US will stop arm­ing Syr­ian Kur­dish mili­tia

Wash­ing­ton had ear­lier sup­plied weapons to help re­cap­ture Raqqa.

The Sunday Guardian - - World - IANS

WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump told his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan that he will stop arm­ing a Syr­ian Kur­dish mili­tia the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion, Tur­key’s For­eign Min­is­ter has said. The de­ci­sion would cut the flow of weapons from the US to the YPG, the Kur­dish mili­tia fight­ing with the US-backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, just six months after Trump ap­proved the plan over Tur­key’s stren­u­ous ob­jec­tions.

“Our dis­com­fort re­gard­ing the pro­vi­sion of weapons to the YPG was con­veyed to Trump once again,” Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day, CNN re­ported. “Trump very clearly said he had given in­struc­tions to not pro­vide weapons to the YPG.”

Trump told Er­do­gan “of pend­ing ad­just­ments to the mil­i­tary sup­port pro­vided to our part­ners on the ground in Syria, now that the bat­tle of Raqqa is com­plete and we are pro­gress­ing into a sta­bi­liza­tion phase,” the White House said in a state­ment. Pressed about the US’s spe­cific plans, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil spokesman Michael An­ton told CNN the US’ sup­ply of weapons to the YPG will be “wind­ing down over time, as the phys­i­cal caliphate is de­stroyed.”

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