News Alert: In blow to U.S.-Turkey ties, Trump administration approves plan to directly arm Syrian Kurds against Islamic State

The U.S. military is trying to capture Raqqa, the Syrian city that is the Islamic State’s de facto capital.
The decision to arm Syrian Kurds is sure to anger Turkey, the NATO ally that views the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, as a threat. The YPG has received air support from the United States and, indirectly through Arab fighters, some U.S. weaponry. But Turkey has warned the United States against arming the group directly.

 
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News Alert Tue., May. 09, 2017 1:51 p.m.
 
 
In blow to U.S.-Turkey ties, Trump administration approves plan to directly arm Syrian Kurds against Islamic State
The U.S. military is trying to capture Raqqa, the Syrian city that is the Islamic State’s de facto capital.
The decision to arm Syrian Kurds is sure to anger Turkey, the NATO ally that views the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, as a threat. The YPG has received air support from the United States and, indirectly through Arab fighters, some U.S. weaponry. But Turkey has warned the United States against arming the group directly.
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