May 11, 2017

US weapons will soon flow to Kurds as they isolate ISIS fighters in Raqqa

By Adam Routh

Source: Military Times

Journalist(s) Shawn Snow

Kurdish factions within the Syrian Democratic Forces will soon be getting U.S. arms for their battle with the Islamic State in Syria, according to officials in Baghdad. 

Despite strenuous objections from Turkish officials, the Trump administration on Monday granted the Defense Department authority to arm the People’s Protection Units or YPG, which defense officials believe is the fighting force most capable of defeating ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa, it's self-proclaimed capital. 

“Some of the equipment is already in theater” said Col. John L. Dorrian, a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve. “And some may have already begun to be dispersed.” 

Read the full article at Military Times.

  • Adam Routh

    Research Associate, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Adam Routh is a Research Associate with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Routh served as a...