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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ISIS update 5/10/2017...Trump Approves New Plan To Arm Kurdish Forces

Syrian War Report – May 10, 2017: Trump Administration Approves New Plan To Arm Kurdish Forces

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 Turkey Slams US 'Unacceptable' Weapons Supply to Kurdish Militants

Turkey slammed an announcement by Washington that it will supply arms and military equipment to Kurdish militants in Syria, media reports said.

"The supply of arms to the YPG is unacceptable, such a policy will benefit nobody," Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli, New Arab reported.

"We expect that this mistake is to be rectified," he said, days ahead of a crunch meeting in Washington between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump.

But Ankara regards the group as a terror outfit which is effectively the Syrian branch of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency since 1984 against Ankara, leaving tens of thousands dead.

On Monday, Trump "authorized the department of defense to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces," Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

The US announcement came just ahead of Erdogan's visit to Washington next week for talks with Trump, the first time the two men will meet as heads of state.

A Turkish high-level delegation made up of Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Turkey's spy chief Hakan Fidan have already been in the US to lay the groundwork for the visit.

Turkey has said it is keen to join the battle to recapture Raqqa but on the condition the offensive does not include the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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