The United States is trying to placate Turkish fury over a reported weapons airdrop to the PKK-linked Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed wing, the People's Protection Unit (YPG), by denying it ever took place, but the top PYD leader and the YPG have contradicted Washington's claim.
The YPG recently joined forces with the Thuwar al-Raqqa, or Raqqa Revolutionaries, the only Arab group fighting alongside the YPG. The leader of Thuwar al-Raqqa, who goes by the name Abu Issa, said the weapons were dropped in the neighboring province of Hasakah and were retrieved by the YPG.
"I don't know where they went," he told the Washington Post. "There are also front lines in Hasakah, so maybe the ammunition will be used there.
The dispute surrounding the destination of this first supply of U.S. arms under the new Pentagon strategy is just one of several latent tensions over the future shape of the battle in northeastern Syria, where the YPG has proclaimed a self-governing Kurdish enclave called Rojava.
A Pentagon official reportedly said that the U.S. at this moment is unsure whether the YPG will join the operation on Raqqa.
§"As far as pressure on Raqqa, you know, this is why our partnership with Syrian Arabs is so vital, because Syrian Arabs really have the ability to pressure Raqqa heavily. Whether or not Kurdish fighters are willing to move that far south, frankly, is an unknown at this point," Colonel Steve Warren said.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) reportedly bombed two boats carrying YPG militants while they were attempting to cross to the west of the Euphrates, which Turkey defines as its "redline."
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