AYN AL-ISSA, SYRIA — “We will fight for our land and honor,” said Arab rebel Abu Mohammed al-Ansari on the frontlines in Ayn al-Issa, 50 kilometers from the Raqqa capital. “We don’t want foreigners to come,” he added.
The Pentagon says it has only delivered 50 tons of ammunition to a Syrian Arab Coalition of 5,000 fighters. In reality, these forces and weapons will be controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Forces (YPG), one of the most effective armed groups on the ground in Syria.
The Kurdish YPG forces strongly outnumber the Arab forces within a newly-formed coalition called the Syrian Democratic Forces.
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