A US military spokesman said recently that US Special Forces who are in Syria are not to wear the arm patch of the YPG, which is a Kurdish rebel group. Turkey, a US ally, regards the YPG as an arm of a terrorist group which is outlawed in Turkey.
In a televised briefing with reporters, Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Baghdad said: “Wearing those patches was unauthorized and inappropriate and corrective action has been taken. We have communicated as much to NATO ally Turkey. No punitive action is expected toward those who put the patch on their uniforms.
The issue came about when some US Special Forces troops were photographed wearing the patch while they were close to the front lines as members were moving toward Raqqa. At least one of the Americans was wearing the YPG patch. This patch represents the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit. Turkey, however, says this group is an offshoot of the PKK, Kurdish Workers Party. The PKK is considered a terror group by both the US and Turkey.
YPG forces have proven themselves to be one of the better, if not the best, fighting force involved in the Syrian civil war. The US has backed them with supplies, training, and airstrikes. In language that most Americans would not approve of if they knew of it, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu called the U.S. “two-faced” for refusing to call the YPG a terrorist group along with the PKK.
Regardless of how this politician feels about the number of faces America may or may not have, it is still a fact that the YPG is part of the SDF (Syrian Defense Force) and a very large part of that group also consists of Christian and Arab forces. YPG has had strong victories over ISIS in many locations, and is not considered a terror group by the US.
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