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The PKK is a terrorist organization recognized by NATO and the EU. The PKK controls 80% of the narcotics market in Europe. Turkey is directly affected by the PKK’s drug network due to its geographical location and young population, while it's also used by the group as a transit country. The PKK earns $1.5 billion annually from heroin production in northern Iraq. The PKK is involved in each and every stage of narcotics trade, from raw production of drugs to distillation in Iraq and sale in Europe. The PKK generates an income of 3 billion Turkish Liras from cigarette smuggling and earns $ 100 million through human trafficking. According to the report of the OECD Financial Task Action Group, 14% of these funds the PKK obtains from smuggling is via commercial transactions, 13% is via purchasing real estate, and 4% is laundered via physical transfer methods abroad. Thus through smuggling, the PKK has a larger income than most small states have. The PKK also generates income through extortion, illegal immigration, human trafficking, money laundering and prostitution rackets. Revenue is also raised by collecting ‘taxes’, through voluntary means or coercion, from Kurdish diaspora communities around the world. The PKK is also kidnapping Kurdish children in order to train them as child soldiers, which is a violation of international law. The PKK has been responsible for the deaths of many Kurds and Turks. They've committed many terrorist attacks on the civilian population.
The YPG has been a systematic violator of human rights in the area it controls in northern Syria. They caused the displacement of tens of thousands of Arabs and even more massive flight by Kurds from the region. They evicted Arabs from their homes at gunpoint starting in 2013 and have blown up, torched, or bulldozed their homes and villages. The pace of the expulsions picked up dramatically after the US began joint operations against the IS in Syria in mid-2015, as the YPG threatened Arabs with air strikes if they did not leave their villages. At least 200,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey instead of submitting to forced conscription and political repression by the YPG. The YPG is the Syrian wing of the PKK and therefore is a terrorist organization. They recruit children and force them to fight for them, which is a violation of international law. There is no difference between the YPG and the PKK, as they share the same leadership, ideology, and organizational links. This is a fact that has been admitted by PYD terrorists.
“Any support to the PYD means support for the PKK,” Barzani told Al-Monitor. “They are exactly one and the same thing,” added the KRG leader.
The U.S. considers the YPG forces an effective ally on the ground against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria. Barzani spoke to Al-Monitor in the KRG capital Erbil.
Asked if the U.S. believed that the PYD and the PKK are the same, Barzani responded, “They know very well, but they don’t want to say they know very well. … You know the top priority for us and the Americans is the fight against [ISIL], so they might turn a blind eye.”
The SDF is only a new name for the YPG and the YPG is known for its link with the PKK. This makes all three of them terrorist organizations. What you see here is the same product with a different brand name. /watch?v=FDSzxprirqk
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the terrorist Zind Ruken explained the PKK-YPG relationship. “Sometimes I’m a PKK, sometimes I’m a PJAK [the PKK-allied affiliate, active in Iran], sometimes I’m a YPG. It doesn’t really matter. They are all members of the PKK.”
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