Carter’s remarks are his ideas, PYD is not a terrorist organization: John Kirby
The U.S. defense chief stated on April 28 that the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its militia force, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), were linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

During testimony before a Senate panel, Ashton Carter said “yes” when asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham whether the PYD and YPG were aligned with the PKK.

Meanwhile, U.S. Department of State spokesperson John Kirby commented on Carter’s remarks, saying the U.S. stance on the PKK and PYD had not changed.

 “I didn’t see Secretary Carter’s comments. I’d let them – let him speak for his views and the Pentagon views. Nothing’s changed about our take here. The PKK is a foreign terrorist organization. That hasn’t changed. And as I’ve said before, those Kurdish fighters who are effective against Daesh in Syria – while we’re not providing direct arms, which as I – once again, I think your question sort of implied that. That’s not – that’s not what’s happening,” Kirby said at a daily press briefing on April 28.

 “The YPG’s not a designated foreign terrorist organization. The PKK is. Nothing’s changed about that,” Kirby added.

News Code: 13147  |  Date: 2016/04/30  |  Time: 13 : 50

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