Pentagon promises Turkey to take back weapons from Kurds after defeat of ISIS
The United States has told Turkey it will take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria after the defeat of ISIS, Turkish defense ministry sources said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also promised his Turkish counterpart Fikri Isik to provide a monthly list of weapons handed to the YPG, saying the first inventory had already been sent to Ankara.
Mattis told Isik that a detailed record of all equipment provided to the YPG was being kept and that all the weapons would be taken back after Islamic State was defeated, the sources said.
In a letter to the minister, Mattis also said that Arab fighters would form 80 percent of the forces which will recapture Raqqa. Once the mainly Sunni Arab city was taken, it would be held by Arab forces, the sources said he told Isik.
Turkish officials have not commented, but the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish reinforcements headed south of Azaz town, which is held by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and is close YPG-controlled territory, Reuters reported.