Pentagon: U.S. will support Kurdish militia after Raqqa fighting

By Andrew V. Pestano

The Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, will continue to receive U.S. support in their battle against the Islamic State in Syria after Raqqa is freed as the militant Islamist group’s stronghold, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. File Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

June 28 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the Pentagon will continue to support the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, in their battle against the Islamic State after Raqqa, Syria is freed.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Mattis said the recovery of weapons and equipment supplied to the Kurdish militia is dependent on several factors, including the success against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.

In response to a question about the Turkish government commenting that the United States would recover weapons from the Kurdish militia, Mattis said the U.S. Defense Department would continue supporting the YPG after Raqqa is freed.

“They had plenty of weapons. They were beating ISIS in every battle. They never lost an inch of terrain to them,” Mattis said. “What we gave them were weapons for urban fighting, basically. These are weapons — number one, we’ll be recovering them during the battle, repairing them. When they don’t need certain things anymore we’ll replace those with something they do need.”

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Source: News Now/UPI

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.