Photographs have emerged showing a female U.S. army soldier taking part in a folk dance with a group of terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian offshoot, the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The undated photos are said to have been taken in Aleppo’s northern city of Manbij and show the soldier who is deployed to one of the American bases in Syria joining female PKK terrorists in a traditional group dance.
Manbij, one of the biggest cities in the Aleppo province, was cleared from Daesh terrorists on June 1 following an operation that was backed by the U.S-led coalition.
Following the eradication of Daesh, the city was overrun by YPG terrorists, which was met with sharp opposition from Turkey.
US, PKK loot Syrian oil, share spoils
The U.S. and its allied Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists, continue to loot Syria’s oil by pumping it through a clandestine pipeline to Iraq, where it is exported from Kirkuk to Western oil companies. The smuggled oil is pumped through a pipeline extension connected to the fourth Suweidiyeh pumping center, which produces 17,000 barrels daily and secures a monthly income of 10 million dollars that is split between the U.S. and the PKK terror organization.Built in the Saddam Hussein eraThe illegal Rmeilan- Ayn Zala pipeline was built by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in a bid to sidestep the embargo imposed on Iraq in 1991. Saddam Hussein and former Syrian president Hafez al-Assad had secretly agreed to export Iraqi oil through Syria, however, at a later stage the majority of the pipeline was destroyed by American bombardment. When the U.S. intervened in Syria in 2014 under the pretext of Daesh, it has reactivated this link between Syria and Iraq by rehabilitating it.The oil sold through the pipeline established by the U.S.-PKK alliance is sold at a 60 percent discount and has brought in 500 million dollars since its first day in operation.A 10-kilometer clandestine pipelineDuring the Saddam Hussein era, a 10-kilometer long and 10-inch wide clandestine pipeline was built to sidestep the embargo enforced against Iraq at the time.The four-year active partnership between the PKK, U.S., Assad and Daesh to plunder Syria’s oil through the Rmeilan- Ayn Zala pipeline is still ongoing, which qualifies as an international crime for conducting business with terror organizations.Pipeline under PKK protectionPKK terrorists are tasked with guarding the oil smuggling pipeline in Syria and Iraq. Over 150 PKK terrorists are charged with the task of protecting the oil that is pumped from Hasakah through Sanjar to refineries in Kirkuk, where it is exported to Western oil companies.Assad’s man confesses Syrian businessman Hussam Qaterji, who is affiliated with the Mukhabarat, Syria’s intelligence agency, has confessed that the oil smuggling trade has been ongoing for three years now in partnership with the U.S., noting that the amount smuggled by the Americans from Syria is much higher than what has been reported to the Assad regime. In three years, oil smuggled through tanks and illegal pipelines has fetched over five million dollars, a claim which has been confirmed by ex-SDF spokesman Talal Silo. The PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK, was among the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The U.S. has supported the SDF, which consists of the PKK/PYD and other groups, in fighting Daesh in Syria but has largely ignored its links to the PKK. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.Daesh hands over Deir ez-Zor oilfields to PKK after deal with USFormer SDF spokesman tells of US arming terror groups
PKK/PYD, US 'let Daesh go free on 3 occasions' in Syria
The former spokesman of the SDF, an armed Syrian group dominated by the terrorist PKK/PYD, has told Anadolu Agency that the SDF and the U.S. allowed Daesh terrorists to escape on three separate occasions.Talal Silo, a former high-ranking commander, is currently in Turkey after defecting from the SDF last month.He revealed details of the U.S. military’s support to the PKK/PYD, also known as the YPG, and deals struck under the guise of combating Daesh.US promised PKK terror corridor reaching Mediterranean, says ex-SDF spokesmanAnadolu Agency: How did your first contact with the Americans happen?Talal Silo: They wanted to meet me outside Syria. They came with a vehicle like a helicopter. They took me to Erbil [the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish territory]. I stayed for two days at the U.S. base in Erbil airport. We discussed coordinating work and media matters. We identified the media that supported the SDF [and] we discussed which ones we could give interviews to.AA: Did you have direct contact with senior American officials?TS: Meetings took place directly. I also participated in these negotiations. I participated in the meetings with Brett McGurk [the U.S. special representative for fighting Daesh], Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend [commander of Inherent Resolve, the anti-Daesh operation in Syria and Iraq] and U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel. Şahin Cilo [SDF general commander, a senior PKK/PYD figure] appointed those who were to attend from our side. I attended all the meetings at the Celebi base [northern Syria]. We had a meeting with the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee. There was complete coordination between Cilo and the U.S. administration.Former SDF spokesman tells of US arming terror groupsAA: Why did you include Hatay [a Turkish province] in the PKK/PYD’s front organization SDF map emblem of Syria?TS: Cilo told us: ‘The Syrian state was founded by losing one province to Turkey. But we cannot give up on it’. We had this meeting in Hasakah [northwest Syria] at the YPG’s public relations building.AA: How did you decide on what to say as the SDF spokesman?TS: I was appointed to the spokesman position on Cilo’s order. Once appointed, Bahoz Erdal [then the PKK’s Syria representative] invited me for a meal at Karachok [in Syria]. We talked about everything. He gave me a gun as gift. At the SDF, instructions to make statements came from Cilo. He sent me the statements either through WhatsApp or Viber. I copy edited. Nurettin Sofi came after Bahoz Erdal left. He [Sofi], also supervised the statements [as Cilo’s superior]. I even published condolence messages on approval. The statement I read on the rescue of Raqqa was also given to me by Cilo. I don’t think he wrote it either. He did not have such a capability.AA: Were there any press statements demanded by the Americans?TS: They wanted us to condemn an explosion in Turkey. They also wanted to make a statement that the SDF was not related to the PKK. Cilo gave the statement. When Cilo was asked the reason, he said ‘The U.S. wanted it. Thus, it will be shown that there is no relation between us [the SDF] and the PKK’. Our role was on paper.AA: How was communication between the so-called SDF and the Qandil leaders of the PKK carried out?TS: Even though Şahin Cilo was the SDF general commander, he did not have a say. The instructions came from Bahoz Erdal and Bahoz was taking orders from Sabri Ok [senior PKK leader]. It took me two years to figure out these relationships. It was not easy. In particular, they had to keep me at the meetings with the U.S. I even attended the delivery of guns. I had gained their confidence during this time. I had grasped all of their private secrets. The PKK is making military, civil and economic decisions in the region. All decisions are taken from Qandil [the PKK’s main base, in Iraq], and those there [Syria] just apply them.AA: How did the PKK/PYD start receiving support from the U.S. under the name of SDF?TS: Since the foundation of SDF there had been weapon and ammunition support from the U.S. They were parachuting them to the YPG. After the declaration of the SDF, the weapon and ammunition support was made under different names without mentioning the Kurdish element at the request of the U.S. I also received two shipments of guns. The ones we received were light weapons. They were Russian-made. An American delegation arrived when the SDF was established. The SDF military council members' fingerprints and retina were scanned and photographs were taken. When they first arrived on the ground, the Americans settled at a small base in Istirahat al-Wazir, located between Tall Tamr and Hasakah. They made it into a helipad. They established a second base named Tal Baidar near the Dirbasiye road. A helicopter base was also established here. They were giving us weapons from there. They were also coming from the Semalka border crossing [on the Syria-Iraq border] as well. Then the Celebi base came into effect. It used to be a cement factory. It was near Sarrin, located between Ain Issa and Qere Qozaq bridge. They built a big U.S. base there. It is the main station for all the support provided to SDF. The support increased when the Celebi base came into force. We got full support after Trump arrived. We have seen hundreds of military vehicles carrying military supplies from the Semalka border gate. They all got moved to Celebi. From there, it is given to the YPG under the guise of the SDF. On arriving at Celebi, there is a YPG representative whose name is Hemin. He provides coordination. Whether it's a gun or a vehicle, he receives them. He sometimes leaves it at the base, sometimes he places them at the main station in the same region. He also delivers them to the YPG’s commander in charge of arms… He then distributes them to certain regions.AA: What kind of support does the U.S. provide, other than weapons assistance?TS: They provide military training. There was a camp built for this purpose. There are health centers for treatment. They use it for first aid and quick surgical operations. There are American and French health care teams. The French also provided sniper training.AA: Did you get any signal of the U.S. stopping support?TS: According to recent statements by the U.S., there will be no more delivery of weapons. But they have already received enough weapons. There is no limit on the money they received.AA: Can the PKK/PYD act independently of the U.S.?TS: No moves can be made without the approval of the U.S. because the U.S. provides support, especially air support. The Americans cannot eliminate Daesh without ground operations. Everybody knew that.AA: Are there no conflicts between the PKK/PYD leaders and the U.S.?TS: There are no conflicts because the two sides have established an alliance on all matters. The U.S. provided open and unlimited military support to the SDF. There is a common benefit in acting together. The interest of the SDF or the PKK was to dominate all these regions and indeed they did. This would not have happened without the U.S.AA: What is the extent of U.S. military presence on Syrian territory?TS: There are currently 2,000 American soldiers, according to what we have been told. There are trainers, consultants and liaison officers for air operations. There are marine batteries and special forces personnel. There are other countries as well -- England, France, Denmark -- but very few.AA: What is the influence of Brett McGurk [the U.S. special representative for the anti-Daesh coalition] in Syria?TS: He has been very effective since the beginning. For instance, in our first meeting at Celebi base, the liberation of Manbij was discussed. He was the one who suggested it. He said that in order to persuade the Turkish side, a special military council for the city, mainly formed by Arabs, must be established. Thus, he wanted to create the perception that the city’s own sons had saved Manbij. We saw the same suggestion in Raqqa. When making these proposals, he said: ‘We need to convince the Turkish side.’ So he told us we had to give the impression of Arab elements being on the ground. The Manbij Turkmen Units appeared on the Manbij Military Council but there was nobody. I even wrote made-up names on the council that were linked to me. It was done at McGurk’s request. Again, in the Raqqa operation, it was announced that only the Arab coalition would participate. Actually, there was no such thing as the Arab coalition. McGurk was directing the SDF’s hidden policies given under the command of Şahin and Cilo. Following the rescue of Manbij, he [McGurk] wanted us to release a statement that the SDF had rescued the city and the YPG had pulled out of the city and that those staying were the locals of the city. There was obviously no connection to the reality.AA: The PKK/PYD’s agreement with Daesh in Raqqa to help them leave caused a big reaction. What happened in Raqqa?TS: The Raqqa negotiations were done at the SDF’s general headquarters in Ain Issa. They lasted for two days. Abu Muhammad [who liaised with Daesh], Cilo and his deputy Kahraman met. Daesh did not have any other place to go but Deir ez-Zor. The U.S. seemed to agree with that. Because the SDF made two moves [in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor] at the same time, their men in Deir ez-Zor were weak. The U.S. wanted the SDF to start the Deir ez-Zor operation to reach the Iraqi border before the [Syrian] regime army arrived. According to the Americans, the regime army could reach Deir ez-Zor in six weeks. But when the regime army proceeded faster than expected, the U.S. wanted the SDF to begin negotiations with Daesh. Thus, the terrorists would go to Al-Bukamal [near the Iraqi border] and prevent the regime’s advance. Talks were held to allow 3,500 terrorists to leave. There were about 500 women and children. The U.S. and Cilo wanted these terrorists to reach Deir ez-Zor before the Syrian regime army. For this reason, the ones leaving Raqqa would not be shot. The same day, Cilo asked me to stage a drama in front of the press. As the media team, we prepared the ‘drama’. According to the drama, at the initiative of Arab tribes from Raqqa, 275 local Daesh terrorists had surrendered to the SDF. In return, 3,500 so-called civilians were going to be released. In the drama, to show the presence of 275 people they brought some people from Ain Issa camp. They played a second drama to the press. They forbid journalists from going to Raqqa. They told the journalists that they would fight foreign Daesh members who are unwilling to leave the area. But they did not even shoot a bullet. During this time, Daesh members who left the city, reached the places they were going. Then we announced that Raqqa was taken. We found out later that some of Daesh members gave bribes and went to other places. Most of them entered the Operation Euphrates Shield area [areas of Syria towards the Turkey border previously cleared of Daesh by Turkish-backed fighters].AA: What did you see when you entered Raqqa?TS: What happened in Raqqa was not saving the city but demolishing it. I went there the day we were going to declare it’s clearance. Unfortunately, I was shocked by the magnitude of the destruction in the city. More than 95 percent of it was destroyed. The aim of establishing the SDF was to save our people and our land from Daesh’s terror and oppression. But if what I saw was salvation, there was no need for such salvation because it was destruction. Destruction was carried out at the hands of both sides. The SDF destroyed it and the U.S. caused the destruction of the entire city. I still do not know the reason. Later, the Raqqa Civilian Council asked for financial support from the international community to reconstruct the city. They seemed to get personal benefits on the pretext of the city's reconstruction.AA: Were there any other collusions like Raqqa?TS: Raqqa was not the first place where they evacuated Daesh by agreement. It was the third. The U.S. and Cilo did it by common consent. The Manbij Military Council issued a statement just before Manbij was declared clear. It announced that 2,000 Daesh members were allowed to leave the city with human shields. The SDF, the U.S. and Manbij Military Council provided security for Daesh members and allowed them to go towards Jarablus. This was the first agreement.AA: Where was the other agreement between PKK/PYD and Daesh?TS: The other one was in Al Tabqah [on the Euphrates River]. Tabqah is divided into two -- the dam area and the resident area, Sevre. Tabqah was recovered and it was announced. But Sevre was not. Operations were launched so many times but they failed. Daesh resisted strongly. They were obliged to negotiate. Abu Muhammad stepped in. His sister’s husband was a Daesh commander in Tabqah. He was asked to meet Daesh for the safe exit of 500 terrorists by Cilo and the Americans. Daesh’s demand was to go to Tabqah from Raqqa with their weapons and ammunition. After Cilo met the Americans on our behalf, Daesh’s safe exit was allowed.AA: Turkey had proposed the U.S. to take Raqqa through a joint operation. Did the U.S. convey this on the ground?TS: I also attended that meeting [in Celebi base] at which the Americans brought that proposal. McGurk and [U.S. Senator] John McCain were there. McCain said Turkey proposed to send its troops to Raqqa along with Arab fighters through a 25-kilometer corridor to be opened from Tell Abiad. What McCain brought was just a proposal, it was not binding. When Şahin Cilo realized that he said they would not open even a 25-centimeter corridor for Turkey and those who would accompany them. McCain was content with those words. Then, we talked about the SDF’s weapon demands. McCain reiterated his support. He promised to help. He said they would oppose only one thing -- they could not give anti- aircraft guns.AA: The U.S. reacted by written statement to the terrorist leader Ocalan’s posters being displayed in Raqqa. What happened between the parties?TS: The Americans had always warned about posters and slogans to avoid difficulty for the organization in terms of public opinion. The Kurdish side did not accept the warning. There were posters of Ocalan in places where the Americans met us. One was even present at the first congress of the SDF. All of the flags in the region are of the YPG, the YPJ, etc. So, you cannot see any SDF flags. The Americans know full well who they are working with.AA: Did not the leaders of organization asked for open support in the international arena for the PKK/KCK, which is the main body of the organization, in return for the support they provided?TS: How much more support would it be? The PKK needs weapons and financial support. The weapons go to SDF and from there to the YPG. They reach the PKK from the YPG. So Şahin Cilo does not need to tell them to give weapons to the PKK. At the end, they already reached the PKK through the YPG.
US promised PKK terror corridor reaching Mediterranean, says ex-SDF spokesman
Talal Silo, a former spokesperson and defector from the PKK/PYD-dominated SDF, said that the U.S. informed the terrorist organization of Turkey’s probable operations in the region. Referring to Apr. 25, when Turkey struck PKK targets located on Mt. Sinjar in northern Iraq and Mt. Karacok in northeastern Syria and killed 70 terrorists, Silo said Şahin Cilo, a YPG regional figure, managed to stay alive because he did not receive a message from the U.S. saying it was safe. Silo added that most of the weapons sent by the Pentagon to the PKK were stowed at places American troops were located to prevent strikes by Turkey. Silo’s statements regarding the U.S.-PKK alliance are as follows:US promised PKK/PYD a terror corridor from northern Syria to the MediterraneanIt was not a project. It was a promise. We met with an American who said that he was coming from a think tank. They had asked for the meeting. He had a lot of bodyguards. Later, it was discovered that he was a U.S. intelligence chief.He said to us: "If you direct towards Deir ez-Zor, the U.S. will give the necessary support to provide a post toward the sea to the SDF and the Syrian Democratic Parliament." It was promised. However, the operation to take Deir ez-Zor failed. The main issue is not taking the villages and oil fields. [A Mediterranean corridor] was promised to Şahin Cilo and the SDF. I was also there.Daesh hands over Deir ez-Zor oilfields to PKK after deal with USIf this operation [Deir ez-Zor] was completed successfully, if we had won a victory, maybe the U.S. would try to open a corridor toward the sea for the SDF. He [American intelligence chief] said: “It is not possible for a structure like this to have a future if it does not have access to the sea.”He gave the issue of “Kurdistan” and Erbil as an example. “Kurdistan” does not have a point that opens to sea. Therefore, it always has to convince the other parties. Otherwise how will it export the oil? It has to have a point, like a port. The U.S. side promised on this issue. But I think it did not go according to plan. We will see what happens in the following days.Turkey’s Afrin operation worrying for PKKIf Turkish forces had intervened [in Afrin] they could have captured the city very quickly. The situation in Afrin is not like how the organization [PKK] shows. Therefore, they were very scared.The issue is not only the fall of Afrin. If Turkish forces cut [off] the northern rural areas; that would mean the failure of all projects [exit to Mediterranean], because they thought of Afrin as the heart of the project.Erdoğan: PKK/PYD not 'benefiting Kurdish brothers'The Turkish intervention would be the end of their dreams that they traded. [Against] the case of Turkish intervention in Afrin, they wanted Russian forces. The Syrian regime wanted the raising of the Syrian flag in case of contact with the Turks. But the regime put as a prerequisite the transfer of the points where its flag would be raised.Qandil rejected this request. But the border elements were scared. They believed that the U.S. would pressure Turkey not to capture Afrin. But the U.S. did not answer up to now. The U.S., since the beginning, said that it will support the liberated areas, but also said from the beginning that it will not give support to Afrin.Top officials at Mt. KaraçokKaraçok was the main base where the YPG's weapons and ammunitions depots and the money case were present. Bahoz Erdal and Şahin Cilo were residing close to there. It was also the place where ideological education was given to PKK leaders. YPG members were also receiving military education.I went there two times. Once I met Şahin Cilo and took over a car from him. The YPG's archives and press center were also in Karaçok. All the people present there were for the leader team.Former SDF spokesman tells of US arming terror groupsNalin from Turkey was responsible for women. She did not know Arabic. N. Sevin was also a Turkish-Kurd, she knew very little Arabic. Rustem [responsible for YPG groups] and Hasakah’s supervisor Gerzan were also present.I told Şahin Cilo that I was surprised how the death toll can be so much. He said: "Turkey violated security in Karaçok. There were some leaders who would be elected to new positions. Rustem would go to Turkey and work there. Turkish intelligence knew this. Regarding us, we were already staying outside because the message from the U.S. saying that 'you will not be targeted' had not came yet.’”Assad was Afrin’s windowWhen the Syrian regime took Aleppo, a road was formed directly. It is a parallel road [from the south] to the Operation Euphrates Shield area. The road starts from Afrin [passes from the regime areas] and reaches Manbij through the outskirts of Aleppo. And from Manbij, it directs to Jazeera [in east of Euphrates river]. In order to use the road, the approval of the regime or the Russian side is necessary. Sometimes even the Iranians' [approval].McGurk said Russia was not a problem for USThe U.S. did not pledge about Afrin. Even I asked McGurk [U.S. Special Representative for fighting Daesh] at our first meeting. At that time, Afrin did not have any communication [with the eastern areas]. I asked him about support to Afrin. He said that as the U.S. government they will not support Afrin. This happened at our first meeting.He said: “If Afrin wants another supporter, it should find one.” I said: “Maybe the Russian side.” He said: “There is no obstacle for us.”Then, Assad's cousin Hussein Assad called me. He told me to establish a line between the SDF and the Russians positioned at Khmeimim base. I spoke about the issue to Şahin Cilo. He said that the line will disturb the U.S. But Sipan Hamo [so-called general commander of YPG] wanted to communicate with the Russians. Then I explained this to Hussein Assad. The communication line with the Russians was established. They were nestling to Russians in many issues.Turkish forces kill over 350 PKK terrorists in NovemberInternational competition in Deir ez-Zor intensifiedOn Sep. 9 we started the operation [against Daesh as the SDF]. I personally announced it. The target was the remaining al-Jazeera region in Syria and the north of Euphrates River.Neither us, nor the YPG had the means to start an operation against Daesh. This operation was realized with U.S. support. The issue was definitely not related to oil. The target was the reaching of these forces under the name of the SDF to the Bukamal and Mayadin districts before the regime forces.Thanks to this, a barricade would be founded between Syria and Iraq. The U.S. tried to help in the beginning but failed. In the beginning we were also harassed by the Russians. Many people were even killed in Russian and regime attacks. The U.S. and SDF were fighting shoulder to shoulder. Regime forces were away.PKK/PYD, US 'let Daesh go free on 3 occasions' in SyriaBut the U.S., seeing that the regime was reaching those areas rapidly, mobilized the SDF. It requested Şahin Cilo [YPG regional figure] to do this job. That is something that most people do not know.Many posts that were taken were left to the Russians. Even Konoko gas plant and the surrounding oil fields were left to the Russians. When these transfers were made, the regime and the Russians did not advance further.PKK petroleum operation in Deir ez-Zor and HasakahThe YPG and PKK misused the oil fields in Rumelan after capturing them. Firstly, they were exporting this oil over Daesh areas. Ali Seyr, who is the PKK's responsible figure for financial issues at Jazeera, lives in Qamishli. He has direct connections with senior figures of the PKK. He is authorized to do oil agreements. Only he knows about the revenue. This is the secret of the PKK.Ali Seyr is selling oil to the outside since 2012. In the past, the sales were being done only over Daesh areas. An officer of the regime, al-Katirji, is the general responsible for taking oil from the PKK. It was said that even Şahin Cilo could not intervene in this. The oil issue was the secret of the organization. I reached some information by asking many questions.The money from the oil sold was being transferred to some names close to them in the banks of Lebanon. Then the money was being transferred to Europe. All the names are PKK members. The issue is very big. Everyday hundreds of tankers of oil were being transferred.The PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK, was among the U.S.-backed SDF. The U.S. has supported the SDF, which consists of the PKK/PYD and other groups, in fighting Daesh in Syria but has largely ignored its links to the PKK. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
The scandalous photos are reminiscent of a previous incident when a photo showing a U.S. soldier wearing the YPG logo on his arm was met with widespread outrage and condemnation.
The PYD and its military YPG wing are Syrian branches of the PKK, which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.