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US-backed Kurdish fighters follow in footsteps of WWII Marine Raiders with homemade sniper rifle | MilitaryTimes

US-backed Kurdish fighters follow in footsteps of WWII Marine Raiders with homemade sniper rifle | MilitaryTimes

U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters known as the People’s Protection Unit, or YPG, are fielding a monster-sized 12.7 mm homemade sniper rifle pieced together from other weapons.

The innovative rifle, commonly called the Zagros rifle, employed by the Kurdish militants highlights the limited arms and weapons the group actually has in its fight against ISIS in Syria.

The U.S. decision to arm the Kurdish fighters drew the ire of NATO ally Turkey because of the group’s alleged association with the internationally designated terrorist group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

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