A so-called leader of the SDF -- the U.S.-backed group in Syria that is largely controlled and manned by the PKK/PYD terrorist group -- has admitted that they are aiming at forming their own army in the country.
"We are rebuilding our own army to be ready to deal with any threat from anyone who wants to invade the cities we liberated alongside the coalition," Abdul Qader Effedili said, according to the British daily, The Times.
Effedili argued that Turkey, Iran, and the regime forces would be happy to take back the SDF-controlled areas.
Anadolu Agency previously reported that the PKK/PYD -- PKK's Syrian affiliate which has seized a quarter of Syrian territory -- was forming a so-called army with the U.S. support.
Also previously, the U.S. said they would continue to support the PKK/PYD in Syria's eastern Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor provinces, home to some of the country's most productive oilfields.
The latest news comes after the U.S. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel announced on Dec. 22, 2017 that they would establish border protection forces in Syria, which he said would help prevent the resurgence of Daesh.
Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Philip Kosnett in capital Ankara to express its "discomfort" over the U.S support for the PKK/PYD terror group, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.
A group of around 400 terrorists were reportedly trained by the U.S. through the Pentagon and the CIA near eastern Aleppo's Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates River and in the southern Hasakah province.
UK 'aware' of links between PKK and PYD/YPG
The U.K. is aware of the relationship between the terrorist PYD/YPG and the PKK, a top government official said Tuesday.“We are very concerned over possible links. We don’t seek any link with the PKK and ourselves in any way,” said Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, speaking at a session of the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee.He was responding to a question by the committee from Labour Party member Mike Gapes on links between the PYD/YPG and the PKK. “We urge the PYD at all times to sever any links it might have with the PKK,” he added.Tuesday’s evidence session for the select committee’s inquiry on ‘Kurdish aspirations and the interests of the U.K.’ lasted just under two hours and sought answers to various questions regarding the Kurdish and terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.Amy Clemitshaw, head of the Eastern Mediterranean Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, argued that the U.K. had no connections with the PKK.“It [PKK] is a terrorist organization and proscribed in the U.K. We have only very frequent contact with the PYD,” she said.US backs terrorist PKK/PYD's 'regular army' projectUS to build airport for PKK terrorists in Syria’s RaqqaClemitshaw said she did not want tocomment on how either of those organizations work.Unsatisfied with the response from the Foreign Office officials, Gapes said the commission received much evidence and written submissions indicating that PKK militants have fought alongside other Kurdish groups in various regions.“It is well known that [convicted PKK terrorist Abdullah] Ocalan’s photograph is displayed at demonstrations and in public places,” he said. “These aren’t just reports. There are links, and my question was ‘What links does the PYD/YPG have with the PKK?’, Gapes said, also asking what ideological, financial and organizational links the terror groups had.“Both organizations do have a regard for the role of Abdullah Ocalan. In terms of the distance or…links, it is not right for us to comment,” Clemitshaw said.She said they were “aware of the reports,” responding to Gapes, who asked why it was not right to comment.Gapes, however, asked for a further explanation. “I do not understand why it is not right to comment. You must have a view, ultimately, given that our NATO partner and ally Turkey takes a very robust position on this, and given that we designate the PKK as a terrorist organization…and the Turkish government and others deem it a terrorist organization, including witnesses we [the committee] have had say there are very close links between people within the YPG and the PKK.”In response, Burt said the U.K. “had no contact with the PKK. We are aware of links as you are aware of links”.“It [PYD] is a dominant force in the Syrian Democratic Forces. We are not supplying any equipment to those forces. We are not supplying any weapons to those forces. They get air support because they are engaged in a conflict that we support.“When we talk to PYD/YPG…we say that they should sever links with the PKK. Now, the practicalities are they probably do not, so the links are there. We know about that but we have no contact with the PKK, and we do raise it with the PYD all the time.”Eight PKK suspects arrested in southern TurkeyFive PKK terrorists surrender in southeastern TurkeyUnderlining that they regard the PKK and the PYD as separate, Burt said the two organizations “clearly have links, but it is a massive situation on the ground”.Replying to a question about whether there were any personnel and weapon passages between the PYD/YPG and the PKK, Burt said he “would be astonished if weapons used in the conflict were not passed between respected parties who would be fighting on the same side. It would be naïve to think anything different”.“We [the U.K.] do not supply any weapons,” he said.Gapes also directed a question regarding Turkey’s concerns about weapons deployment in the region.“Turkey says the weapons provided by NATO countries are reaching the PKK. Do you agree with that view?” he said“We are aware of Turkey’s concerns. I am not aware of any U.K. weapons being involved,” Clemitshaw responded.But Gapes again insisted on the same question, saying he was not talking about the U.K. and recalling the U.S.’s weapon shipments to the region.Burt said he would provide a written response later to the question.Why is the PYD/YPG not proscribed?Gapes continued the session by questioning why the PYD/YPG is not proscribed.“If there are connections between the PYD/YPG and the PKK, and you, minister, you said there are connections, why have we not designated it [PYD/YPG] as a terrorist organization?”Burt said they do not talk about those they have not proscribed. He said they give reasons for those who are proscribed but not for those who were not.Another Labour member of the committee, Ann Clwyd, underlined that there is now a de facto Kurdish-led region in Syria and asked whether the U.K. will engage with it or ignore it.Burt said the U.K. has “supported [UN mediator] Staffan de Mistura’s work in the Geneva process, which is the only way forward in resolving these issues in Syria.”“We don’t support bilateral opportunities for countries to start being engaged with different areas. We support the territorial integrity of Syria after this desperate civil war and conflict, which has been perpetuated by President Assad largely against his own people. The constitutional resolution has to be handled by one body and one process; that’s the Geneva process.”The inquiry on ‘Kurdish aspirations and the interests of the U.K.’ by the 11-member Foreign Affairs Committee asks the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to account for exactly which Kurdish groups the U.K. has supported in the war to defeat Daesh and why, what support has been given, and how it might affect the situation on the ground.The inquiry was launched last November and various actors and experts from the region were received as witnesses. Turkey’s London Embassy presented a written submission to the committee.A report on the inquiry is expected to be published when it is completed.US to recognize terrorist PKK ‘state’ in SyriaTurkish jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq
US backs terrorist PKK/PYD's 'regular army' project
The PKK/PYD terrorist organization is allegedly getting prepared to establish a regular army, local sources told Anadolu Agency.The so-called "border guards", trained by the U.S. through the Pentagon and the CIA, have formed what they call "The North Army", said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.According to the sources, this new structure is to be composed mainly of the terrorist PKK/PYD, which is accused of having invaded Syrian territory on the pretext of fighting Daesh.Turkey has repeatedly said it would not tolerate such terror organizations to form a corridor in northern Syria along Turkey’s borders.The latest news comes after the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. Joseph Votel announced on Dec. 22, 2017 that they would establish border forces in Syria, which he said would help prevent resurgence of Daesh.US to build airport for PKK terrorists in Syria’s RaqqaEight PKK suspects arrested in southern TurkeyAlso previously, the U.S. said they would continue to support the PKK/PYD in Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor province, home to some of the country's most productive oilfields.A group of around 400 terrorists were reportedly trained near eastern Aleppo's Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates River and in southern Hasakah province.They were provided with both theoretical and technical information as well as military training and high-tech equipment.These trainings are seen as the last step of creating a regular army from the terror groups, the so-called "The North Army".The army is expected to be deployed first in Kobani, or Ayn al-Arab, Tel Abyad, Ras al-Ayn, and al-Malikiyah -- all in Aleppo province and near Turkish border.Despite Turkey’s objections, the U.S. has continuously provided the PKK/PYD terror groups with arms, calling it an ally in the fight against Daesh, but ignoring its internationally recognized status as a terrorist group.The PKK/PYD is currently occupying more than a fourth of Syrian territory. The expansion strategy of the organization has grown as it advanced its area of dominance, starting from the Iraqi border in eastern Syria, then west through the Turkish borderline.Turkey warned the U.S. of the goals of the organization, however, the U.S. government says the developments are only linked to the fight against Daesh.US attempts to incite Syria’s Arab tribes against Turkish ArmyTurkish jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq