The US has begun shipping weapons to the Syrian Kurdish militia that the Trump administration has enlisted as an ally in the fight to wipe out Islamic State terrorists in Syria, according to Reuters.
The shipments began in the past day following President Trump’s announcement earlier this month that the Pentagon would arm fighters with the Syrian Democratic Force to help liberate Raqqa, a city under ISIS control since 2014, the wire service reported.
”The (Syrian Democratic Force), partnered with enabling support from U.S. and coalition forces, are the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement announcing the plan to arm the militia on May 8.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon dropped leaflets over the weekend warning Iranian-backed, pro-Syrian government fighters to move out of the area around a US training base near the Syrian border with Jordan and Iraq, The Hill reported.
The US and its coalition partners are training rebels in the area – considered an established protected zone, Capt. Jeff Davis said.
“We continue to see massing [of forces]. We are concerned about it, that’s why we dropped the leaflets over the weekend to warn them against that,” he said.