Has the United States decided to punish the Kurdish Protection Units?

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 26 April, 2017

Eldorar Alshamia:


The Kurdish protection units "YPG" announced that Turkish aircraft targeted  its headquarters in the area of ​​Karajuk, near the city of Al-Malikiyah (Dirik), Hasakah province. The units indicated in its statement that the headquarters include the military institutions, the information center, radio and the communications center.

According to identical sources, the bombing left dead and wounded in the ranks of the militias, which constitute the basic pillar of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a result of the raids.

The raids came only a few days after the Turkish warplanes targeted YPG militia’s sites in Jabal Barasaya in the northern countryside of Aleppo, where the Kurdish center of "Democracy for Human Rights", said that a military aircraft targeted in the morning the headquarters of the militias in the village of Qustal and Jabal Barasaya, which led to the death and wounding tens of the militia.

Rusian-Kurdish matching VS Russian-American tension

Moscow announced more than a month ago the transfer a part of the "Hmimmim center” to the north of Aleppo, in conjunction with controversial statements by the spokesman of the Kurdish units Redo Khalil, that Russian armor vehicles and armored BMPs arrived at their areas in the countryside of Aleppo, and that the Russian military presence in this region Under the implementation of the protection units and the Russian forces agreement to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

The Kurdish units received a Russian offer to participate in attacking the province of Idlib, starting from the city of Afrin, the most important strongholds of the units in Aleppo, Passnews Kurdish website reported.

The United States is the main ally and supporter of the Kurdish units, relying mainly on fighting IS organization in Syria. However, recent trends in Washington, which show its determination to counter Russian influence in various regions, most notably in Afghanistan and the Middle East, seem to have put Kurdish units in embarrassment for receiving Russian troops within their -held areas .

"The seventeenth of April, witnessed for the first time the US fighter jets targeting Kurdish units hit the village of Ayed Kebir south of Tabqah city in rural Raqqa as the operation left 18 militants dead, and Washington justified the bombing that it was mistaken.

Turkish - American understandings

The issue of US support for SDF militias, whose Kurdish militias are its backbone, is the main reason for the differences between Washington and Ankara, because Turkey classifies the units as a terrorist organization and the PKK’s arm in Syria. Washington insists on spporting the militias with weapons for fighting against IS group.

The Turkish strikes came a few days after Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a telephone call from his US counterpart following the success of the referendum on the amendment of the constitution in Turkey, where the Turkish president later reported that the positions are identical on the fight against terrorism.

"Erdogan said in an interview with the Amirecan network "CNN International" that Trump told him it is not possible to overcome the IS group by another terrorist organization."

The Turkish newspaper Yeni Shafak, close to the ruling party of AK, indicated that the countdown began to resume Turkish operations in Syria, southern Turkey and Iraq. The operations would include areas in Manbij of Syria, Sinjar plain in Iraq and the southern border of Turkey in order to stop the lanes established by the PKK to Turkey.

The newspaper said that the consultations with the United States and Russia for these operations is ongoing as the two countries have a large presence in Syria.

Previous developments indicate that Turkish air strikes may have been made with an Amirecan green light , which means that US has left of the Kurdish units partly. Does this indicate a change in American attitudes and shifts in its plan in Syria, or does it adopt an approach to punish the Kurdish units, to discourage them from continuing their alliance with Moscow? Will the units risk Washington's anger by engaging in a joint operation with Russia against Idlib, or will they read the messages well?