BOMBING IN ANKARA HIGHLIGHTS LINK BETWEEN PKK AND PYD / by Michelle Ryan

Involvement of the Syrian Party for Democratic Unity (PYD) and its military branch, the People’s Protection Forces (YPG), emphasizes an escalation in geopolitical tensions regarding the Kurdish independence movement, the Syrian civil war, and the international campaign against the Islamic State. The PYD is considered an ally of the United States against the Islamic State, and is  aligned with Russia against other Syrian rebel groups that are targeting the Assad Regime.