Last week, photos and video footage surfaced on social media, showing a convoy of flatbed trucks loaded with American-made armored military vehicles passing through Syria.
The video was posted on July 18 by Syrian Kurdish activists who are affiliated with the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The activists claimed that the vehicles would be used by the SDF in the fight against Daesh in Raqqa.
U.S armaments & military vehicles being delivered to SDF via trucks toward Raqqa. pic.twitter.com/x49JUOZK8I
— Afarin Mamosta (@AfarinMamosta) July 19, 2017
The vehicles included Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, Mine-Resistant All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs) and armored bulldozers. They were filmed passing through Qamishli, 270 kilometers northeast of Raqqa.
All three vehicle types were previously mentioned in Pentagon reports as assets being supplied to SDF fighters.
“Up-armored vehicles have been delivered to the SDF and [Syrian Arab Coalition] as part of our existing authorities to enable them,” a spokesperson for US military operations in Syria told the media outlet Task & Purpose.
Washington’s support for the SDF is a problematic point between the US and Turkey. The SDF includes members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Ankara considers the YPG to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist organization.
In turn, the US said it notified Turkey of its military support of the YPG. Washington also said that as soon as the Raqqa operation is completed the weapons and equipment supplied by the US would be returned.
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