The Hidden Dangers Of The Fight Against Islamic State

“…The problem with this is that the PKK — which is designated as a terrorist organization by both the United States and Turkey — is effectively at war with Turkey, a NATO ally and a major stakeholder in the outcome of the war in Syria. In April, U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby told the press corps that “YPG’s not a designated foreign terrorist organization. PKK is. Nothing’s changed about that.”

Crucially, however, Turkey does not see a distinction between the PKK and the YPG. Neither do several experts whom RFE/RL consulted in researching this article. One source in territory controlled by the Kurds, who wished to remain anonymous due to security concerns, told RFE/RL that there is no doubt that the YPG reports directly to the PKK’s guerrilla leadership.”

  • xavier

    Yeah but to be ruthlessly coldeyed about it the Turks have sided with Islamic state and has already threatened it European allies with a Mariel type unleashing of refugees if the Turks don’the get visa free travelive.

    By contrast pkk and upgrade have paid with enormous amount of blood to stop the fanatics and have been both effective and reliable. So I can not only live with the sordid past but will want to reward the Kurds in recognition of our mutual congruence of interests as well as being trustworthy