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UAE Intelligence Teams Allegedly Training Kurdish Armed Groups In Syria And Iraq

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UAE Intelligence Teams Allegedly Training Kurdish Armed Groups In Syria And Iraq

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The United Arab Emirates has allegedly had intelligence agents in northern Syria and Iraq working with YPG/PKK Kurdish militias over the past few years. Turkey and the UAE are also involved in bitter proxy wars in Libya, with reports over the last few months indicating that Turkey is also seeking to extend their destructive proxy war to Yemen.

Turkish news outlet Anadolu Agency has received information from multiple sources to the effect that after holding secret talks with Kurdish militants affiliated with the ‘People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) in 2017, the UAE has been sending intelligence teams to areas under their control since 2018.

Their missions include training the YPG militant groups in espionage, counter-espionage, sabotage, targeted assassinations, signals intelligence, information security and operating encrypted communication networks. According to the information, intelligence teams have been operating in Qamishli, Hasaka and Deir ez-Zor. LINK

The YPG – the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – is also receiving US support in an effort to encourage the group to declare autonomy and prevent them from reaching an accord with the Syrian Government. The Kurdish militants seized considerable swathes of land in the northern and eastern parts of Syria from the Takfiri Daesh terror group in 2017.

Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

The UAE has long been accused of sponsoring the Kurdish-denominated militant groups, which have been operating across Syria since 2011 and in Iraq since the armed insurgency of the PKK against the Turkish government began in the 1980s.

In June last year, an unspecified security source at the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) told the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper that the UAE had provided financial aid to PKK militants in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous region. There are many other reports of the UAE sending weapons and other assistance to Kurdish groups in northern Iraq. LINK

The proxy war between Turkey and the UAE has intensified and spread to new areas over the last year, the massive influx of weapons, armed fighters and also large numbers of Turkish military forces having a dramatic impact on the course of the ‘civil war’ in Syria and Libya in particular.

In Libya, following the influx of Turkish weapons and fighters late last year and early this year, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord launched major offensives which definitively ended the siege of Tripoli and pushed the Benghazi-based Libyan National Army back from most of the territory they captured during their offensives last year.

Early in October of 2019, Turkish armed forces and proxy militant groups launched a massive cross-border invasion of north eastern Syria in an attempt to push YPG militants away from border areas.

Two weeks after the invasion began, Turkey and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding demanding that YPG militants withdraw from a ‘safe zone’ declared by Turkey in north eastern Syria. Turkey has also had substantial ongoing military operations in northern Iraq for many years.

In addition to the participation of UAE, US and other NATO military and intelligence forces, the Saudis have also been heavily involved in the war in Syria for many years. In 2016 the Saudis sent troops and aircraft to Turkey, prompting speculation that the two countries were preparing for a possible ground mission in Syria.

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu subsequently confirmed the deployment declaring that it demonstrated a calibrated policy by the two states. Cavusoglu said that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have “always emphasised the need for an extensive result-oriented strategy in the fight against the Daesh (Isis) terrorist group…. Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation from the land.”

A report by The Independent commented at the time:

“But this is less to do with Isis and much more with the fact that Sunni rebels, backed by Saudis and the Turks, are rapidly losing ground to the forces of Bashar al-Assad, supported by a ferocious Russian air onslaught, Iranian ‘volunteers’ and fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah. There is added exasperation, from the Turkish point of view, that some of this territory is being taken over by Kurdish forces.

The Saudi defence minister and heir apparent to the throne, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, presented his country’s military plans in Syria to a summit of the US-led anti-Isis coalition at the Nato headquarters in Brussels last Thursday. He did not, according to diplomatic sources, mention sending troops and aircraft to Turkey to the US defence secretary Ash Carter and his fellow Western ministers…

The force led by the Saudis, with likely contributions from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, will, in Syria, find themselves in the same battlespace for the first time as the Iranians and Shia militias.” LINK

Although the Saudi participation in the ‘civil war’ in Syria hasn’t generally included the overt deployment of military personnel, late last week it was reported that around twenty Saudi soldiers had arrived at the US military base close to the oilfields in north eastern Syria.

At the end of last year, the Saudis also deployed ‘dozens’ of soldiers to Syria’s largest oilfield located in the eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor to protect a group of Saudi and Egyptian Aramco experts who arrived in the area the previous week. According to the Arabic service of the Anadolu Agency, local sources said that the Saudi soldiers that arrived last year at Al-Omar oil field travelled aboard helicopters, and that their arrival coincided with the arrival of around 30 trucks carrying drilling and digging machinery.

After announcing that the US was going to pull its remaining troops out of Syria in October last year, President Donald Trump was forced by the Pentagon and others to retract his decision and he subsequently said that some US troops would remain, supposedly to protect Syrian oil fields from ISIS but also to exploit them.

It is understood that the illegal exploitation of Syria’s oilfields will be arranged through contracts signed between Aramco and the US government, whose armed forces have steadily been increasing their military presence around the oil fields. LINK

The US military remains in control of the oil and gas fields in the Deir Ezzor region, with approximately 500 heavily armed troops in several bases scattered throughout north eastern Syria. LINK

Several days ago, the arrival of another large US military convoy to the northeast of Syria from neighbouring Iraq was reported:

“SOHR activists have monitored nearly 50 trucks affiliated to the International Coalition crossing into Syria today, via Al-Walid border crossing with Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The trucks, carrying military and logistical supplies, headed to Tal Baydar military base in the north-western countryside of Al-Hasakah.

On August 22, Observatory activists monitored a US military convoy crossing into Syria, via Al-Walid border crossing with Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The convoy, comprised several military armoured vehicles and 40 trucks carrying tanks, military and logistical supplies, headed to Al-Shaddadi base and other military bases in Al-Hasakah province.” LINK

The Syrian government, which has not authorised the US military presence within its territory, has repeatedly accused the US of plundering the country’s oil resources and has registered a formal complaint with the UN Security Council, however the latter is powerless to investigate or take any action on the matter given the US veto on all decisions.


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Wahhabis and Ziojew terrorist scum are joined at the hip as the abortions of British imperial Ziocorporate globalism and history designing they are, and Kurds have been a mainstay of their Great Game schemes since the XIX century.

If UEA isn’t going to pay Syria at least $200 billion for all the death, chaos and destruction they caused as part of the NATO-led ISIS/al-Qaeda invasion of Syria, then having their embassy in Damascus is a waste of public space that should better be repurposed as a public toilet. The SAA should not intervene the next time Turks bomb the Kurdish filth.

Fog of War

The UAE emcassy in Syria is a den of spies, they’re pretending to be friendly but we know who they work with at this point. Syria got fooled and should immediately close the UAE outpost.

Jens Holm

Who is Syria???? Syria should pay themself for the 5 million refugees not eve in the country.

Assads not even wonder why.

Its primitivisme You and others after many years has seen people which dont like You for good reasons are the majority of the arabs and affiliated. Most of them are muslims too.

Servet Köseoğlu

they were already training..after the agreement with israel under the shield of usa..they started to announce officially..


Erdogan has lost Israel, he himself destroyed the relations between the countries with his own hands. I don’t hate Turkey, but since the UAE has signed a peace deal with us then I am on their side.

Servet Köseoğlu

ı am good..trade is still going between countries…its his rhetoric nothing more..


your people only have peace amongst thyselves. You’ll stab your allies in the back the moment it suits you


I hope you hate me, I would be ashamed of myself if zio scum like you even liked me a little


I don’t really care what you think, and I don’t try to make people like me.

Jens Holm

You as a victim is a very good joke:) In their commercials they use people like You for soap which dont work and people buy their version.


yeah yeah, fuck off troll.

Jens Holm

Its a good start to have peace among Your won. Many couldneed that.I make no names.

And Israel do have friends and a lot of “non enemies”.

So how is it,where You are.


you really need to write some incomprehensible nonsense on everything I post do you? If you are trying to make me feel like all my writing efforts are in vain, you’re doing a damn good job

Jens Holm

I read for all and just comment Yours. People should know others has other oppinions and they often are better and better based then Yours.

And yes: As long as You write crap I will comment it. One thing is people can agree but crap should not be here as Your many timewasters.

Isnt it true its a good thing people in a country united pr definition never kill each other? I think so. Even in Denmark with a relative low killing rate, I think we could need that.


jens, take your meds m8


Tell bibi to attack iran now.Anyway I hope you don’t trust UAE and always are cautious.These Arab assholes are treacherous.


Thanks Paul, I wish things were up to me. I actually think the UAE are honest in their intentions, unlike Egypt or Jordan it will be a warm peace I’m sure of it.

Jens Holm

The Israeleians usually are on vacasion when Iraniens clean up after fires.


Is it really nothing happen anywhere around the globe… How is this news-worthy or relevant? Who gives fuck about 3rd rate military like UAE “training” somebody ?!


It tells the world who is supporting and training the kurds …. or more importantly who’s paying for and supporting a Kurdish state carved out of Syria, iran and iraq. It’s important to me because every power in the world has an interest in this region so it’s a likely flashpoint for a major conflict.

What other reason is there to follow this website?


Like you didn’t know who is supporting them till now?! OK if you say so…


lol….good one HiaNd

Jens Holm

UAE is a very small player in this. If they really was there being big kurdish cirrency was domination and not the lousy socalled money people use there now:)


It’s information … things change over time.

If I had the same attitude you do and figured I know everything and din’t need more information then Nixon would still be in the White House and the USA would be on track to win the Vietnam war.


Nixon is not President????!!!!!! Really?!?!?!!

Jens Holm

Assads carved millions out of a state and made it into a private property.

And again in a very hotile way You write Kurds and supporters are the problem. Its not. Them and the extremists are the results of the stupid political solutions in Syria, Iraq, Tyrkey and Iran.

No wonder so many Kurds and so many million others want to be at least a litlle more themself.

Jens Holm

I and they do. As second choise they never could have reached that far that fast with no helpers. I am sure other countries has contributed and we see, they by that has done well for their seize.

UAE is just one of several.


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Very informative article. Great background of the situation. Poor Syria. Pres. Trump stated the Arabs would come in. Turks got screwed. World Domination for Israel. IMF. Now can Iran maintain. My country who is run by the Jews in both parties has secured a deal. Follow the money. Over throw every country who does not comply. U.N. World Domination. What is Syria going to do? Syria was winning at one point. Don’t expect Pres. Assad in office much longer. Russia will not interfere. Sad.

Jens Holm

Its not follow the money. It learning to see who makes some and which insist in not and even demanding many of them.


Who is suppose to remove Assad?! You Americans and your conspiracy UN bollocks! UN has no competence to remove or impose President of any country! If your shit country US could have removed Assad they would do that long time ago!

You have no clue like majority of Americans, Assad is going nowhere as long as Russia is there.

Tom Tom

The U.S. has been doing the same in Ukraine for years. Bill Taylor, ambassador to Ukraine, was heavily involved.

Jens Holm

As a Scout we were learned to “be prepared”.

My armchair has a seatbekt and it works. I didnt fall to the carpet laughing but only was ha ha ha apart from a few bugs landed in my mouth drinking beer on my tounge:)

Willing Conscience (The Truths

“After announcing that the US was going to pull its remaining troops out of Syria in October last year, President Donald Trump was forced by the Pentagon and others to retract his decision and he subsequently said that some US troops would remain, supposedly to protect Syrian oil fields from ISIS but also to exploit them.”

The US don’t want the oil for themselves, they just want to keep it out of Erdogan’s hands.


nah they use the proceeds to pay the kurds in the shape of sdf and as long as sdf is a working entity it’s beneficial for the jews.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

True but at least the Turks can’t get their hands on it for now, and Assad has more chance of getting it back from them than he does the Turks.


and what can the uae poncies learn the kurds – nothing so it’s just another situation where the jews (soon to be extinct) have found another useful idiot to do the work they themselves are too cowardly to do.

Traiano Welcome

An example of the blind leading the stupid …

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