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US continuing support for terrorist YPG/PKK in Syria

Sources see vehicles to construct positions, fronts, tunnels delivered to area occupied by YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria

Levent Tok and Adham Kako   | 10.04.2019
US continuing support for terrorist YPG/PKK in Syria

ANKARA

The U.S.-led coalition against the Daesh terror group delivered vehicles to depots belonging to the YPG/PKK in Deir-Ez Zor province in Syria, according to local sources who spoke anonymously because of safety concerns.

The engineering vehicles will be used to construct positions, fronts and tunnels in areas occupied by YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria, according to the sources.

A convoy of 100 U.S. trucks were also seen carrying closed chests, tankers and SUVs from Iraq to a YPG/PKK-occupied area in Syria on April 2.

Washington maintains nearly 2,000 troops in Syria following its announcement that only a few hundred would remain after withdrawal efforts.

U.S. President Donald Trump declared victory over the Daesh terror group and signaled a "slow and highly coordinated pullout" of U.S. troops from Syria last December.

The White House announced in February plans to keep 200 troops in northeastern Syria as part of an international peacekeeping force, in addition to 200 others to secure a garrison at a strategic Syrian border town.

Although the date set for the pullout has passed, the U.S. has yet to reduce its military presence in Syria.

On the contrary, 300 trucks were sent to areas occupied by YPG/PKK terrorists in Syria from the Iraqi side at the beginning and the end of February.

On Feb. 4, the U.S. delivered nearly 150 truckloads of armored vehicles and equipment to depots belonging to the YPG/PKK in Harab Isk and Sarrin.

The Pentagon announced March 12 that $300 million would be allocated to the YPG/PKK from its fiscal year 2020 budget.

Turkey has long criticized the U.S. working with and supplying arms and ammunition to the terrorist YPG/PKK to defeat Daesh.

Turkish officials argue that using one terrorist group to fight another makes no sense.

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 of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children. The PYD/YPG is its Syrian branch, and also works under the label of the SDF.

* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz

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