US-led coalition delivers armored vehicles to Syrians fighting ISIS


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US-led coalition delivers armored vehicles to Syrians fighting ISIS fxn.ws/2kMG9E1


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I give it about 2 months before we’re trying to destroy them because they’re being used against our allies, whoever those are.


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Raqqa is a major battle that may help cripple or push ISIS out of Syria.

But arming the locals gets real knotty.

“There are signs of full support from the new American leadership, more than before, for our forces,” he added.

Silo said the vehicles would be used to support the SDF’s ongoing offensive on ISIS-held Raqqa, which the extremist group claimed as its capital. The SDF is a coalition of forces including the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian Arab Coalition, and Turkmen and Assyrian elements. During its campaign for Raqqa, the SDF has also added many local fighters to its ranks.

The US-led coalition has been backing the SDF as a key ally on the ground fighting ISIS in northern Syria, providing advice, air support, and some arms. American officials, however, have been very clear that the arms they supply are to the Syrian Arab Coalition and not Kurdish forces, who are dominant members of the SDF.

The US is balancing its support of the YPG and SDF with its alliance with fellow NATO member Turkey who considers the YPG to be a terrorist group with ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/31012017


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