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This seems to me a particularly clumsy attempt to whitewash the role of the YPG/SDF as foot soldiers of U.S. imperialism. As it is widely known, the YPG/SDF leadership and the U.S. military have closely worked together during numerous military operations. The U.S. Air Force has given support to the YPG troops. The U.S. has armed the YPG, and so on. (See on this e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Democratic_Forces#Support_by_the_United_States,_France_and_other_Western_nations)

This is why the US military has repeatedly and openly praised the YPG as their foot soldiers.

As we reported in a past article, US General Dunford praised the YPG as the US “partners” on the ground in Syria. (“/We have 50,000 partners on the ground./”, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/revelations-of-u-s-general-on-washington-s-allies-in-syria/)

Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, the commander of US Special Operations against the Islamic State, also praised the YPG/SDF: “/They have an indomitable will. They have been ferocious fighters and excellent leaders and pretty amazing tacticians./” (https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript-View/Article/1359137/department-of-defense-press-briefing-by-general-jarrard-via-teleconference-from/)

And Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of US Central Command, told a congressional committee that the Kurdish-led fighters constitute “/the most effective force on the ground in Syria against ISIS/.” (https://armedservices.house.gov/legislation/hearings/terrorism-and-iran-defense-challenges-middle-east)

Chris Slee may deny all this out of political embarrassment but the US imperialists openly acknowledge the value of the YPG for Washington goals!

In contrast, the Turkish army or its air force didn’t join the HTS a single time in any of its operation against the Assadist forces! Hence, Ankara does not praise the role of the HTS. Quite the opposite, as we have shown in past articles, the Erdoğan regime has desired since long to subordinate or smash the HTS. (See e.g. https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-towards-the-final-battle-in-idlib/; , https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-idlib-the-attack-of-the-astana-conspirators-could-be-repelled-thus-far/; https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/turkey-s-hidden-war-against-hts-in-idlib/)

How silly for Chris Slee to equate the role of the YPG with that of the HTS!

As a result, Idlib is certainly not occupied by the Turkish army (until now). The later has created 12 observation positions at the demarcation line between free Idlib and the Assad-controlled territory. This is bad enough but still the Turkish army does not move around freely inside Idlib. This is in contrast to the role of the U.S. in YPG/SDF controlled areas!

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