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Trump OKs arms for Syrian Kurds, despite Turkish objections

Australia continues commitment to counter Daesh Trump OKs arms for Syrian Kurds, despite Turkish objections
Elaine Woods | 10 May, 2017, 03:49

Just days after the Turkish defense minister's visit to Washington, almost two-dozen Turkish jets bombed three areas in northeast Syria and Iraq, killing roughly 20 members of the Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG.

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

Neither the Trump administration nor the Barack Obama administration before it had made any secret of its intention to give the Syrian Kurds a primary role in isolating Raqqa leading up to the planned offensive.

A top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that USA troops could be hit by Turkish missiles if they stay in the region alongside the Kurdish fighters.

The US official said several administration brass, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, talked to Turkish interlocutors Tuesday to explain the US decision.

The Pentagon defended Trump's decision, claiming the SDF are the only ground force available that is capable of retaking Raqqa, ISIS's de facto capital.

There has been wide support from senior USA military officials to provide direct arms to Syrian Kurdish forces, but sensitivities about Turkish opposition has delayed such a decision.

The Syrian regimes actions and policies, including with respect to chemical and biological weapons, supporting terrorist organisations, and obstructing the Lebanese governments ability to function effectively, continue to foster the rise of extremism and sectarianism and pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, Trump said.

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The committee said the deal "was concluded without the Syrian people" and "lacks the minimum basics of legitimacy". Syrian, Russian, Turkish and USA -led coalition aircraft operate in different, sometimes same areas in Syria.

"We're keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partners in Turkey", said White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday.

But a group of Kurdish fighters, commonly referred to as the People's Protection Units or YPG, is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, another US ally fighting ISIS. "We're going to sort it out, we'll figure out how to do it, but we're all committed to it".

"Our intent is to work with the Turks alongside one another to take Raqqa down, " Mattis said during a news conference in Denmark.

Mattis, speaking before the announcement to reporters in Denmark and after talks with coalition members, sounded upbeat about working through tensions with Ankara. "NATO allies stick together, " he said.

Turkey has long considered the YPG an extension of the PKK, a Kurdish insurgent group which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey killing tens of thousands of civilians.

While the Pentagon's statement did not mention the kinds of arms to be provided to the Kurds, other officials had indicated in recent days that 120mm mortars, machines guns, ammunition and light armored vehicles were possibilities.

As many as 1,000 U.S. troops are working alongside the SDF inside Syria. Adrian Rankine-Galloway replied, "We encourage all forces to remain focused on the Defeat-ISIS fight and concentrate their efforts on ISIS".

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