Thursday, June 29, 2017

US eyes arms for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqa’s fall


Annexation/Occupation Forces for Syria
Destabilization for Turkey
"US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, saying the US may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from ISIS.

NATO ally Turkey, which views the YPG as a threat, has said Mattis assured it in a letter that the United States would eventually take back the weapons it was giving them once ISIS was defeated.

Mattis, in his first public remarks on the issue, did not directly dispute that account.

“We’ll do what we can,” Mattis told reporters during his flight to Germany, when asked about weapons recovery.

But Mattis also noted that YPG fighters were well-armed even before the US last month decided to offer more specialised equipment for its urban assault on ISIS-held city of Raqqa.

Mattis also said the battle against ISIS would continue even after Raqqa was captured and focused his answers about US weapons’ recovery on items he believed the YPG would no longer need in battle.

Asked if the Kurdish YPG forces would revert to their pre-Raqqa level of armaments once the fight was over, Mattis responded: “Well, we’ll see. It depends what the next mission is. I mean, it’s not like the fight’s over when Raqqa’s over.”

The US, Mattis said, in the near-term would be recovering weapons that the group does not need anymore as the battle advances.

“We’ll be recovering (the weapons) during the battle, repairing them. When they don’t need certain things anymore, we’ll replace those with something they do need,” Mattis said"


  1. Sadly, my carpal tunnel is brutal at this time- so I'll be reading and posting- but not much else. :(

  2. Bin Nayef receives CIA award for 'counter-terrorism'
    Mike Pompeo gives Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef the George Tenet award for his 'counter-terrorism' work.

    Nayef reportedly arrested. curious the saudi demand for turkey to leave qatar [#5] and the nayef meeting with erdogan. we will ask again: who exactly is "them?

    “We are being targeted… and we cannot ask them not to target us. However, what is important is to fortify ourselves as much as possible.”

    The Crown Prince also expressed his gratitude over Turkey’s “warm welcome,” “generous hospitality” and Erdogan gifting him a medal. He considered the medal as a symbol representing “deep rooted friendship and brotherhood” between Saudi and Turkey.

    we thank Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif for this,” Cavusoglu said while describing that the visit of the Crown Prince as extremely fruitful. “The two states are determined to take the bilateral relations to greater heights.”

    Earlier, during the talks with Prime Minister Yıldırım, Prince Muhammad underscored the need for Saudi Arabia and Turkey to fortify themselves in confronting the potential challenges and security threats. He also highlighted the key role for the cooperation of Turkey and Saudi Arabia in ensuring regional peace and security. Echoing the same view, Yıldırım stressed the need for increased cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the fight against terrorism. “The two nations would promote the Turk-Saudi Coordination Council within the body of foreign ministries and institutionalize the ties more,” he said while stressing in this regard the important role played by King Salman’s visit to Turkey in April during which Erdogan and the King had underlined the need for joint work to further strengthening relations.


      was this the dissenting vote? curious the interior appoitnment 33 no experience. mbs selling assets, lifting austerity and trying to neutralize nayef and interior.

      “If he is seen as benign, this will change quite quickly,” the official said. “I suspect they don’t want him jetting off to Washington in a bad mood and telling anyone, even our allies, the state secrets. “There is too much risk in letting a disgruntled figure talk at a time like this.

      washington? or egypt? or moscow?

    2. Meanwhile, a well-informed source in the city told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the Russian forces targeted rebels' meeting place in northern Homs with satellite-controlled missiles.

      U.S. Amassing Spy Planes Off Syria, Carrier Visits Israel for First Time in 17 Years . three of the U.S.'s most important spy planes were spotted snooping off Syria's coast - HAARETZ


  3. Hope your carpel tunnel is better soon, Penny. I thought that comment by Mattis re "long term" support of Kurds would get a reaction from you. The US is being blackmailed into fighting Israel's hegemonic wars in the ME and that won't stop, ever...until Americans wake up.