Trump approves plan to arm Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s opposition

According to the Pentagon, U.S. President Donald Trump has approved a plan to arm “as necessary” the Kurdish forces fighting in Syria in order to help them defeat ISIS in Raqqa. “We’re keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partners in Turkey,” said the chief Pentagon spokesperson when she announced Trump’s decision.
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The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump has approved a plan to arm Syrian Kurds in order to help them fight ISIS in Raqqa.

“Yesterday, the president authorized the Department of Defense to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement. Raqqa is a crucial area in the fight against ISIS because it is the murderous terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital.

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“We’re keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partners in Turkey,” White added. “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.”

Turkey views the Syrian Kurds as terrorists or supporters of terrorists due to their relationship with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). However, the U.S. considers the Syrian Kurdish forces a great ally in the fight against ISIS.



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