The US military has reportedly dispatched American troops to the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah in persisting efforts to extend military training to anti-Damascus Kurdish militants affiliated with the PKK terrorist group.
A contingent of 70 American Special Forces were transferred to Hasakah through Iraq on 28 November, to provide weapons and training to the US-sponsored PKK and YPG militants that largely make up the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Turkish official Anadolu agency reported on Friday, citing local sources.
According to the report, the American soldiers arrived in the town of Rmelan — where the US maintains an airbase — and engaged on December 1 in training what it referred to as “hundreds of YPG/PKK terrorists” on the use of light, medium and heavy weapons, “as well as raids and infiltration methods of villages.”
Sources of the report, who spoke on condition of anonymity, further unveiled that some of the “terrorists” would be sent to the Ash Shaddadi district in Hasakah and the Omar oil field in Dayr al-Zawr after completing the 30-day military training, and the remaining “terrorists” would stay in Rmelan.
Ankara views the US-backed YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Units) as the Syrian branch of the homegrown and outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984 and remains designated as a terrorist group by the US, the European Union and Turkey.
Source : PRESS TV