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US holds first direct talks with PYD

By Yerevan Saeed 17/10/2014
The Peoples Protection Units (YG) has been locked in a fierce battle with Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane for a month. Photo: YPG media
The Peoples Protection Units (YG) has been locked in a fierce battle with Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane for a month. Photo: YPG media
WASHINGTON—The United States held direct talks with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) for the first time over the weekend, US State Department spokesperson said on Thursday.

“We have for some time had conversations through intermediaries with the PYD. We have engaged over the course of just last weekend with the PYD,” Jen Psaki told reporters.

The PYD is the dominant Kurdish party in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) led by Salih Muslim.

Psaki said that the talks between the US government and PYD had taken place outside the region without providing further details.

PYD’s armed wing, the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) has been locked in a fierce battle with Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane for a month.

The news of talks between the US and PYD come a day after US jets conducted an intensive round of air strikes against IS positions in and around Kobane.

Meanwhile, PYD leader Salih Muslim is holding talks with leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan and other Kurdish parties over the status of Rojava’s autonomous cantons and the defense of Kobane and other PYD-held territories.


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Robert Shaw | 17/10/2014
Great, another marxist godless terrorist cell we can finance
Mariachi | 17/10/2014
Friends bring you air strike support. Good friends bring you weapons. M2010 Win Mag .300
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M Gonzales | 17/10/2014
LOL Turkeys going to have a cow and they cant do a thing about it. They may be a superpower in the region but compaired to America they are nothing. What are they going to do, use their 200 plus jets on the U.S vs our 2000 plus jets? We'll kick em out of Nato and make sure they are not in the EU by pressure. Turkey is really making a mess for themselfs with their Kurd paranoia. Now on the flip side, the PYD needs too ease up on their leftist domination, that does not go over very well America. If the PYD play's it's cards right they will find themselfs in the U.S's good gracious same as the Iraqi kurds are. The ball is in the PYD's court for better or worse.
Mr G | 17/10/2014
Excellent news.
United Kurds | 17/10/2014
Now Pyd and the US have started making sense. The US and KRG were deceived by Turkey to stifle Rojava and Kurdish struggle in general. Why? if PKK somehow gets a legal ground in the Middle East politics Turkey will loose two things. 1- the war against the Bakur and the Kurds in general. 2- western and especially the US support. To prevent this happening TC trained and used IS elements in FSA and supported them with everything. Now the whole world knows what is hidden under Turkey's democracy facade. PYD PKK KDP PUK all Kurdish parties have to do smart politics with Kurds and Kurdistan in their mind. The whole world knows and we have proved and proving that we are the only people in the Middle East who really want democracy for all in Kurdistan. I am a PKK supporter but PKK has to restructure their political parties according to 1st century and stop using the same old Cold War era rhetoric. PKK media and others must invite cross party members, show news about other parties. KNK have do professional lobbying in every country for all of Kurdistan not as unprofessional voluntary work. Kobane and Shengal have taught us an expensive lesson. We Kurds must demand from our parties 1 military ( no KDP PUK pesmerge, PYD Ypg) 1 flag, 1national conference.
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