YPG at­tacks mosques in Europe

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

Un­for­tu­nately, Tur­key does not re­ceive the re­quired sup­port for its coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts in Syria due to the faulty acts of NATO al­lies and EU coun­tries. The sit­u­a­tion sadly fa­vors ter­ror­ism. Fight­ing against the PKK, its Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate Demo­cratic Union Party (PYD), its Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) mili­tia and Daesh, Tur­key has been try­ing to erad­i­cate the ter­ror­ist groups in Syria and Iraq. The Daesh threat is about to come to an end thanks to Tur­key.

Also, the world is in­debted to Tur­key since the out­lawed PKK is in de­cline in Iraq thanks to Tur­key.

Thanks to Tur­key, the PYD and YPG have been ren­dered in­ef­fec­tive in many ar­eas of north­west­ern Syria and a con­sid­er­able amount of Syr­ian refugees could safely re­turn to their towns. Also, as a re­sult of Tur­key’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties, the ter­ror­ist groups that have ter­ror­ized Euro­pean cap­i­tals over the past years are no longer ac­tive. As more ter­ror­ists have been ren­dered in­ef­fec­tive, ter­ror­ist groups have de­clined in power to a great ex­tent.

The coun­tert­er­ror­ism fight would yield more re­sults to­day had the U.S. and sev­eral EU coun­tries not pro­vided weaponry aid to the YPG. Un­for­tu­nately, a num­ber of coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly the U.S., clings to the lie that the YPG fights Daesh and the Pen­tagon has equipped the YPG with a great amount of mod­ern weapons and com­bat ve­hi­cles. But it is a fact that the YPG has never fought against Daesh. Daesh mil­i­tants have seized some of the weapons given to the YPG, show­ing that the YPG co­op­er­ated with Daesh to con­trol some ar­eas in Syria. In ad­di­tion, it was even­tu­ally re­vealed that Daesh and the YPG or­ga­nized many of the vi­o­lent at­tacks in Tur­key to­gether over the past years.

The YPG and Daesh used Afrin in north­west­ern Syria as a base to or­ga­nize at­tacks in Europe and Tur­key. The ter­ror­ists who per­pe­trated the at­tacks al­ways de­parted from Afrin. Af­ter the at­tacks, the per­pe­tra­tors usu­ally headed to Afrin to take cover. Thanks to Tur­key’s Oper­a­tion Olive Branch, Afrin has been lib­er­ated from these ter­ror­ists and given to the hands of Syr­ian peo­ple again. Afrin is no longer a base for ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

In many EU coun­tries, a num­ber of me­dia out­lets, po­lit­i­cal cir­cles, unions, churches and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions are still spread­ing the lie that the YPG is not a ter­ror­ist group. Some of them un­abashedly claim that the YPG is not linked to the PKK. These claims have been proven wrong as PKK mil­i­tants and pro­po­nents in Europe have at­tacked mosques, as­so­ci­a­tions, restau­rants and busi­ness places owned by Turk­ish-Euro­peans.

Here is more proof. On Sun­day, I was in Darm­stadt, Ger­many. Ter­ror­ists at­tacked Emir Sul­tan Mosque in Darm­stadt and tried to break the door of the mosque. They broke the win­dows but could not get in. They wrote pro­fan­ity on the walls along with the ini­tials of the PKK and YPG. Many other van­dal­ized places also had the ini­tials of these ter­ror­ist groups on their walls. The Darm­stadt po­lice can ver­ify the ac­cu­racy of my state­ment. Hope­fully, the per­pe­tra­tors will be ap­pre­hended as soon as pos­si­ble since this will de­ter fu­ture at­tacks. It would be naive to ex­pect an end to such as­saults as long as PKK and YPG sup­port­ers can freely move in Europe. In this sense, Euro­peans need to re­al­ize that the PKK and YPG are cat­e­gor­i­cally the same.

Al­though some groups in Europe in­sist the YPG is not a ter­ror­ist group, they show their ter­ror­is­tic char­ac­ter with their sig­na­tures on van­dal­ized build­ings. These groups must be ei­ther too naive or too ma­li­cious to over­look such a sim­ple truth.

EU coun­tries must ur­gently take nec­es­sary steps with re­gard to the YPG and con­sider the group in the same cat­e­gory as the PKK, as Ankara does.

Ozan Cey­hun

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