Kirby says US will continue support PYD in Syria

US State Department spokesman John Kirby says his country will continue to appropriately support PYD in Syria

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US State Department spokesman John Kirby is seen speaking in this archive photo.

Updated Oct 16, 2015

US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday that the US will continue to support Democratic Union Party (PYD) as they do with other groups who are fighting against ISIS in Syria, during his daily press briefing on Oct. 15. 

“It is important to remember that for the United States and the other 60 plus members of the coalition, the focus is on the fight against ISIS. And we will continue to appropriately support those groups that are proving effective against ISIS within Syria,” Kirby said. 

When Kirby was asked about Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu’s statement on Wednesday that the ambassadors from Russia and the US have been summoned to answer about their ties to the Kurdish forces in Syria, he stated that he did not see it. 

In his speech, Kirby also said “We understand the concerns of Turkish government and continue to have discussions with them regarding their concerns, especially with respect to the Syrian Kurds." 

PM Davutoglu had earlier said that Turkey will destroy the weapons delivered to the outlawed PKK-affiliated YPG militants in northern Syria, if they are transferred to PKK or were to reach Turkish soil, recalling US-supplied weapons to the Iraqi army are now used by ISIS.

The Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday that its cargo planes dropped “small arms ammunition” for the newly-formed coalition led by Kurdish YPG, armed wing of the PYD autonomous administration.

“The aircraft delivery includes small arms ammunition to resupply local forces to enable them to continue operations against Daesh [ISIS],” said Pentagon spokeswoman, Elissa Smith.

Addressing the US, Davutoglu said before providing weapons, parties should be able to foresee whose hands these weapons could fall into later on.

Turkey defines the YPG as the Syrian extension of the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, as well as the US, EU, and NATO.

Accordingly, Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the US Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, on Wednesday to convey its reaction concerning the delivery of the ammunition to the YPG militants in northern Syria.

Later in the same day, the ministry announced that a similar message was delivered to Russia, emphasising the growing danger of YPG militants in the region whose crimes against humanity have been recorded by a variety of international figures, including the EU, UN, and watchdog, Amnesty International.

“We have expressed this to the US and Russia in the clearest way. This is an issue of national security for us,” said Davutoglu.

YPG militants are also accused of committing war crimes against Arabs and Turkmen minorities in the northern regions, where they have taken control from ISIS in February with the help of US-supplied weapons and US-led air strikes.

TRTWorld and agencies