PYD is not a terrorist group: U.S. official


Marie Harff, spokeswoman of the U.S. Department of State

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – On Tuesday, the spokeswoman the U.S. Department of State,  Marie Harff, said during a press conference that the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is not on the American list of terrorist organizations, noting her country’s knowledge of the links between PYD and PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party).

According to Harff, the U.S. differentiates between the PYD and PKK, and Washington made ​​clear to Ankara the importance of supporting the Kurdish groups, who are fighting Islamic State (IS/ISIS) terrorists, such as the PYD and its armed wing of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).

Harff also pointed out that the military aid provided by the American forces to the anti-IS fighters in the city of Kobane is not solely for the Kurdish groups, but also for the rebel groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who are fighting side by side with the YPG.

On the possibility of IS seizing these weapons, Harff said that such a possibility exists, but the American military forces are skillful in this kind of operations, and are currently evaluating who seized the supplies dropped by the U.S. air force in Kobane.

Speaking to ARA News in this regard, Mohamed Hajj Darwish, Syrian writer and political activist, said that the U.S. operates in accordance with its priorities.

“But our priority is to oust the tyrant regime of Bashar al-Assad,” Darwish said.

Accusing the PYD of having ties with the Syrian regime, Darwish said: “Any party which doesn’t fight against Assad regime is a terrorist group, similar to the IS.”

The human rights activist Darius Darwish told ARA News that the weapons provided by Iraqi Kurdistan through the U.S. military aircraft are in the service of protecting the Kurdish city of Kobane.

“Although the PKK is listed as a terrorist organization which puts pressure on Turkey to avoid supporting the YPG fighters (accused of links to the PKK), the determination of the U.S. and the Kurdistan Regional Government to support the anti-IS fighters in Kobane was greater, and the Turkish authorities had no other choice that submit to the necessity of facilitating this process.”

“I do not think that the U.S. will support the establishment of a Kurdish entity in Syria, however supporting the Kurdish forces defending Kobane against the primary enemy of the U.S. at the moment (in reference to IS) was necessary,” Darwish told ARA News.


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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