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US troops in Syria to remove Kurdish insignia after Ankara outburst

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US troops in Syria to remove Kurdish insignia after Ankara outburst

<p>Turkey has accused the United States of being two-faced for continuing to support the <span class="caps">YPG</span>, a Kurdish militia group fighting in Syria. <b></b><br /> Turkey regards the <span class="caps">YPG</span> as the Syrian arm of the <span class="caps">PKK</span>, considered a terrorist group by both the US and Ankara. <b></b><br /> To add further fuel to the fire US troops have been seen wearing <span class="caps">YPG</span> insignia. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">DoD orders US troops in Syria to stop wearing Kurdish <span class="caps">YPG</span> militia patch<a href="https://t.co/puXv7PTJLn">https://t.co/puXv7PTJLn</a> <a href="https://t.co/NP3hYIlgAZ">pic.twitter.com/NP3hYIlgAZ</a></p>— Andrew Tilghman (<code>andrewtilghman) <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewtilghman/status/736263571710038016">27 mai 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> Col. Steven Warren, from Operation Inherent Resolve, said the problem has been resolved: "The fact of the matter is, you know, it's not authorised. So in this case, you know, they were directed to remove the patches. As far as any additional reprimands or anything like that, I'm not aware. But, the bottom line and the important thing is, that the situation's been corrected, and that we have communicated to our allies that such conduct was inappropriate and it was unauthorised." <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Turkey slams US after US soldier pictured wearing YPG uniform in Syria <a href="https://t.co/KalHtw0LbH">https://t.co/KalHtw0LbH</a> <a href="https://t.co/sYJcrXT7jp">pic.twitter.com/sYJcrXT7jp</a></p>&mdash; Middle East Eye (</code>MiddleEastEye) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiddleEastEye/status/736161562671632384">27 mai 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b><br /> The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu vented his country’s anger: “Our suggestion to them is that they should also wear Daesh, al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda insignias during their operations in other regions of Syria. They can also wear the Boko Haram insignia when they go to Africa, but they don`t see <span class="caps">YPG</span> in the same way as the other terrorist groups.” <b></b><br /> The <span class="caps">YPG</span> is the most powerful Kurdish Syrian militia backed by the US, currently engaged in fighting <span class="caps">ISIL</span> close to the groups de-facto capital Raqqa.</p>