Turkey condemns US for arming Kurds with weapons ahead of Raqqa assault

Turkey condemns US for arming Kurds with weapons ahead of Raqqa assaultThe Pentagon has confirmed the first new shipment of arms to Kurdish fighters closing in on Isis in the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa is on its way to Syria. Small arms including AK-47s and small-calibre machine guns as well as vehicles were being transferred to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a mainly Kurdish alliance of fighters, spokesperson Eric Pahon told reporters on Tuesday. The news was met with consternation in Ankara, where Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the decision a “mistake”.



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