Rifts emerge between YPG and PYD over U.S. armament in Syria

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Redur Khalil, YPG official spokesman, speaking to a press conference in Qamishli. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

QAMISHLI – Redur Khalil, the official spokesman of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) criticized Thursday Saleh Muslim’s (co-chair of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) remarks on the YPG receiving American weapons in Syria, saying Muslim is only a politician who is not authorized to speak in the name of the Kurdish forces.

“The statements issued by Mr. Muslim about the YPG military future plans and the reception of weapons and ammunition from the U.S.-led coalition forces are beyond his responsibility as he is only a head of a political party,” Khalil said in a press conference in Qamishli city, in northeastern Syria. 

“Mr. Muslim commented on a number of military matters he is not familiar with.”

“Muslim’s remarks reflect only his own viewpoint and his party’s (PYD),. These remarks do not concern us at all,” Khalil stressed, adding that Washington has announced earlier to whom they provided weapons.

Earlier this week, Muslim confirmed that 50 tons of ammunition were dropped to the Kurdish YPG forces in norther Syria, pointing out “this is just the beginning, and more weapons are to be sent.”

It is known that the YPG forces have direct links with the PYD, but Khalil’s statements reflect deep rifts between the YPG leadership and the PYD. 

“The division between both political and military leaderships in the Kurdish areas proves that Syrian Kurds are working institutionally in their areas,” a YPG official told ARA News. 

However, activists reported that the YPG forces are now linked directly to the U.S. foreign policy and that is why it no longer works according to internal interests. Others argued that it is difficult to explain what’s really going on between the both sides. 

On the other hand, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, warned that Turkey may take action against Syrian Kurdish forces if their weapons become a threat to Turkey.

The Pentagon had confirmed Thursday that the Kurdish forces received a part of the ammunitions that were dropped in northern Syria.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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