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Expert: Ankara Deeply Concerned over US Arms Shipments to Syrian Kurds
Expert: Ankara Deeply Concerned over US Arms Shipments to Syrian Kurds
A prominent Turkish political analyst underlined Ankara's concerns about Washington's continued arms shipments to the Kurdish militia, warning of the US plans against Syria's territorial integrity by setting the stage for Kurdish independence.
MWFpress - The Arabic-language service of Sputnik quoted Turki Mahmoud Othman as saying on Tuesday that the US has supplied the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with a large amount of weapons and military equipment.

He added that Ankara is highly concerned about arming Kurds after declaration of full annihilation of the ISIL terrorist group in Eastern Syria, saying that Turkey has many questions on the fate of these weapons which are sufficient for a full-scale army but Washington has provided Ankara with no transparent response.

Othman claimed that the US intends to protect and support the SDF with the help of the European forces as it promises Turkey to create a demilitarized zone in Northern Syria to buy time, and warned that the demilitarized zone is likely a trap for Turkey by Washington.

Othman said that the US will in the next phase try to drive a wedge between those regions where the SDF intends to come in control and the demilitarized zone and then will force Ankara to accept more prerequisites set by Washington to recognize the SDF's independence as a regime which possesses advanced weapons.

Media reports revealed last week that Washington had dispatched new military aid to the SDF in Eastern Euphrates after it said mission has been accomplished in the war on ISIL.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the US-led coalition had sent new military convoys, including tens of trucks carrying military aid and logistical equipment, from Iraqi Kurdistan region to areas occupied by the SDF in Eastern Euphrates.

It added that nearly 700 trucks, carrying vehicles and military and logistic equipment of the US-led coalition have arrived from Iraq to Eastern Euphrates.

Last month, Washington-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria declared their final victory over the ISIL terrorist group, ending bloody battle against the group that once held territory spanning a third of Syria and Iraq.

The US Defense Department also announced that the Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, according to former White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.


Source: farsnews
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