on July 26.

He also pointed out that the YPG and the PKK are two sides of the same coin despite U.S. efforts to separate them.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been facing mounting pressure in Washington after the White House announced late Sunday the U.S. would pull back its forces from northeastern Syria ahead of the "long-planned" Turkish operation. The Trump administration has ruled out any U.S. support for the mission.

The announcement came hours after a telephone call between Erdoğan and Trump, during which a November meeting was planned, according to Turkish presidential sources.

Since 2016, Turkey's Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for nearly 400,000 Syrians who fled the violence to return home to western Syria.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the terrorist organization PKK.

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