The US-led coalition has sent 30 armored vehicles and 300 trucks loaded with ammunition to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria, Kurdish activists familiar with the situation revealed on October 10.
According to the Kurdish new outlet Vedeng, the military equipment entered Syria from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region through the Semalka crossing. The border crossing has been under the control of the Kurdish Peshmerga and the SDF’s security forces since 2013.
US-backed forces will likely use these armored vehicles and ammunition in their ongoing military operation against the remaining ISIS fighters on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Supplying the SDF with military equipment will likely increase the already high tension between the U.S. and Turkey, which views the Kurdish-dominated group as a threat to its national security. A day earlier, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the US’ lack of commitment to its agreements with his country.