BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The United States and Israel are allegedly supplying the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with anti-aircraft missiles, the Turkish publication Yeni Safak claimed over the weekend.
Citing local sources, Yeni Safak alleged that the U.S. is set to deliver a shipment of Stinger Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) to the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The publication claimed the ‘PKK’ (Turkish gov’t reference to Syrian Kurdish groups) had designated the towns of Rmelan, Al-Jalabiyah, Al-Umar, and Shaddadeh as launching zones for the missiles.
This is not the first time that this claim has been made; in fact, it was first in late April by Syrian opposition media.
However, there has been no proof to corroborate these claims and if Washington really did supply these weapons to the SDF, it would cause a major rift between them and Turkey.
Turkey and the U.S. are already at odds over Washington’s ongoing support for the Syrian Democratic Forces and Ankara’s decision to buy Russia’s S-400 system.
Neither the United States nor Israel have commented on these latest allegations.