From the Turkish Press: US CENTCOM general, envoy meet with top YPG terrorist in Syria


This photo shared on Twitter by @mustefabali on July 22, 2019, shows U.S. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie (R) shaking hands with SDF leader Mazlum Abdi.

U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Kenneth McKenzie met with the top commander of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the U.S.

Mustafa Bali, the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the YPG, announced on his Twitter account yesterday that McKenzie visited the northern Syrian territories that are under the control of the terrorist organization. A representative of the U.S.-led coalition, William Roebuck, accompanied McKenzie during his visit. In the photos, the U.S. officials can be seen with YPG commander Mazloum Abdi — also known as Ferhat Abdi Şahin or Şahin Cilo, who is on Turkey’s most-wanted list.

“Gen. Kenneth McKenzie and Amb. William Roebuck are holding talks with #SDF commander-in-chief Gen. Mazlum Abdi to discuss developments, steps to improve relations and joint campaign against ISIS in NE Syria,” tweeted the so-called press office of YPG-controlled SDF, using another acronym for Daesh.

The statement itself contradicted the official U.S. and YPG position for over a year that Daesh has been defeated completely, prompting speculation about the real content and intent of the meetings.


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