Op­er­a­tion against YPG east of the Euphrates im­mi­nent, pres­i­dent says

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SPEAK­ING Fri­day at a mil­i­tary grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in the south­west­ern prov­ince of Is­parta, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan said that a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion against the PKK ter­ror­ist group’s Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate, the Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG), east of the Euphrates River is im­pend­ing, in ac­cor­dance with Turkey’s ob­jec­tive to elim­i­nate all ter­ror­ists pos­ing a threat to its na­tional se­cu­rity.

THE Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate of the PKK ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG), are poised to ramp up au­ton­o­mous plans in north­east Syria by in­tro­duc­ing a cryp­tocur­rency pro­gram to avoid de­pen­dence on the cur­rency of the Bashar As­sad regime.

Erse­lan Ser­dem, the leader of the tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment pro­gram of the Demo­cratic Fed­er­a­tion of North­ern Syria (Ro­java), the so-called de facto au­ton­o­mous re­gion of the YPG in Syria, said on Thurs­day to the Coin Desk web­site that they are plan­ning the use of cryp­tocur­rency, with the aim to grad­u­ally print their own pa­per cur­rency.

“Along­side a sys­tem of self-gov­ern­ing com­munes, Ro­java plans to im­ple­ment new tech­no­log­i­cal acad­e­mies, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on cryp­tog­ra­phy and cryp­tocur­rency,” Ser­dem said. He also stated that us­ing their cur­rency is cru­cial for achiev­ing the vi­sion of Ab­dul­lah Öcalan, the im­pris­oned leader of the PKK, who fore­sees a form of gov­er­nance called “demo­cratic con­fed­eral- ism.” Point­ing out that they have to think about the fu­ture of the new sys­tem he said, “We do not like to de­pend on the Syr­ian govern­ment money, which is state money, we want to trade in our own cryp­tocur­rency.”

The YPG has or­ganic or­ga­ni­za­tional and op­er­a­tional links with the PKK, a group con­sid­ered a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion by the U.S., the EU and Turkey. The YPG and PKK’s ul­ti­mate aim is to es­tab­lish an au­ton­o­mous re­gion in some parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

The power vac­uum sparked by the Syr­ian civil war gave the YPG an op­por­tu­nity to prac­ti­cally ap­ply its form of gov­er­nance and form com­munes as dic­tated by its ide­ol­ogy. Af­ter was Daesh cleared from the re­gion with the help of the U.S., the YPG tight­ened its grip on these ar­eas by estab­lish­ing nine com­mit­tees sim­i­lar to min­istries. More­over, the YPG last month formed a po­lit­i­cal en­tity called the Gen­eral Coun­cil of Self-Ad­min­is­tra­tion in north­ern and east­ern Syria, hint­ing to their au­ton­o­mous plans. In July and Au- gust, the YPG held talks with Da­m­as­cus in a bid to con­vince the regime to rec­og­nize an au­ton­o­mous ad­min­is­tra­tion in the north and east of Syria, sim­i­lar to the one in Iraq.

Mean­while, the U.S. con­tin­ues to de­liver arms to the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, trans­port­ing on Thurs­day 300 ar­mored cars to YPG forces, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial site of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment of Iraq. The U.S. has been giv­ing truck­loads of mil­i­tary sup­port and pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary train­ing to the YPG un­der the pre­text of fight­ing Daesh.

The U.S. back­ing of the YPG, which fa­cil­i­tated the group’s ef­forts to form an au­ton­o­mous re­gion, has strained re­la­tions with Turkey. In re­sponse to the YPG threat near its bor­ders, Turkey launched two cross-bor­der mil­i­tary cam­paigns in the past two years. In the wake of the con­tin­ued threat near the Turk­ish bor­der, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan vowed yes­ter­day to ex­pand Turkey’s mil­i­tary cam­paign into the much larger YPG ter­ri­tory east of the Euphrates.

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