Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump OKs Arms for Syrian Kurds to Fight IS; Turkey Is Infuriated,Views Kurds as Terrorists

The Pentagon said today (May 9, 2017) that President Donald Trump has approved a plan to send arms to Kurdish troops in Syria to fight ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and advance toward its capital city of Raqqa, according to The Daily Beast website.

"The fight for Raqqa will be long and difficult, but will ultimately be yet another defeat for ISIS, and another step toward eliminating ISIS threat to peace and security in the region and the world," a Pentagon statement reads.

The decision was made over strong objections from Turkey, which views the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which both Turkey and the U.S. label a terrorist group. Moreover, there are many Kurds in Turkey who have fought with Turks for decades, as they have been attempting to establish their own independent Kurdish state in Turkey.

"We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U.S. is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally," the Pentagon statement said.

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