Friday, 12 May 2017

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

The administration of US President Donald Trump has approved a plan to directly arm Kurdish forces operating in Syria, the Pentagon said. Spokeswoman Dana W. White said the president made the decision Monday, describing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as “the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future.”

The mainstream media and US officials have repeatedly argued that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are a “multi-ethnic and multi-religious alliance” fighting against ISIS. However, since the formation of the SDF, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) have remained the core of the organization. The upcoming advance on the ISIS-held city of Raqqa has pushed Washington to accept the reality publicly and to make a decision to army YPG and YPJ on an official level.

Meanwhile, Ankara argues that YPG and YPJ are terrorist groups affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The decision to arm Kurdish militias in Syria will further damage the already shaky US-Turkish relations.

Another layer to this problem is that Turkey, and covert Western forces (CIA), have been aiding ISIS in the Syrian War. President Erdogan, after recently taking on dictatorial powers, and shifting the country away from being a secular state, is now posing a bigger threat along these lines, dragging the whole country in this direction. Turkish power in the region, along with Gulf State and covert Western power, needs to be curtailed. Turkey has no business deploying forces into Northern Syria. Their support for terrorists led to this situation with the Kurds. If support for the terrorist armies in Syria was withdrawn then a de-escalation from all sides could be undertaken (once ISIS and Al Qaeda linked groups were eliminated).  

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 12th, 2017.]

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