The United States started distributing arms to Syrian Kurdish militia battling to help retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, moving ahead with a war plan that has angered NATO ally Turkey which said that this move is ‘extremely dangerous‘, Reuters and AFP reports.
“We have begun to transfer small arms and vehicles to the Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces,” Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway told reporters on Tuesday.
US decided not to arm the Syriac Military Council (Christian military organisation) and they will only give arms to Kurdish and Arab allies in the SDF (multi-ethnic and multi-religious alliance of Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Armenian, Turkmen, Circassian and Chechen) fighting ISIS in the North of Syria.
“Since 2013 we as Syriac-Assyrian Christians have worked together with our Kurdish and Arab allies in Northern Syria. Together we established our self-administration and together we have defended ourselves against ISIS. Equality of men and women and real freedom of religion as well as democratic cooperation between ethnic and religious groups have been realized in The Federation of Northern Syria,” a spokesperson of the Syriac Military Council said.
“For reasons we do not understand the US will however only give arms to our Kurdish and Arab allies in the SDF. Unfortunately once again we as Syriac Military Council have been marginalized and excluded from the American military arms support to the Syrian Democratic Forces. And our Kurdish and Arab allies do agree with us that this is not right,” he added.
Christian militia counts on the Bethnahrin Women’s Protection Forces, an all-female Assyrian military and police organisation based in al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria. “We are ready to march to Raqa for all the women of the world,” Christian Female Commander Nisha Gewriye (picture on the left) said.