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Al-Qamishli: YPG spokesperson contradicts Salih Muslim on weapons deliveries

KurdWatch, November 8, 2015—At a press conference in al‑Qamishli on October 16, 2015, Redur Khalil, the press spokesperson of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), said that PYD co‑chairman Salih Muslim’s statement that the YPG had received weapons from the international coalition was »just his opinion«. According to Khalil, Muslim had been outside of his competence and spoken about things of which he had no information. Muslim had previously confirmed to the press that the US had dropped fifty tons of munitions for the YPG to aid in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), and additional weapons deliveries were expected. YPG spokesperson Khalil gave no statements regarding what happened to the arms dropped over al‑Hasakah province, instead referring to official statements from Washington.

Spokespeople for the US Department of Defense had corrected their original statements and said that the deliveries were only intended for Arab groups and had reached their intended target. The denials can be understood as showing deference to Turkish sensitivities [further information].

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