November 25, 2017
President Trump said the United States will cut off arms supplies to Kurdish fighters in Syria.
During a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, the President said he had given clear instructions that Kurdish YPG will no longer receive weapons, adding quote – ‘this nonsense should have ended a long time ago.’
The White House confirmed the move in a statement, saying President Trump had informed Erdogan of pending adjustments to military support on the ground in Syria.
Reports claim, the move could also help ease tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, two NATO allies that have been at odds about how best to wage the fight against IS.
Turkey’s foreign minister praised the decision, as the country considers the Kurdish YPG to be terrorists because of their affiliation to outlawed Kurdish rebels that have waged a three decade-long insurgency in Turkey.