A video has appeared online showing fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) kicking and stomping on two Arabs captured near Raqqa. LINK TO THE VIDEO
The YPG member sits on a metal chair and one of the detainees is lying prone under it. The chair’s leg braces are grinding into the captive’s back. Another YPG member is seen stomping on the back of the second captive. It is not known what the fighter with the knife did after the camera was stopped.
The video shows how some YPG members question Arab denainees from the Raqqah province. YPG members ask them info about ISIS fighters.
The YPG is a part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) currently storming the ISIS-held city of Raqqah. While the mainstream media argues that the SDF is dominated by Arab units. Experts and anybody who follow the Syrian conflict know that the YPG and its female version YPJ are the core of the SDF.
The US-led international coalition said it is investigating. Turkish media argued that the video was taken at the end of May in the Mansura area west of Raqqah.
In any case, the incident at least partly confirms constant reports appearing in pro-opposition media arguing that tensions between the Kurdish-dominated SDF and local Arabs have been growing since the US-backed storm of Raqqah started.