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US cutting off its supply of arms to Kurds fighting in Syria

Above, a US military commander, right, walks with a commander from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units as they inspect the damage at YPG headquarters after it was hit by Turkish airstrikes in Mount Karachok near Malikiya, Syria on April 25, 2017. (Reuters)
ANKARA: The US will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria, a move by President Donald Trump that is sure to please Turkey but further alienate Syrian Kurds who have borne much of the fight against the Daesh group.
In a phone call Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said he’d “given clear instructions” that the Kurds will receive no more weapons. That description of the call comes from a Turkish official.
The White House confirmed the decision in a cryptic statement that said Trump had informed Erdogan of “pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria.”
The move could help ease strained tensions between the US and Turkey.

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