DAMASCUS: The United States has awarded medals to terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syria affiliate, the YPG, in a ceremony held in an American military base located in the occupied northeastern part of the country.
So-called high-ranking terrorists of the group received the “Exceptional Service Plaque” during the ceremony attended by U.S. soldiers in the Hasakah-Rmeilan base on the so-called “Veterans Day.”
United States Pentagon Representative Major Abraham described senior PKK terrorist Mustafa Bali as “the best partner of all time” as he awarded him an exceptional service plaque, along with several others who received various awards during the ceremony.
The United States. has set up 35 terror camps and trained over 60,000 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists since 2015, according to the former head of the Raqqa Local Council Fayez Asmar, who denounced the “illegitimate” alliance between the U.S. and the PKK.
Washington maintains nearly 2,000 troops in Syria following its announcement that only a few hundred would remain after withdrawal efforts of its forces.
In December last year, 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.
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 that were to secure a garrison at a strategic Syrian border town.Although the date set for the pullout has passed, the United States has yet to reduce its military presence in Syria.
On the contrary, 300 trucks were sent into areas occupied by YPG/Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in Syria from the Iraqi side at the beginning and the end of February.
Turkey has long criticized the U.S. working with and supplying arms and ammunition to the terrorist YPG/PKK, for the ostensible purpose of defeating the terrorist group 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 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States 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 it also works under the label SDF.