It seems not all is well in the halls of NATO. Turkey has gone from downing Russian jets to threatening to blow up American troops masquerading as Kurdish YPG.
CNN Turkey interviewed Turkish deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag on Sunday. He said that if US troops wear “terrorists’ clothes” and find themselves among “terrorists” of the Kurdish YPG forces attacking the Turkish troops, “there is no chance that we will make a distinction at this point.”
Bozdag notes that anybody bearing weapons and fighting together with the Kurdish YPG will be considered a target; US forces present in Syria should avoid areas where the Turkish military is present and avoid helping Kurdish “terrorists”.
“We are clearly saying that we do not want to confront our ally, the United States. I am sure that they do not want to face Turkey and Turkish armed forces,” he adds.
There is evidence of American troops disguising themselves as Kurdish militia, they do little to hide their involvement. Soldiers are photographed bearing high-end US weaponry and body armor while wearing the Kurdish YPG badges. The Pentagon says wearing the “insignias and other identifying marks with their partner forces” was done to “blend in with the community.”
The US has to balance its disparate allies in the region as it attempts to manipulate its little proxy war on the ground for its own benefit; the Kurdish YPG are also accusing the US of standing by and allowing Turkish forces to run rampant, occupying Afrin.
“With the coalition, especially the US forces, we saw some double standards,” Khalil, a Kurdish military officer told RT’s Ruptly agency. “What we demand from the US, in particular, is to fulfill the promises to the [US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces] – that is to protect the liberated areas, including Afrin, which, as we can see, has been fighting heroically and fiercely for seven days against Turkish occupation…”
So far, US forces appear to be completely fine with their Turkish allies decimating their Kurdish allies – while simultaneously arming their Kurdish allies with weapons and supporting them with American troops. Weapons that could be used against their Turkish allies. If this were a trust game, the US has let both allies fall to the ground with a thump.
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