The United States has supplied the People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the PKK terrorist group's Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD), with truckloads of arms over the past week.
Turkey's official Anadolu Agency (AA) reported that two major shipments took place in northeastern Syria, six days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a decree on arming the militant group for its role in driving Daesh terrorists out of Raqqa.
On May 15 and 20, approximately 100 trucks crossed into Syria from northern Iraq using the Simelka border gate.
The convoys, which included armored vehicles, fuel tankers, heavy duty machines and containers loaded with arms and ammunition, first moved to Hassakah in northeastern Syria, then headed towards the Raqqa direction, where YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are battling Daesh militants to drive them out of their so-called capital.
By examining social media accounts affiliated with the PYD and the PKK, AA correspondents detected that the terrorist group has obtained U.S.-made multiple rocket launcher pads, 80 and 120 millimeter mortars, MK19 grenade launchers, M4 Carbine and M16 infantry rifles, Humvee armored vehicles, Cougar armored personnel carriers and FGM-148 anti-tank missiles, which the U.S. refuses to supply to its NATO-ally Turkey despite repeated requests.
Doğan News Agency (DHA) also reported that U.S. arms delivered to YPG are being loaded onto trucks in Qamishli and dispatched to fighters near Raqqa.
Due to apparent ties between the PYD/YPG and the PKK, which is considered a terrorist group by both Turkey and the U.S., Turkey has repeatedly voiced its objections against U.S. support to the militant group.
Local sources also reported that the SDF has besieged Raqqa on three fronts and Daesh terrorists currently can only use the road leading southeast to Deir al-Zour.