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US dispatches 175 trucks of weapons to SDF militants in northern Syria: SANA

Iran Press TV

Sun Sep 22, 2019 04:40PM

Militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly received 175 truckloads of weapons and munitions dispatched by the United States, irrespective of condemnation by Damascus of the "criminal and repressive" actions of the forces.

Civil and media sources, requesting anonymity, told Syria's official news agency SANA on Sunday that US military officials had provided weapons and logistical equipment to the militants, who are sponsored by Washington and led by Kurds.

The sources added that the convoy came from northern Iraq through the Semalka border crossing, which is a pontoon bridge across the Tigris, to SDF positions in Syria's northern and eastern provinces of Hasakah, Raqqah and Dayr al-Zawr.

SANA further noted that US forces sent a convoy of 150 trucks loaded with military and logistical reinforcements through the Semalka border crossing on September 15 to support separatist SDF militants.

SDF militants continue to kidnap people, commit armed robbery and carry out raids on the residents of Jazira region in northern Syria.

They recently carried out a string of attacks – supported by five US AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, an F-16 Fighting multirole fighter jet, armored vehicles and reconnaissance aircraft – on the outskirts of Diban town in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, killing several civilians and arresting dozens more. The detainees were taken to an unknown location and their fate remains uncertain.

SANA further noted that US forces, since last March, have dispatched more than 3,000 trucks military equipment to Hasakah through illegal crossings to provide military, technical and logistical support to SDF militants.

On September 15, Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, in identical letters sent to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the rotating President of the UN Security Council Vasily Nebenzya, announced that SDF militants co

The letters stated that the militants are backed by the United States and the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who provide them with military, logistic, financial and political support.

"That goes in line with schemes being carried out by some states subservient to the United States and being concocted by the authorities of the Zionist regime (of Israel) in utter disregard to Security Council resolutions, which underline the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and unity of its people," the letters read.

The Syrian ministry went on to say that not only do SDF militants take part in crimes being perpetrated by the US-led coalition against Syrian people, but they also kidnap, torture, murder and displace civilians.

The US has long been providing the SDF with arms and militant training, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against the terrorist group of Daesh. Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's plans to carve out a foothold in the Arab country.

Such support has also angered Washington's NATO ally, Turkey, which views militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) – the backbone of the SDF – as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has been waging a destructive war inside Turkey for decades.

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