US assists in medical training for YPG/PKK terrorists

UMMATIMES - US Central Command (CENTCOM) said it was providing medical training for YPG/PKK terrorists -- using the SDF name -- guarding oil facilities in the occupied territories.

“Paramedics with 1st Battalion of the Alabama National Guard, 173rd Infantry Regiment (Task Force War Club) together with Soldiers from United States Army 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment held a medical class for members of the Syrian Guards Critical Oil Infrastructure (SDF) (CPIG) at CPIG Academy in May 2021," CENTCOM said on its website.

The YPG/PKK terror group uses the acronym SDF, which consists of Kurdish and Arab fighters who claim to fight ISIS/Daesh, as a way to receive international support.

The US-backed SDF is spearheaded by the YPG, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK. The PKK is a designated terrorist organization by the US, Turkey and the European Union. Washington's support for its Syrian affiliate has created major strains in relations with Ankara.

CENTCOM says the group is responsible for protecting oil infrastructure in eastern Syria. "TF War Club medics teach trauma-injury-focused lifesaving interventions and techniques to CPIG Academy members," said CENTCOM.

"Medical teaches survival techniques, dressing wounds, giving bandages, to overcoming wounds."

Those who complete the training are given a training certificate. CENTCOM also added that the War Club Task Force was deployed in the CENTCOM region to support Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield anti-Daesh/ISIS, which carry out different missions in the Middle East.