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SOCOM Commander: U.S. asked YPG to re-brand because of alleged terrorist link | Military Times
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SOCOM Commander: U.S. asked YPG to re-brand because of alleged terrorist link | Military Times

WASHINGTON — Speaking on a panel at the Aspen Security Forum, Gen. Raymond Thomas, the commander of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said the U.S. asked the People’s Protection Unit, or YPG, to re-brand because of its alleged linkages to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), an internationally designated terrorist group.

“We literally replied back to them and said you got to change your brand,” Thomas said.

The SOCOM commander was responding to questions from Catherine Herridge, chief intelligence correspondent for Fox News, about how the U.S. military finds partner forces in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS are currently called the Syrian Democratic Forces, but they were “formerly called the YPG,” Thomas said during the interview.

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