Turkish pro-government account denounces U.S. envoy Jeffrey on Twitter
A Turkish pro-government Twitter account released footages of Washington's Syria envoy James Jeffrey's statements on the connection between the YPG and the PKK.
In the video published by Fact-Checking Turkey, Jeffrey defines the People's Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of U.S. backed forces in Syria fighting against the Islamic State, as the Syrian offshoot of Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK), which has waged an armed insurgency against the Turkish state for decades.
#US special envoy to Syria James Jeffrey says that the US has not designated the #YPG as a terrorist organization the way it has the #PKK.— Fact-Checking Turkey (@FactCheckingTR) November 9, 2018
However, James Jeffrey had defined the YPG as the PKK’s Syrian offshoot several times.
Watch Mr. Jeffrey fact-checking himself. pic.twitter.com/0yCyrtAtup
Jeffrey's videos started circulating in social media after Jeffrey said on Nov. 6 the United States did not define the YPG as a terrorist organisation.
“Our position against the PKK is clear. Contrary to the PKK, we do not define the YPG as a terrorist organisation. We have never done that,” Jeffrey said.
The United States on Nov. 6 offered rewards for information on three senior members of the PKK.
The U.S. support to Kurdish forces in Syria has been a controversial issue between the United States and Turkey. Turkey says there is no difference between the YPG and the PKK and demands the United States adopt the same policy to the YPG as it did to the PKK.
Turkey's foreign ministry on Nov. 7 said it expected the United States to support the announcement of rewards for information with concrete action in Syria and Iraq against the PKK and its extensions.