Published On: Tue, Jan 3rd, 2017

Turkey’s PM Yildirim Expects Trump Administration to Stop Arming Syrian Kurds

nsnbc : Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday that his government expects that the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will end the delivery of weapons to Syrian Kurds.

Binali Yildrim_Turkey_2016More specifically, Yildirim said he expected that the US ends arms deliveries to the PYD’s military wings the YPG and the all female YPJ. He added:

“The United States should not allow this strategic partnership (with Turkey) to be overshadowed by a terrorist organisation.”

Turkey considers the YPG / YPJ as terrorist organizations on par with Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

The United States has seen the YPG – YPJ and the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces as one of the key allies in “the fight against ISIS”.

Photo of U.S. Senator John McCain meeting illegally in a rebel safe house with the heads of the “Free Syrian Army” in Idlib, Syria in April, 2013. In the left foreground, top al Qaeda terrorist leader Ibrahim al-Badri (aka Al-Baghdadi of ISIS, a.k.a. Caliph Ibrahim of the recently founded Islamic State with whom the Senator is talking. Behind Badri is visible Brigadier General Salim Idris (with glasses), the former military chief of the FSA, who has since fled to the Gulf states after the collapse of any semblance of the FSA. (Courtesy VoltaireNet.org)

Photo of U.S. Senator John McCain meeting illegally in a rebel safe house with the heads of the “Free Syrian Army” in Idlib, Syria in April, 2013. In the left foreground, top al Qaeda terrorist leader Ibrahim al-Badri (aka Al-Baghdadi of ISIS, a.k.a. Caliph Ibrahim of the recently founded Islamic State with whom the Senator is talking. Behind Badri is visible Brigadier General Salim Idris (with glasses), the former military chief of the FSA, who has since fled to the Gulf states after the collapse of any semblance of the FSA. (Courtesy VoltaireNet.org)

The matter is, however, more complicated than it might appear at a first glance.

Both the United States and Turkey have actively supported the Islamic State, either directly, or by proxy via so-called moderate rebels which at some time also included the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.

Most independent analysts concluded that Turkey’s and the United States’ relationship with ISIS was and arguably still is based on the strategy of cooperative agonies to justify “interventions” in Syria and Iraq.

The situation is not less complex with regard to the Kurdish nexus. The PYD is a traditional ally of the PKK.

The PKK launched an armed insurgency against the Turkish State in 1984 and has since then enjoyed more than just “sympathies” from the Soviet Union – now Russia, Iran, Cuba, among others. Syria has “tolerated” the PYD and its armed wings.

The establishment of a Kurdish State with breathing straw access to the Mediterranean. Map plottings by Major (r) Agha H. Amin. (2012)

The establishment of a Kurdish State with breathing straw access to the Mediterranean. Map plottings by Major (r) Agha H. Amin. (2012)

Both the PKK and the PYD have, in the eyes of Soviet – Russian , Syrian and Iranian strategists, acted as a potential strategic buffer that could be used in a conflict with Turkey, or in the worst case NATO. US support for the YPG, on the other hand, had the function to drive a wedge into that alliance while this support also boosts long-term US plans to establish a “Kurdish Corridor”.  (see map).

Turkey for its part, agrees with the strategy provided that it is limited to Iraq and northern Iran. Both the PKK and the PYD, base their strategy on utilitarian principles. An understandable option for national liberation movements that have no formal military and have to use guerrilla strategies. One takes what one can get, especially the weapons of one’s enemies.

CH/L – nsnbc 03.01.2017

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