YPG vows to build ‘free Syria for all’ following arms shipment – spokesman

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The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) vowed to establish a free Syria following the arrival of heavy arms provided by the United States, YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the US Defense Department announced that President Donald Trump approved a plan to arm the YPG, in order to better fight the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, despite objections from Turkey.

“Our forces … proclaim that we will build Syria, where all people will live together freely, defeating the dark forces with the support of the forces of the international coalition,” the statement read.

Xelil said that the decision, despite being belated, was a sign of trust in the YPG.

“YPG has proved to the whole world, especially the international coalition forces, that it is the main force fighting terrorism,” the spokesperson added.

Ankara considers the YPG to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Turkey, the United States and the European Union.