Supporting PYD against Daesh similar to misguided support given to al-Qaeda in 1980s, Kurdish politician Siamend Hajo says
The U.S. support given to the PYD terrorist organization in Syria is similar to its misguided support of the al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Kurdish Syrian politician Siamend Hajo has warned. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency Wednesday, Siamend Hajo, the president of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria, called on the U.S. administration to reassess its support for the terrorist PYD, and support the moderate opposition forces instead.
“The U.S. is repeating its mistake with the al-Qaeda, now by supporting the PYD in Syria, he said.
In the 1980s, the Americans had supported the al-Qaeda in Afghanistan against the Russian invasion. Now they are supporting the PYD and PKK in Syria against Daesh. They are making the same mistake.
Hajo said the PYD and PKK were identical organizations, and the leading members of the PYD/PKK had long been under the influence of the Syrian regime and its intelligence organization.
In the past, PKK’s headquarters were in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, which was controlled by the Syrian intelligence. They were trained there to fight against Turkey. Today the majority of the PYD executives are the PKK members who were trained by the Syrian intelligence,” he said.
According to Hajo, the U.S. administration’s reliance on PYD is a policy which involves great risks and contradicts the U.S. goal to ensure a democratic transition in Syria.
“We believe that the PYD is acting against the interests of the U.S. in the long run,” he said.
“The PYD and the Assad regime apparently have a deal on a division of labor to purge all the opponents.”
“The Assad regime has deliberately left the control of the northern region to the PYD, and they are carrying out a major clampdown on groups that are opposing them and the regime,” he added.
“When we meet U.S. officials we tell them that if they are really sincere about a democratic transition in Syria, they cannot support a group like the PYD which is completely ignoring democratic freedoms and trying to establish its own dictatorship,” he said.