US sends more weapons to YPG despite Ankara’s objections

US sends more weapons to YPG despite Ankara’s objections


The US has sent 100 more truckloads of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey claims is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

According to Anadolu, 100 trucks carrying hummers, jeeps and lifting cranes entered the Kurdish-controlled Haseke region from the Kurdistan-Iraqi border.

The US has sent a total of 809 trucks of military supplies to the PYD in the region since June 5. US aid to groups including the PYD contain 12,000 AK47s, 6,000 machine guns, 3,500 heavy machine guns, 3,000 RPGs, 1,000 antitank missiles, 235 mortars and 100 sniper rifles, Anadolu claimed, based on US sources.

Despite the fact that the US aid was announced to be for the purpose of operations against the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Raqqa, the pro-government media on Tuesday claimed that the supplies are part of preparations for an operation against areas in Syria that were taken under control by the Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters during Operation Euphrates Shield between August 2016 and March 2017.

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