US Armament of Anti-Isis Syrian Kurdish Continue, Says SDF Official
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied on Tuesday (November 28) that there is a halt into the Washington armament of Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (ISIS), saying they were provided with weapons by the US the day before.
The US continues to supply the SDF with arms and sent on Monday (November 27) hundreds of trucks loaded with heavy armament for the Deir Ezzor operation, an SDF representative responsible for external relations, Abdulaziz Yunus, told Sputnik.
“We have not been notified by the US about any decision to stop transfer of arms, the US rather works towards further strengthening bilateral relations,” Yunus said, describing the cooperation as “strategic.”
The comments by the SDF official come after Turkey said it had received assurances from the White House that it would halt supplies of weapons to the People's Protection Units (YPG), the main Kurdish forces in Syria.
“Turkey’s remarks about a halt into weapons supplies are not true. Yesterday [November 26] the US transferred hundreds of trucks loaded with weapons to Qamishlo,” Yunus continued.
Ankara was deeply angered by the US decision of supplying weapons directly to the SDF, an alliance formed in 2015 of Kurdish, Arab, Turkmen and Armenian fighters of which the YPG are a leading group.
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 likely threatening to Assad’s government.