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Washington: Pentagon denies arming the YPG

KurdWatch, November 8, 2015—After representatives of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and spokespeople for the US military had originally confirmed that weapons and ammunition dropped over al‑Hasakah province on October 11 [further information] had been secured by the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG), both sides subsquently retracted this statement. The Pentagon stated that the delivery was intended solely for Arab groups and that there were no indications that it ended up in the possession of other groups. However, representatives of Arab units within the Syrian Democratic Forces [further information], which is dominated by the YPG, denied having received any weapons or ammunition, nor were they aware of any other militia that had been armed aside from »perhaps our partner, the Kurds«.Turkey had previously warned both the US and Russia that a further expansion of Kurdish influence along its border would not be tolerated. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also threatened the PYD with consequences should the weapons delivered by the Americans end up in the hands of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 

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