Trump freezes funds for areas occupied by PKK/YPG terror group in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport, Florida, US for the Easter weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach March 29, 2018. (Reuters)

(TRT News) – Trump called for the freeze after reading a news report that the US had recently committed an additional $200 million to stabilize areas recaptured from Daesh, according to Wall Street Journal.

US President Donald Trump has ordered the State Department to freeze more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria’s YPG/PKK terrorist-held areas, Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday, citing a report.

The US has been supporting the YPG in Syria for several years, a strategy that has driven a wedge between the US and its NATO ally, Turkey, which views the group as a direct threat to Turkey’s national security and the Syrian wing of the PKK.

PKK is a designated terror organisation by Turkey and the US and has been fighting the Turkish state for more than 30 years.

US officials also told the Wall Street Journal that the Trump administration “reassesses Washington’s broader role in the protracted conflict there.”

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Source: News Now | TRT World

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.