Security Risk Seen in Foreign Recruits Fighting for Kurds in Syria

By Jamie Dettmer, Voice of America

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An influential London think tank is urging the British government to stop Britons from enlisting with a Western-backed Kurdish militia in Syria that’s battling the Islamic State terror group on the ground that it, too, is a terrorist organisation.

The Henry Jackson Society warns in a study released Thursday that the militia, known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, is a “subsidiary” of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a separatist movement designated a terrorist organisation by both the European Union and the United States.

YPG leaders have insisted they are not connected to the PKK or guided by its leaders, who are based mainly in the Qandil Mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. But the think tank argues, “It is clear that the YPG leadership answers, in matters large and small, to the PKK leaders.”

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