America’s Favorite Syrian Militia Rules With an Iron Fist
Source: The Nation
The Kurdish YPG recruits fighters at gunpoint, assassinates political opponents, and suppresses the media.
—The raid began at 3 Erbil, Iraqam in a Syrian village close to the Iraqi border. Kurdish-led military police, many masked, piled out of their pickup trucks, set up roadblocks, drew their weapons, and launched a house-to-house search.
It was America’s favorite Syrian militia, the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, at work. Top figures in the Obama administration and even the professional military praised the YPG as the most effective Syrian force against the Islamic State, or ISIS. (The Trump administration hasn’t yet indicated how it plans to work with the YPG.)