U.S. Reviewing ‘Adjustments’ In Arms for Kurdish Forces in Syria, Says Pentagon
The United States is reviewing “adjustments” in supplying arms for the Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Pentagon Spokesman, Eric Pahon, said the U.S. stopped short of halting weapons transfers, suggesting such decisions would be based on battlefield requirements, Reuters reported.
“We are reviewing pending adjustments to the military support provided to our Kurdish partners in as much as the military requirements of our defeat-ISIS and stabilization efforts will allow us to prevent ISIS from returning,” said Pahon.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led Coalition forces said on Sunday it was looking at “adjustments” to the support the coalition provides to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance formed in 2015 of Kurdish, Arab, Turkmen and Armenian fighters of which the YPG are a leading group.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that Trump had informed Ankara that the U.S. would no longer supply weapons to the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
White House said on Saturday that Trump spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday and told him of “pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria.”
Kurdish officials also said on Monday that the United States would "adjust" its delivery of weapons to the SDF, insisting that collaboration with Washington will "continue".
Earlier this year, the US began arming the SDF before an offensive to recapture Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
The Kurdish YPG and its allies have carved out autonomous regions in the north, and they now control nearly a quarter of Syria, which is threatening to Assad.