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Syrian Kurds say US discussing arms supplies in direct talks

By Rudaw 19/10/2014
A jet fighter takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George Bush in the Gulf. US fighters have been bombing ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. Photo: AFP.
A jet fighter takes off from the aircraft carrier USS George Bush in the Gulf. US fighters have been bombing ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. Photo: AFP.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – US officials have been holding direct talks with leaders of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) about arming its fighters in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

PYD spokesman Nawaf Xelil told the Arabic Asharq Al-Awsat daily that arms supplies for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the group’s military wing, were discussed at a meeting in Paris a week ago. He said that talks between the two sides continued in Duhok on Thursday.

“the subject of arming Syrian Kurds was discussed” the newspaper quoted Xelil as saying.

 He added that at the Duhok meeting, a US delegation and PYD leaders had discussed Western and Arab support for the YPG.

“They spoke about sending military support to the Kurds in Kobane,” Xelil told Asharq Al-Awsat.  He said the PYD and the US had started their talks two years ago but that Washington had kept the issue under the radar “in order not to upset Turkey.”

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed Thursday that US officials had met with the PYD, but did not say where or what was discussed.

Meanwhile, Muslim arrived in the Kurdistan Region last week, where he discussed with President Massoud Barzani the situation in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and the ongoing war in Kobane between YPG fighters and ISIS militants.

Ibrahim Biro, secretary-general of the Union Kurdish Party in Syria told Rudaw last week that his and other Kurdish groups had met with the US ambassador in Ankara about potential US and international support for the Kurds in Rojava.

“They (US) mean to bring together the Syrian opposition, but they also know that Syrian Kurdistan is different,” said Biro. “So they said that in order to receive support, the Kurdish groups have to work together.”

At a wide-ranging meeting between Syrian Kurdish groups is ongoing in Duhok, the groups are discussing the possible formation of a joint force for the defense of Kurdish areas.

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gobble gobble | 19/10/2014
Haha USA is teaching the thanksgiving turkey a lesson. "We have the second greatest army in the NATO BH bla bla bla" Let's see how strong your army is when the war spreads to the streets of Constantinople.
Ziad | 19/10/2014
Haha uppset Turkey who care about Turkey.. Turkey i Done your time is over.. Bjj kurdistan
Remember Kobane | 19/10/2014
Finally! Do it, and do it soon. Also, send food and water!
Muraz Adzhoev | 19/10/2014
All the Kurdish groups, organizations and parties from all parts of the geographical and historical Greater Kurdistan should respect and accept the leadership of the President of Southern Kurdistan in the joint national liberation movement. Separate talks with other states can not be affordable at all. All steps should be taken in full coordination with the President of the Kurdistan Region as soon as Mr. Barzani declares independence of Southern Kurdistan.
mike3121 | 19/10/2014
Turkey is very close to getting thrown out of NATO. If the US didn't have such an inept government and president they would have long ago told Turkey to take a hike. As for this last bit of support from a "NATO ally," some drone support (they probably is costing us billions); it's nothing. Turkey has never come to the aid of it's NATO members and if they thumb their nose at NATO obligations once more they will be tossed out.

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