US confirms 2nd shipment of arms to Syrian coalition

The US State Department has confirmed a second shipment of ammunition to the Syrian Arab Coalition

US confirms 2nd shipment of arms to Syrian coalition

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. on Tuesday confirmed reports that a second shipment of ammunition was delivered to Syrian Arabs. 

Citing a defense official, some media outlets claimed the U.S. delivered the supplies to the so-called Syrian Arab Coalition, an alleged group of 5,000 Arab forces fighting ISIL in northern Syria. 

"I believe that's correct, there was a second shipment" State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in response to a question on the issue.

He referred reporters to the Defense Department for further details and confirmation.

At the Pentagon, however, officials were not as forthcoming.

An Anadolu Agency e-mail  to the agency requesting further information was met with resistance.

"Due to operational security reasons, I'm not able to provide any future details about resupply moving forward," said Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith. 

But a defense official speaking to Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity said the Pentagon's acknowledgement of Syrian Arab Coalition's progress against ISIL in al-Hawl, north of al-Raqqa, actually means that it has delivered ammunition to the group. 

"We have been saying that we would re-supply Syrian Arab Coalition as they make progress and we see that they have done a significant progress in their fight against ISIL,” said the official. 

Smith also noted that the Pentagon's support to groups fighting ISIL in Syria would be "performance based".

The U.S. conducted an airdrop in northern Syria on Oct. 11, supplying 50 tons of ammunitions to the Syrian Arab Coalition. 

The move has stirred debate about the existence of the group.

Several media outlets reported that the group is a U.S. invention to cover up Washington’s support to Kurdish rebels in Syria – a serious concern for Turkey. 

 

 

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