Report says the US plans direct weapons shipments to Kurds

Published October 6th, 2015 - 03:27 GMT
The YPG has been a major force against Daesh along the Turkish border and plans to launch an offensive toward Daesh's de facto capital, Raqqa. (AFP/File)
The YPG has been a major force against Daesh along the Turkish border and plans to launch an offensive toward Daesh's de facto capital, Raqqa. (AFP/File)

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is preparing for a new offensive toward Daesh's de facto capital, Raqqa, but this time the group may get some weapon support from the US.

A Washington Post report published Friday said President Barack Obama approved direct US weapons shipments to Kurdish and Arab fighters in Syria.

The announcement sparked discussion on Twitter and Facebook, including from an American YPG fighter that seemed to confirm the report. 

The shipments would travel over from Iraq to the fighters, who have pushed Daesh from the Turkish border. And as the YPG plans to make its move toward Daesh's stronghold of Raqqa, a weapons supply from the US just might make the difference.

The US administration has been hesitant to supply Kurdish fighters with weapons since the group became a driving force against Daesh. The Telegraph in July reported the US had even blocked Middle Eastern allies' weapons shipment for the Kurds. 

An affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the YPG was recently called a "terrorist" organization by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan; supporting the YPG would jeopardize the US' close relationship with Turkey, which doesn't want to see Kurds control more of the Turkish border. 

By Hayat Norimine


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