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World Pentagon says it will arm Syrian Kurds, despite Turkey's objections

21:35  09 may  2017
21:35  09 may  2017 Source:   reuters.com

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

  Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds Turkish President Erdogan says his country may take further military action against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria, saying U.S. support for such groups "must come to an end."He said he would discuss the issue at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

President Donald Trump has authorized arming Kurdish fighters in Syria "as necessary to ensure a clear victory" in a planned assault to retake the city of Raqqa “We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey ,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, who is traveling with

Despite fierce objections by a key NATO ally, President Donald Trump has signed off on a plan to directly arm Syrian Kurds in the fight to Turkey has not indicated if and how it would respond to the U. S . directly arming the YPG, and relying on them and allied Arab forces to push ISIS out of Raqqa.

U.S military vehicles and Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) drive in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border © REUTERS/Rodi Said U.S military vehicles and Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) drive in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border

President Donald Trump has authorised arming Kurdish fighters in Syria "as necessary to ensure a clear victory" in a planned assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, in a likely blow to U.S. ties with Turkey.

Ankara had fiercely opposed supplying the Kurdish elements of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, viewing the YPG as the Syrian extension of the Kurdish PKK militant group, which has fought an insurgency in Turkey's southeast since 1984.

"We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, who is travelling with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Lithuania, said in a statement. "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."

(Reporting by Phil Stewart in Vilnius; editing by Grant McCool)

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