Syria: US to arm Kurds fighting Islamic State despite Turkish opposition

Source: ABC News

“President Trump has authorized the U.S. military to arm Syrian Kurdish rebel forces to support the future offensive on Raqqa, the de facto capital in Syria for ISIS. The move has been long opposed by Turkey which sees the groups as an extension of Kurdish terrorist organizations that have conducted attacks inside Turkey. ‘Yesterday, the president authorized the Department of Defense to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria,’ said Dana White, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, in a statement.” (05/09/17)