The US Government acknowledged on Sunday that it air dropped small arms, ammunition, and medical supplies to rebels fighting ISIS in Kobani, Syria.
The Turkish President balked when asked if he supported the operation. Adding that “There has been talk of arming the PYD to form a front here against the Islamic State. For us, the PYD is the same as the PKK, it’s a terrorist organisation.”
This is why Erdogan has been reluctant to set up a land route through Turkey to help supply the fighters in Kobani with material as well as reinforcements. It’s worth noting that the corridor opened yesterday by Turkey is for Iraqi Kurdish fighters, the pesh merga, and still prohibits any Turks from crossing the border to fight in Kobani.
Here’s the kicker, though. The United States has, since 1997, also considered the PKK a foreign terrorist organization.
There’s no debate about whether the PYD is connected to the PKK. It’s merely the amount of collusion that’s an open question.
Therefore, the United States government is openly providing not only logistical support but also weapons to a group that, at the bare minimum, is affiliated with what the US considers a terrorist organization.