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US begins arming Syrian Kurdish fighters for Raqqa assault | Stripes
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US begins arming Syrian Kurdish fighters for Raqqa assault | Stripes

The United States began providing weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters for the first time Tuesday, a Pentagon official said, equipping the group to participate in the impending assault on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa despite objections from American ally Turkey.

The United States started distributing rifles, ammunition and vehicles to the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit, known as the YPG, about three weeks after President Donald Trump approved arming the group, said Eric Pahon, a spokesman for the Defense Department. The YPG make up about half of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.-backed militia force charged with destroying ISIS in Syria.

Source: US begins arming Syrian Kurdish fighters for Raqqa assault – Stripes