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Kurdish fighters should be given US weapon in Syria, suggests US commanders

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US commanders have recommended to the Pentagon that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Syria be allowed to keep US-supplied weapon after the exit of US troops from the regions, say reports.

According to Sputnik, at least four White House officials have confirmed that the recommendations were part of discussions on a draft plan by the US military. However, it is unclear whether White House would implement it.

"It would be inappropriate to discuss the disposition of weapons at this time. Planning is ongoing, and focused on executing a deliberate and controlled withdrawal of forces while taking all measures possible to ensure our troops' safety", said Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman.

The ammunition could include anti-tank missiles armor vehicles and mortars.

If implemented, the proposal would be a major setback for US President Donald Trump's policy to withdraw completely from Syria. Moreover, according to a White House official, it will also upset Turkey, which considers Kurdish forces as an extension of outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party.

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in last talks with the US President promised to eradicate "whatever is left of ISIS" in Syria.

Last week, the US President announced the withdrawal of the troops Syria.

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First Published: Sat, December 29 2018. 16:05 IST
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