The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) struck a deal with ISIS in order to free 7 US soliders, who had been captured by the terrorist group earlier, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on November 5 citing “local sources”.
“In Syria’s oil-rich eastern Deir ez-Zor province, the U.S. soldiers were detained in September during a clash between Daesh [ISIS] and the U.S.-backed YPG/PKK, the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to security concerns.
With the help of local elements, Daesh [ISIS] and the YPG/PKK began negotiating on Sept. 28 over getting the soldiers back, the sources claimed.
Daesh [ISIS] pressed the YPG/PKK to withdraw from some oil wells including Azraq and allow the entry of some medical supplies as well as food items in some areas in return for releasing the U.S. troops.
Under the deal between the two terrorist groups, the YPG/PKK withdrew from the wells and the U.S. got its soldiers. The medical supplies and food items have not been sent yet, according to the sources,” Anadolu Agency claimed in its article.
According to the report, U.S. Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.-led international coalition, denied the claims that ISIS had captured seven US troops. Furthermore, he claimed that the US-led coalition “is not involved in any deal with ISIS.” The claims that the US-led coalition makes no deals with ISIS, while it had oepnly admitted making such deals in Manbij and Raqqah as well as made a deal with ISIS in al-Tabqah.
This fact was also adressed by Anadolu Agency, which quoted Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon, who confirmed the ISIS evacuation from Raqqah on October 12, 2017.
“The central priority here was the protection of civilian lives and the arrangement was reached by our partners and their local affiliates,” he told Anadolu Agency at the time.
In general, the Turkish state media has avoided to adress the doublefaced policy of the US-led coalition towards ISIS in Syria. However, the recent remarks by Anadolu Agency show that the tensions between Washginton and Ankara are groiwng in both diplomatic and media spheres.