DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:40 P.M.) – 8,500 combat-ready Kurdish combattants have undergone training by US special forces in northern Syria over the past year, Brigadier General Dave Anderson said on Saturday.
Furthermore, the US spokesman noted that armaments had been provided to 40,000 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Kurdish-led army was also given 400 military vehicles, including Humvees and armored technicals.
In return, the SDF og PYD leadership have promised to wrestle control of Raqqa city, considered the Islamic State’s long-standing capital in Syria.
“The fight in Raqqa is going well, but we know there will be tough days ahead. However, I’m confident that our partner forces are up to the task,” he concluded.
Moreover, while the Turkish government is opposed to arm supplies to the SDF, and does not trust that the SDF will return weapons to the coalition, the coalition says the SDF is a trusted force.
Although the bulk of the campaign to capture Raqqa is led by Kurdish contingents, US special forces and marines are also present on the ground while coalition warplanes and artillery guns are bombarding the city from land and air.
Brand new footage of a US convoy heading towards Raqqa: