Pentagon officials have emphasized to their Turkish partners that the US are only arming the Arab elements in the Kurdish-less Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF

The US has already begun airdropping aid to the Arab factions of the SDF to assist in their fight against ISIS in Raqqa countryside.

“Our local partners in Syria continue to converge down on Raqqa and I’m also confident that they will soon have ISIS’s so-called capital isolated,” outgoing US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Thursday about the US support for the SDF forces.

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“The isolation of Raqqa continued…our partners cleared more than 3,000 square kilometers since the start of their operations. ISIS’s days there, as well as in Iraq, are numbered,” Carter added.

However it was Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook that tried to ease the concerns of Turkey.

“We have been supplying the SDF, specifically the Syrian Arab Coalition, for some time, with materiel support. We continue to do that, and there’s been no change,” he said.

“We continue to provide that support for the Syrian Arab Coalition,” he stressed.

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          • Well, actually, what is wishable is EU+Russia, I’ve just pointed the 2 main military driving forces, hey, we can’t do without the others (as long there aren’t Italian boots, LOL). FN guns does very interesting chocolates.
            Sorry, due to Brexit, you’ll have to tae your White Helmets back. You can always send the to KSA, they might become useful as soon Yemen invades really : I’ve heard they plan to recruit baboons as proxy warriors they noticed they had even en biggest IQ than a Nusra dude under Captagon and if you’ve got to enter close combat with a baboon, you’re freaking fuck’d, they’r 4 times stronger than humans.
            Anyway, UK entered the EU as a Trojan Horse. We’ve seen not so long ago with the project to build 3 aircraft carriers, 2 for UK, 1 for France. Brit MoD, although DCNS made all the study (on our taxpayer money for just 200M€), refused to let DCNS build 1/3 of each ship which couldn’t be tolerated.
            Nevertheless, by doing so, Brit didn’t had access to the revised plans and end paying the price for 3 ships and just getting 2 with ski jump instead of catapults!
            The revised version has just a single island and if built alone @DCNS would “only” cost 2.3bln€ while HMS QE2 and HMS PoW cost 3.6bln€ per unit… UK could have had 33 Rafales with the 2 CVs without spend a single dime more!
            http://www.tecnodefesa.com.br/admin/public/files//PA2_Maquete_DCNS_Photo_Rcaiafa1a.jpg
            http://www.meretmarine.com/objets/500/28883.jpg
            Thus, when it comes to team together, well, we still remember Jehanne d’Arc, Waterloo, Dunkirk and Suez 😀
            (LOL, I bet some may not get the humour in my says)

          • And to cap the fatuousness of British military procurement we will have two very expensive carriers without Winged Aircraft until the end of this decade at best. ALL the US carriers are now having their copper wiring replaced as it is assumed that this type of wiring is now able to be disrupted by Russian Electronic Countermeasures 🙂

            Will the brand new UK carriers also need re-wiring ? 🙂

            This will take many years.

            Less hubris and more common sense from Western leaders are required I think.

  1. Today Turkey’s been expelling its own Turkish backed FSA from Jarabalus, so maybe the Turks could just commit hari kiri and save us all the bother, lol. Brought to you by Abu Hajaar Enterprises.