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Donald Trump to arm Syrian Kurds, even as Turkey strongly objects

American military commanders have long argued that arming the YPG is the fastest way to seize Raqqa

Michael R Gordon & Eric Schmitt | NYT 

President Trump has approved a plan to arm Syrian Kurds so they can participate in the battle to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State, a strategy that has drawn deep opposition from Turkey, a NATO ally. American military commanders have long argued that arming the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia fighting alongside Syrian Arab forces against the Islamic State, is the fastest way to seize Raqqa, the capital of the militants’ self-proclaimed caliphate. And Mr. Trump, who made fighting Islamist militants a priority during his campaign, again showed the high regard he has for ...

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First Published: Wed, May 10 2017. 09:08 IST
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