For the Syrian Kurds, the YPG is not just an organization that fights Daesh in Syria as claimed by the US, nor it is just a threat for Turkey as security analysts and Turkish military and government agencies had been warning. As a military wing of the PKK/PYD terror group, it is potentially a threat to every community, including the one it claims to represent – the Kurds.
This was revealed by the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday. He said that the YPG was preventing Syrian Kurds from returning home, a step that could be part of its dubious objectives that the terror group is perusing through support from major external powers led by the US.
The minister said the YPG was controlling 20 percent of the Syrian territory in north. “In Turkey we have 300,000 Syrian Kurds. Not even one of them is able to go back to this area. The YPG confiscated their properties, houses, all official certificates. No archives. Everything is burned. Their land and houses are taken, they cannot go back,” he added.
Cavusoglu made the statement while speaking at a conference in Rome. Referring to the Euphrates Shield Operation launched by the Free Syrian Army – with the support of the Turkish military – he said they were able to clear 2,000 square kilometers of land along the Turkish-Syrian border of terrorist elements.
Turkey shares a large border with Syria and is the only country which has been affected by the international proxy war directly. Although the PKK waged war against the Turkish state in 1984, resulting in the death of thousands and destruction of billions of dollars, Syrian war has emboldened terror groups and its sister wings like YPG and PYD in order to destabilize Turkey. In response, the Turkish government has mobilized all its forces, including military and political to prevent Daesh, the PKK and YPG encroach into its territory.
*Written by Waseem Ahad.