US starts delivering arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks at a joint press conference in Ankara with the Slovenian FM on Wednesday

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks at a joint press conference in Ankara with the Slovenian FM on Wednesday

It marks the beginning of a campaign to better equip Kurdish allies that the US -led coalition believes are the best fighting force against the Islamic State, even though arming them has infuriated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey.

Currently, the US -led coalition against the IS is backing the SDF, comprised of mostly the People's Protection Units (YPG) Kurds and some local Arabs.

The operation had the dual goals of targeting IS and the Kurdish militia, particularly to prevent the YPG from controlling a contiguous strip of territory along the Syria-Turkey border.

The U.S.is supplying affiliated rebel groups in southern Syria with more weapons and support, in light of a new push by Iranian proxies toward their area of operations, Reuters reported.

They said the United States would not provide artillery or surface-to-air missiles.

The weapons include AK-47s and small-caliber machine guns, Rankine-Galloway added. More than $200 million in armaments were earmarked for the Kurds and left behind in the Iraqi capital when Obama withdrew all USA troops in 2011.

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Putin had supported Macron's opponent, Marine Le Pen , and received the nationalist at the Kremlin during her campaign. This was the latest diplomatic test for Mr Macron since his election two weeks ago .

The coalition could have worked closer with the Iraqi government to ensure the weapons were accounted for, said Patrick Wilcken, a researcher with Amnesty and an author of the report.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the shelling took place shortly before sundown as residents were preparing to break their daytime fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

U.S. military officials have said the supplies and weapons will be parceled out to be just enough to accomplish specific objectives related to efforts to retake Raqqa from ISIS. At the Tanf military camp near the Jordanian border, US special operations forces have been working with a Syrian opposition group in operations against IS. The coalition has shared intelligence with the unit and conducted airstrikes to facilitate their military operations. Amid the chaos of the Syrian civil war, the Kurds have already created an autonomous Kurdish zone in northern Syria.

Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.The United States regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria. The Kurds have rejected the claims.

"We can't destroy one terrorist group with another one".

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