As many as 100 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists were discovered to be trained in the town of Kobane of the Syria for the scheduled operation aim to sweep Daesh terrorists from Raqqa, the stronghold of Daesh.
The French soldiers are supporting PKK/YPG in operational planning and coordination during the airstrikes.
Many of the French soldiers were discovered to have been based in a U.S. military facility in Kobane of Syria.
Previously in November, 2016, around 1,350 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorists were discovered to be training in the town of Tel Abyad in the Syrian province of Raqqa, the stronghold of Daesh.
US still backing terrorist YPG in northern Syria
While Turkey-led military operations continue in northern Syria in order to eliminate the PKK/PYD threat along its border, the U.S. support to the terrorist group's armed wing in Syria, YPG has remained to show itself in several ways since more than two years. PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK -- considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- whereas YPG is the armed wing of PYD, and considered by the U.S. a "reliable partner" in the region in the fight against Daesh.The Obama administration initially admitted supporting the PYD/YPG at the end of 2014 when Daesh surrounded Ayn Al-Arab, a Syrian city close to the Turkish border.By claiming that it supported the anti-Daesh fight in Syria including the protection of Ayn Al-Arab from the terrorist group, the U.S. dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the YPG from the air, senior U.S. administration officials said, according to a Wall Street Journal article dated Oct. 20, 2014. The American authorities also confirmed that one of the medical aid packages that they dropped fell mistakenly into the hands of Daesh. Meanwhile, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with PYD's leader Salih Muslim on Dec. 9, 2014 in Erbil, northern Iraq, reportedly to discuss further military coordination over Ayn Al-Arab, according to a story by Erbil-based Rudaw Media Network. Shortly after the Turkish government approved in July 2015 the use of its southern Incirlik Air Base for the U.S.-led international coalition against Daesh, the tensions between the two NATO allies intensified, especially with regard to U.S. assistance to the YPG in northern Syria -- which Turkey opposes strongly. 19 Daesh terrorists neutralized in Syria: Turkish military US soldiers wearing YPG patchesDespite opposite claims, photos on social media showing U.S. soldiers with YPG insignia were yet another milestone that further strained the relations between Ankara and Washington. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reacted harshly to the photos that emerged during an operation launched last May by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to liberate Daesh's self-declared capital of Raqqa, calling the incident "not acceptable".Asked about the photos and whether the U.S. provided arms to the group, the U.S. authorities insistently declined that the U.S. forces were doing much more than training and advising the YPG. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters in a press briefing on May 27, 2016 that the U.S. troops were most likely just being "supportive of that local force [YPG] in their advice and assist role".On the other hand, Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve in Baghdad told reporters the same day that wearing those patches was "unauthorized and inappropriate," and that "corrective action" had been taken.However, he added that the American Special Forces had a "long and proud history" of wearing such patches of their allies around the world in order to "connect with those they are training".48 Daesh terrorists killed in Syria on Sunday: Turkish Army PYD/YPG existence in Syria's Manbij The U.S. has long promised that the YPG will leave Manbij once it is liberated from Daesh. However, although the Syrian city near the Turkish border was retaken from Daesh last summer, the YPG is still operating in the city. The issue has been raised several times at meetings between Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as well as the Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar and his American counterpart Joseph Dunford. The Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, which began last August, aims to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey's border using Free Syrian Army fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.The operation also aims to push the PKK/PYD to the east of the Euphrates River and secure the area -- especially Manbij which is located on the west bank of the river. Manbij is currently controlled by the PYD/PKK. Outlawed PKK/PYD and its military wing YPG are trying to combine their self-declared cantons in Ayn Al-Arab and Al-Hasakah in northeast along the Turkish border with the one in Afrin, northwest corner of Syria, an idea that Turkey has long opposed. If PKK/PYD fails to capture the town of Al-Bab -- another critical city which is trying to be liberated -- it will not be able to connect Manbij with Afrin. The Turkish army is currently supporting Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in liberating Al-Bab.Yıldırım says will not allow PYD's fait accompli in Syria US flags on PKK/YPG buildings Last September, the American flag was hoisted over several buildings belonging to the PKK/YPG in Raqqa's Tal Abyad district (which were recognizable from the Turkish border), according to local sources. "The U.S. and the Western world protected, funded and trained these [Daesh, PKK] terrorist organizations," in northern Syria and parts of Iraq, security expert Abdullah Agar told Anadolu Agency. These groups are used as "masks" to serve the U.S. and Western interests in the Middle East, according to Agar.He added that the U.S. never said it armed the YPG although the group's current "sophisticated" weapons such as tanks or stingers were made in the U.S. "Instead, they say they armed the 'Democratic Syrian Forces' -- 80 percent of which consists of PKK-guided terrorists. This [wording] is shrewd [of them]," Agar said.
The U.S. was also discovered to be paying 300 US dollars monthly to each and every terrorist.
Ankara denounces the YPG as an affiliate of the PKK terrorists, which has been conducting terrorist attacks targeting Turkey for three decades and which is designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
However, EU and U.S. insist on indicating that YPG is their ally against Daesh, despite Turkey's warnings.
Inaction of international community
The Turkish military on August 24 launched the operation, dubbed 'Euphrates Shield', which targets the PKK and its affiliated terrorist organizations PYD and YPG along with Daesh terrorists. However, the US hasn't conducted airstrikes in support of the Euphrates Shield operation.
Erdoğan sees progress in Turkey-US relations under Trump
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the 9th annual Ambassador's Conference held at the Presidential Complex in Turkey's capital, Ankara, emphasizing that he is hopeful of better Turkey-U.S. relations under Trump administration. President Erdoğan said that he believes Turkey's relations with the U.S. will pick up the pace once President-elect Donald Trump takes office. “I believe we will accelerate dialogue when Mr. Trump takes office. I believe we will reach a consensus with Mr. Trump, particularly on regional issues," he said. Relations between Washington and Ankara have deteriorated sharply since a failed military coup in July. Turkey has expressed its frustrations regarding the U.S. support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorists, and the failure of the U.S. to extradite Fetullah Gülen.442 arrested in PKK, FETÖ probe in Turkey: Turkish Ministry Turkey is committed to combatting terrorism “The July 15 coup plot was not the first betrayal of the state recorded in our history. However, with the way it was carried out, it was certainly the most insidious," said Erdoğan. The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) is led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, who orchestrated Turkey's July 15 coup plot and is the mastermind behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary. “After every terror attack, our people have united in even greater solidarity. We are proceeding with caution and treating members of terrorist organizations with great hesitation," vowed Erdoğan. “Meanwhile, some European countries are welcoming them and treating them as if they are victims," he emphasized. “While they do not open their doors to Syrian victims, the PKK and FETO are offered asylum on a golden platter. My conscience does not allow me to call them a friend. But this behavior does not suit countries that we call our allies," he continued. Erdoğan expressed his determination to clear all government institutions of FETO terrorists. “It is going to take time and effort to root out a terror group that has been growing within our system for 40 years. We will continue to fly our flag with national organizations across Europe and Asia. FETO is continuing to spread anti-Turkey rhetoric in every country it is operating in," he underlined.FETÖ terrorist named head of Texas university “A FETO fugitive who is on Turkey's most wanted list has been appointed the President of an American university," said Erdoğan, alluding to Şerif Ali Tekalan, a medical school professor who was recently appointed president of the Houston, Texas-based North American University, according to a December 19 statement by the university. Tekalan is on the Turkish Interior Ministry's Most Wanted terrorists list, with a reward of 750,000 Turkish liras ($205,829) for information leading to his capture, over his links to FETO. Turkey advances its international diplomacy “We have entered a sincere period [of diplomacy] with the Iraq government. We will continue to work with the Iraqi government to clear Iraq of terrorist organizations," vowed Erdoğan.Turkish military ops will withdraw from Iraq once terror threat is eliminated: Deputy PM “We hope to expand our diplomacy across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Turkish-Russian relations have become even stronger since the downing of the Russian warplane. This is due to our proactive diplomacy," he explained. The Turkish President also said that Turkey hoped to visit four African countries this month in a bid to strengthen ties with the continent. Turkey-EU relations “Admission to the EU is a strategic aim of Turkey, but we cannot turn a blind eye to the double standards we are being held to," said Erdoğan. Turkey was recognized as a candidate for full membership to the EU in 1999 and negotiations were started in 2005. Out of the 35 chapters required to finalize the accession process, 16 have been opened and one closed.Turkey believes Trump will not repeat mistakes of last administration: Turkish FM Turkish people say US behind terror attacks Yıldırım says will not allow PYD's fait accompli in Syria
Also, the adjournment of the Raqqa operation provided an advantage to Daesh terrorists against Turkish soldiers.
The US not only postponed the Raqqa operation but also suspended the Mosul operation which was being conducted with the support of the PKK/PYD.
Erdoğan reaffirms Turkey's determinism to fight against terrorism
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recalled Turkey's determinism to fight against terrorism and strengthen the Turkish economy, as he stressed that Turkey is strong enough to deal with all the terrorist elements that target the integrity, peace and economy of Turkey. "While we are witnessing an extraordinary term that we should put all our efforts against the terrorism and don't let these parties harm the Turkish economy," said Erdoğan in his speech in the Presidential Complex of the Turkish capital Ankara. "Turkey is under attacks from terrorist organizations inside the country and outside. We can deal with all the difficulties due to the existance of over 3 million refugees inside the country. But what is more important is providing an atmosphere of peace and stability in Iraq and Syria.This would be the only permanent solution," he said. "All the attacks targeting Turkey show the indifference between the Daesh, Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organizations," he said. Erdoğan also criticized the countries who are the members of anti-Daesh coalition, saying that they are completely inactive against Daesh terrorists. Erdoğan's remarks attributed to the inactiveness of the anti-Daesh coalition, particularly the United States, which hasn't supported Turkey with conducting airstrikes in al-Bab and postponed the scheduled operation in Raqqa, which made Daesh stronger against Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) soldiers. Previously,Turkish military sources verified that the US didn't conduct airstrikes as a support to the Euphrates Shield operation. The adjournment of the Raqqa operation provided an advantage to Daesh terrorists against Turkish soldiers. The U.S. not only postponed the Raqqa operation, but also suspended the Mosul operation which was being conducted with the support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD). The anti-Daesh coalition includes 13 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. However, all of these countries have been inactive against Daesh, since the Turkey-backed FSA launched the Euphrates Shield operation on August 24. The Euphrates Shield operation was launched between the Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army, with the aim to sweep Daesh from Syria, and has been running for 140 days. Erdoğan previously said Manbij will be cleaned of terrorists after al-Bab operations.19 Daesh terrorists neutralized in Syria: Turkish military Turkey builds orphanage for Syrian children in Hatay
The anti-Daesh coalition includes 13 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.
However, all of these countries have been inactive against Daesh, since the Turkey-backed FSA have been conducting the Euphrates Shield operation.