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In response to the US-led coalition’s policy in Syria and its support for Syrian Kurdish forces, the Turkish state media has exposed US military positions in Syria.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency has published an article highlighting 10 American military locations in northern Syria.
The maps, published by Anadolu on Monday, include specific locations of eight military posts and two air bases near the Turkish border as well as troop counts for both US and French forces.
The article lists three points in Hasakeh, two points in Manbij, and three spots north of Raqqa.
The United States first established air bases in Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria in October 2015.
In March and April 2016, the US added supplemental sites in the region.
The Anadolu article suggested this was a retaliatory action by Turkey for weapons ending up in the hands of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, which is assisting the US-led coalition in the fight against ISIS.
“By exposing these secret US military positions, Turkey is clearly providing information to ISIS terrorists to attack the American troops in Rojava-Northern Syria,” a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG forces told ARA News on Wednesday. “We won’t allow Turkey and its terrorist allies to approach these areas.”
Turkey considers the YPG as an extension to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been in conflict with Turkey for more than three decades.
A US-led coalition spokesperson on Saturday told ARA News that for the United States there is a difference between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The US-led coalition recognizes the PKK as a threat to Turkey.
“We disagree with the Turkish position that the YPG and the PKK are the same organization. The Coalition recognizes the threat the PKK poses to Turkey, but Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against terrorists that threaten us all,” the coalition spokesperson said in an exclusive interview with ARA News.
“We call on all countries in the region to remain focused on the fight to defeat ISIS, which is the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security,” the official said.
In the meantime, Ilham Ahmed, the co-president of the Democratic Council of Syria, said it is dangerous to equate the PKK to the Syrian Kurdish YPG.
The US-backed YPG and other faction so the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently locked in fierce clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) extremists in the city of Raqqa, which is ISIS’s de facto capital in Syria.
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