Syrian Kurds denounce Turkish propaganda, say US weapons only against ISIS
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg, ARA News
The leadership of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units on Friday rejected the Turkish claims that the YPG could hand over US weapons to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
“This is a Turkish attempt to create problems between us and the [US-led] coalition against terrorism,” the YPG said in a statement.
“For some time now, our People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been receiving arms and ammunition support from the United States and the International Coalition [against ISIS] Alliance, and we have pledged that we will use these weapons to defend Rojava’s gains and fight against Daesh [ISIS] terrorism and so far our use of these weapons and ammunition has been part of our commitment and agreement,” the Kurdish leadership said.
“We at the People’s Protection Units (YPG) denounce the claims and accusations of Turkey against us that we hand over weapons to the PKK,” it said.
The YPG said the weapons that they receive from the US and international coalition are highly sophisticated, unlike what the PKK obtains from the black market.
“We in the People’s Protection Units lack armament and ammunition, and we believe the PKK has the know-how and ability to secure their needs for their weapons in the black market,” the YPG said.
“Turkey’s insistence on attacking us politically, in the media and even militarily is doomed to failure,” the Syrian Kurdish YPG force said.
“Therefore, we in the People’s Protection Units are committed to the official agreements we have signed with our partners in the fight against terrorism that these weapons will be used to protect the gains of Rojave and Northern Syria and to fight Daesh [ISIS] terrorist organization and to confront all military attacks that may target Rojava and northern Syria,” it said.
“The forces of democracy and advocates of peace in the world must be cautious in dealing with these Turkish allegations and show a firm attitude against them them so as to ensure the progress of combat operations against terrorism. We believe that the Turkish authorities have started using this card as part of their fervent attempts to save what is possible and to save it’s agents [ISIS] in terrorist organizations,” the general command of the YPG said in a public statement.