US continuing support for YPG in Syria
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
The U.S.-led coalition against ISIL has delivered vehicles to depots belonging to the YPG in Deir-Ez Zor province in Syria, according to local sources who spoke anonymously because of safety concerns.
Washington maintains nearly 2,000 troops in Syria following its announcement that only a few hundred would remain after withdrawal efforts.
U.S. President Donald Trump declared victory over ISIL and signaled a “slow and highly coordinated pullout” of U.S. troops from Syria last December.
The White House announced in February plans to keep 200 troops in northeastern Syria as part of an international peacekeeping force, in addition to 200 others to secure a garrison at a strategic Syrian border town.
Although the date set for the pullout has passed, the U.S. has yet to reduce its military presence in Syria.
On Feb. 4, the U.S. delivered nearly 150 truckloads of armored vehicles and equipment to depots belonging to the YPG in Harab Isk and Sarrin.
The Pentagon announced March 12 that $300 million would be allocated to the YPG from its fiscal year 2020 budget.
Turkey deems the YPG as a terrorist group due to its links to the PKK, which is listed as a terror group by Ankara, the U.S., and the EU.