US to Stop Arming Anti-IS Syrian Kurdish YPG militia

In a major policy shift from the Obama administration, the Trump administration has decided to halt in arming the anti-IS Syrian Kurdish YPG militia due to a request by Turkey.

BBC News:

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said President Donald Trump had made the promise in a phone call to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The White House said it was making “adjustments” to its support for partners inside Syria but did not explicitly name the YPG.

Turkey has long complained about US support for the group.

Washington has viewed the YPG as a key player in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS), but Ankara brands the group’s fighters as terrorists.

Turkey says the YPG is as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group it has been fighting for decades in south-eastern Turkey.

The US, however, has seen the YPG as distinct

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