US will stop arming Syrian Kurdish militia
Washington had earlier supplied weapons to help recapture Raqqa.
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.”