Kurdish YPG denies receiving arms from the United States

YPG Spokesman Redur Xelil

QAMISHLO – The Syrian Kurdish Popular Defense Units (YPG) militia denies reports that the US-led coalition had supplied them with weapons to help in the anti-Daesh offensive, the group’s spokesman, Redur Khalil, said in a statement obtained by Sputnik on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Reuters news agency reported that US weapons were transferred to Kurdish fighters within the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a part of aid in an operation to liberate Syria’s Raqqa from Daesh.

US Department of Defense spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway dismissed these reports stating that Pentagon only provides training and materiel support to the Syrian Arab Coalition, which is a component of the SDF.

“The media incorrectly reported that the international coalition against Daesh led by the United States has supplied units with arms, including tanks and up-armored vehicles. We in the Kurdish Popular Defense Units emphasize that these reports are incorrect as we have not received any weapons from the Alliance,” Khalil said in the statement.

The Syrian Democratic Forces are a rebel group predominantly consisting of Kurdish fighters, as well as of Arabic and Turkmen forces, who are jointly fighting against the Daesh terrorist group. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are the main force of the SDF group. The SDF has long been supported by the US-led coalition.

The Operation Wrath of Euphrates, aimed at liberating the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh was launched by Kurdish-led SDF on November 5, 2016. The SDF started the second stage of the operation on December 10.

The SDF is among of the forces fighting against Daesh in the war-torn Syria and brings together Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians and Turkmens among others.

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