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Over 100 trucks loaded with US arms, ammo arrive in Syria’s Rojava - Turkish media

By Rudaw 24/5/2017
US armored vehicles lead a convoy of vehicles with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in early May. Photo: Rudaw
US armored vehicles lead a convoy of vehicles with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in early May. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— A new batch of US arms and ammunition has arrived in the Kurdish controlled city of Hasaka, second such shipment in two months, Turkish media reported Tuesday.

The shipment, loaded on trucks and military vehicles, consisted of anti tank weapons, MK19, M4 Cabrine, M16 and Humwees and crossed the Semelka border into Syria from the Kurdistan Region on two separate occasions, May 15 and May 20, the media reports said. The US-led coaltion and the SDF haven't yet announced the delivery.


According to multiple Turkish media outlets, the shipments were delivered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group which also includes the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

 

US President Donald Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish fighters — an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS. 

The Pentagon has said the move is significant because it supports the notion that the SDF is the fighting force that will eventually go in to Raqqa city in Syria's center which has been under ISIS control since 2014. 

The move reinforces the idea that the entire Syrian Democratic Force, Syrian Kurds (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Coalition, has the backing of the U.S. 

"The (Syrian Democratic Force), partnered with enabling support from U.S. and coalition forces, are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement on May 8 after signing the deal to arm the SDF.

No final dates have been set for the Raqqa offensive yet.

Turkey, a key US ally, sees YPG as a “terrorist” organisation and has vehemently opposed Washington's intentions to include the Kurdish group in the operation. Ankara has instead proposed using the formation of Syrian rebel factions under the umbrella of its Euphrates Shield operation to launch the offensive.

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 24/5/2017
After the afternoon of the 16th, outside the residence of the Turkish Ambassador in Washington, I am ready to label the present Government of Turkey a terrorist organization. It is only a matter of time before Erdogan gives orders which result in the deaths of Americans.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 24/5/2017
If the PKK hadn't done Erdogan's bidding and started the war again in 2015, we could be arming it today, as we are the YPG. --- (Yeah, I know that sounds screwball, but mull over the possibilities.)
The Kurdish Boy | 24/5/2017
This is great
Guest | 24/5/2017
I am waiting to hear very soon, in one of these days, that Turkish president Erdogan (out of anger and sadness) either has hanged himself or has died of a massive heart attack.
Hejar | 25/5/2017
Ankara can go **** itself. Kurdistan is rising and genocidal Turkey will be next. Erdogan is learning the hard way that the only people he has influence over are brainless and fascist slimeballs in Turkey. YPG and PKK are freedom fighters supported by millions, and now also by some very powerful people.
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