Partnered Forces in Syria and Iraq Continue to Make Progress

Partnered Forces in Syria and Iraq Continue to Make Progress

Early this month, U.S. President Donald Trump approved a plan to arm Syrian Kurds.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, meanwhile, called the move "extremely dangerous" and a threat to "all humanity".

"Such steps are extremely risky for Syria's unity and territorial integrity", Cavusoglu said, after the United States began providing small arms to the Kurdish fighters. Washington's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

Earlier this week, pan-Arab Mayadeen TV said US warplanes dropped leaflets on Syrian army forces, urging them to retreat and stay away from Tanf, where the USA and British army have bases and allied Syrian rebels. Turkey and KRG have been concerned about the possibility of Sinjar becoming a new hub for the PKK.

The office added that the clashes between their fighters and Turkey-backed Ahrar al-Sham continued until the midnight on Wednesday.

The US weapons transfers began ahead of an upcoming offensive to recapture Raqqa, the last major bastion and ISIS' de facto capital in Syria. Both Turkey and the USA consider the PKK to be a terrorist organization. While America supports the YPG, it has officially designated the Marxist PKK a terrorist organization.

Last Friday, the US -backed SDF, which contains numerous elements linked to the terrorist PKK/PYD group, called on Daesh militants in Raqqa to surrender by the end of the current month.

A Pentagon spokesman said: "We are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey".

The SDF is closing in on Raqqa, he said, pointing out that in the northern Raqqa valley, the SDF has cleared to within four kilometers of Raqqa.

The SDF has now advanced to within a few kilometres of Raqa on several fronts, and this month captured the strategic town of Tabqa and the adjacent dam from the militant group. Military Times reported in April that a YPG commando force was equipped with US older generation night vision and rifle-mounted lasers, prior to Defense Department approval to supply the Kurdish faction.

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