A representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Sputnik Turkiye on condition of anonymity that the US has supplied them with yet another batch of weapons and armed vehicles in accordance with the list of demands they drew up. Their demands have increased, the source said, as Daesh have strengthened their resistance near Raqqa.
“The US has supplied weapons and armored vehicles in 140 trucks. Our demands for armored vehicles have increased during our military operation near Raqqa. Thus, on demand, we draw up a list of armaments, ammunition and equipment we need and send it to the US,” the SDF representative told Sputnik Tukiye.
The Americans, he said, then supply them with ammunition in accordance with the list.
The source said that their demand for heavy weaponry and armored vehicles have increased as recently Daesh have stepped up their resistance near Raqqa, where furious fighting is still going on.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is a coalition of US-backed militants with the stated goal of creating a secular, democratic and federalized Syria. The SDF is mostly composed of, and militarily led by, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist group affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which operates within neighboring Turkey.
In May, US President Donald Trump approved providing Kurdish militiamen in Syria with heavy armaments, including mortars and machine guns.
According to June estimates provided by Turkish Anadolu News Agency, in the month that passed since Trump’s approval of the arming of the Syrian Kurdish forces, a total of 348 trucks loaded with military supplies were sent to the group.
According to the news agency’s data, the Pentagon’s list of weapons to be delivered to the group includes 12,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 6,000 machine guns, 3,000 grenade launchers, and around 1,000 anti-tank weapons of Russian or US origin.