U.S. to Arm Syrian Kurds

U.S. To Arm Kurds In Syria Despite Turkish OppositionMore

US-backed militants, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have fully captured the city of Tabqa and a nearby dam from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is expected to meet Trump in Washington next week.

The Kurdish YPG militia meanwhile welcomed the US decision to arm its forces in the battle against Islamic State in Syria, saying this would be a significant boost in the war against terrorism.

"I hope very much that this mistake will be reversed immediately", Erdogan said in Ankara alongside Sierra Leone counterpart Ernest Bai Koroma.

"I will personally express our worries in a detailed way when we talk with President Trump on May 16", he added, saying North Atlantic Treaty Organisation s Brussels summit on May 25 would also tackle the issue.

But the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, of SDF, which has driven IS from much of northern Syria over the past two years with the help of US -led airstrikes, are among the most effective ground forces battling the extremists. "We hope the USA administration will put a stop to this wrong and turn back from it", he said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber.

Earlier, Turkey's defense minister called the USA decision a "crisis" between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The Syrian Kurdish group labeled a terror organization by Turkey is hailing the USA decision to arm it with heavy weapons to fight the Islamic State group.

The U.S. announced Tuesday that it would arm Syrian Kurdish fighters as a necessary step to recapture the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

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As is already known, and as a top USA commander has mistakenly let slip, the YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the outlawed PKK, which is responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Turkey.

According to the New York Times, the delegation was informed of the decision to arm the YPG by Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

The U.S. has, however, used the PKK/PYD as its ally in Syria to help combat Daesh despite repeatedly demands by Ankara for Washington to end its ties to the PKK/PYD. "In the past, Turkey has warned that arming the YPG could lead to "negative consequences" for the United States, implying they could limit the use of Incirlik air base".

"Such a policy will not be beneficial", said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli to the Turkish broadcaster A Haber.

Ilham Ahmed, a top official in the Syrian Democratic Forces' political office, said the decision to provide heavier arms carries "political meaning" and "legitimises the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces".

However, the Syrian Kurdish group labelled a terror organisation by Turkey hailed the USA decision to arm it with heavy weapons to fight IS.

That is because, to the Turkish government, the YPG is not an ally, but a terrorist group - Ankara considers the group the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which launched an armed insurgency against the Turkish government in 1984 and has been responsible for violent acts since.

Reports indicate that Defense Secretary James Mattis approved the move following a request from U.S. Central Command.

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