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Anadolu: US continues training blacklisted forces in Syria

Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units militia (YPG)
Members of the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units militia (YPG), 28 February 2015 [Kurdishstruggle/Flickr]

The US is continuing to train Syrian rebel forces labelled by Washington as "terrorists", Anadolu Agency disclosed on Friday.

According to Anadolu Agency, sources stated that 70 US Special Forces had been sent to Hassakeh through Iraq on 28 November, to provide weapons and training to YPG/PKK members east of the Euphrates.

The report by Anadolu Agency stated that US soldiers arrived in the town of Rmelan, where the US airbase is located, and started training hundreds of YPG/PKK terrorists on 1 December.

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YPG/PKK terrorists, according to Anadolu Agency, would be trained to use light, medium and heavy weapons, as well as raids and infiltration methods of villages.

Anadolu Agency's sources, who asked to remain unnamed, confirmed that some of the "terrorists" would be sent to the Ash Shaddadi district in Hassakeh and the Omar oil field in Deir El-Zour, while the remaining "terrorists" would stay in Rmelan.

The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK, a group designated as terrorists by the US, the European Union and Turkey. However, the US and France have previously supported YPG/PKK terrorists with military training in the areas of Hassakeh and Deir El-Zour.

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