U.S. to Arm Syrian Kurds, Despite Opposition from Turkey

U.S. to Arm Syrian Kurds, Despite Opposition from Turkey

President Trump has approved a plan to arm Kurdish militants in Syria fighting ISIS. He says it's a necessary step to recapture the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

The weapons will be supplied to the People's Protection Units, or YPG. Turkey, a NATO ally, is opposed to the move, since the Turkish government sees the group as an extension of a terrorist organization.

NPR reports White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. is aware of the security concerns with Turkey. He said "the U.S. is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally."

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