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What message is Russia delivering to Turkey on the YPG?

30 12 10

Talal Silo, a former high-ranking commander and spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group whose core is formed of troops from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), recently gave a substantial interview to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. He was speaking almost a month after defecting from the SDF.

The information Silo provided was very important in terms of detailing the substantial cooperation between the U.S. and the YPG, a group that Ankara sees as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The interview also shone a light on the YPG’s organic relationship with the PKK, while Silo revealed how the SDF made deals with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters over the liberation of Raqqa in October as well as other Syrian regions.

However, it was interesting to observe Silo’s unwillingness to discuss the YPG’s relationship with Russia, especially in Afrin.

Indeed, Silo’s Russian revelations were easily upstaged by a recent picture of Russian General Alexei Kim posing with the YPG spokesperson Noureddine Mahmoud, in front of........

© Hürriyet Daily News