A Clue to US Weapons Support of Kurdish-Led Syrian Democratic Forces?
US Government documents, detailing the transport of weapons from Eastern Europe, may be a clue to the extent of American support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.The document, posted by IHS Jane’s on Thursday, lists the arms and ammunition in 81 containers of cargo to be moved from Bulgaria to a Turkish military pier and the Jordanian port of Aqaba.
The shipment, weighing 994 tons, included Faktoria anti-tank guided weapon systems. The system is an improved version of the Fagot ATGW, which has been used by Syrian rebels. There were also AK-47 rifles, PKM general-purpose machine guns, DShK heavy machine guns, and RPG-7 rocket launchers.
The shipping list was drawn up weeks after the formation of the SDF, led by the Kurdish militia YPG. The Forces have been successful in pushing back the Islamic State in northeast Syria, with assistance from US special forces as well as the supply of weapons. A local source confirmed that the material in Jordan was likely to be for the SDF. www.mesop.de