The official spokesman of Operation Inherent Resolve – the anti-Daesh global coalition of which Turkey is a member – shared a video on Monday promoting hatred against Turkey and its anti-terror operation against the PKK's Syrian affiliate the People's Protection Units (YPG).
In the video, a so-called "academy" is seen where female terrorists are being trained.
"Congratulations to the new class of female SDF fighters," Col. Myles B. Caggins III said in a tweet, using the name of the umbrella organization over YPG, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), also adding a congratulatory message in Kurdish.
Spokesman of the Anti-Daesh coalition - of which Turkey is a member - promotes anti-Turkey video featuring YPG terrorists, congratulates so-called "academy graduates"https://t.co/uklKR1b0rC pic.twitter.com/b5Ax1REAv7— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) November 18, 2019
One of the female terrorists says in the video: "The gathering of the women today is an indication of threats posed by Turkey. Although Erdoğan and others threaten us everyday, our people say that 'we will not surrender, we will resist.' Therefore, the participation of women in the self-defense mission is taking place today."
"Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK): aim(s): advance Kurdish autonomy, political, and cultural rights in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran; area(s) of operation: operational in the north and east; majority of members inside Syria are Syrian Kurds, along with Kurds from Iran, Iraq, and Turkey (2018)," the section currently reads.
Many U.S. officials also recognized the links between the two groups, with some of them later backtracking to conform to the official U.S. stance. One of them was veteran politician Sen. Lindsey Graham, who loudly protested against Turkey's anti-terror operation despite earlier saying the U.S. had created the problem in northern Syria by arming the YPG.
Just a few months before Graham changed his tune, the senator had admitted that there was evidence of a "strong link" between the YPG and the PKK.
Graham held a news conference in February in Ankara and told reporters that there was sufficient evidence to prove that both organizations had links, adding that former U.S. President Barack Obama "created a nightmare" for Turkey by arming elements of the YPG that are "clearly tied to the PKK."
He referred to the YPG as the "political wing" of the PKK, noting that he had been aware of the fact that the Obama administration's Syria policy was wrong.
"I knew what arming the YPG/PYD meant for Turkey when I learned about it," Graham said.
"Here is the promise I made to President Erdoğan: I'll try my best to fix the problem we've created for your country," he added.