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    Erdogan Slams US Forces for Wearing Patches of Syrian Kurdish Fighters

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized on Saturday the fact that the patches of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) were noticed on the US servicemen, who support Syria's militias in their struggle against Daesh terrorist group.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier this week, media outlets have distributed photos taken in Syria near Daesh-occupied city of Raqqa, which depicted at least one of the US soldiers wearing a YPG patch.

    "I am someone who believes that politics should be conducted honestly. Therefore, our allies, those who are with us in NATO, cannot and should not send their own soldiers to Syria, with insignias of the YPG," Erdogan said, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News.

    Ankara could reveal the information, proving that YPG was a terrorist organization, he added.

    Turkey claims the YPG is an ally of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a separatist movement fighting for Kurdish self-determination in the southeast of the country.

    At the same time, Washington has no intention to designate YPG as a terrorist group and support the Kurdish fighters in their operations against Daesh.

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