The US-led coalition said a first consignment of weapons was already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the Kurds "very quickly".
He earlier said that after Tabqa is secured, the forces will continue operations to "isolate and seize Raqqa".
Ahead of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with Donald Trump in Washington next week, USA defense secretary Jim Mattis met with the Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim in London on Thursday to assure Ankara that the weapons provided to the Kurds would not be used against Turkey and "reiterated US commitment to protecting our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally", White said.
Turkey believes the Kurds in Syria are linked to the PKK.
The news of the USA directly arming Kurdish forces made global headlines and prompted strong condemnations from Turkey, but it is not that drastic a move. The way everyone else sees it, though, Turkey is at war with America's best and only real allies in Syria at a time when every other country on earth wants ISIS destroyed yesterday.
That has infuriated Turkey, which sees the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has fought a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy and rights inside Turkey.
The Pentagon "grew tired of denying reports it was already arming the YPG", former Obama administration official Fred Hof recently told Alex Ward at Vox in an interview.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that US President Donald Trump had approved the arming of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ahead of an attempt to drive Daesh from Raqqah. "We will storm and liberate (Raqqa) city", Qahraman Hassan told AFP. The United States, the European Union and Turkey all agree the YPG is a terrorist organization. A recent bombardment of the PKK position in Sinjar, Iraq, served as a reminder of Turkey's frustration.
Ties have also been strained by Turkey's demand for the extradition of USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Turkey blames for last year's failed coup attempt. Arslan is portrayed by pro-Erdogan media in Turkey as a high-ranking Gulen follower, something he denies.
In remarks to reporters Friday, Erdogan appeared simultaneously to hold out hope that he could persuade Trump to change his mind - and to prepare for failure.
In April 2016, Obama criticised a "troubling" path that Erdogan might be putting Turkey on with respect to freedom of the press, a day after the two leaders met in Washington.
"Trump has prioritized protecting USA national security interests over lecturing allies on democratic values or human rights", said James Phillips, a senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation.
For weeks, policymakers in Ankara had been waiting for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. That is not to say that Turkey would not have any problem with Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria even if its Kurdish policy were more moderate, but Turkey would have not faced so many crises in the region in such a case.
The spat over Syria represents the deepest crisis in bilateral ties since Ankara denied Washington permission to deploy USA troops to attack Iraq from Turkish soil in 2003.
"We have sent a delegation ahead to the USA, and they have held meetings with officials", Erdogan said before he headed to China en route to Washington.
The Kurdish fighters have also proved themselves on the battlefield. "In order to do this, the US evidently prioritized Raqqa over Turkey's objections", Sam Heller, a Beirut-based analyst and fellow at the Century Foundation, told Syria Deeply.
Flynn's lawyers claimed an "escalating public frenzy" against the former aide justified declining the subpoena for his records. Brennan's testimony before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday comes one day after Mr.
That's the first public reaction from Ariana Grande to the explosion outside of her concert in Manchester , England Monday night. Those attacks killed 130 people, including dozens trapped inside an Eagles of Death Metal concert in the Bataclan theatre .
The private sector grew by 2.3 percent or 61,700 jobs, and the public sector increased by 2.6 percent, adding 14,800 jobs. The last time the USA unemployment rate was below 4.4. percent was when it was at 4.3 percent in May 2001, Gedney said.
A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel told AFP he was not aware of any flight taking that course before. If negotiations were to resume, they needed to be about the core issues, not talks about talks, he said.
As at most telecommunications companies, AT&T's wireless business is growing faster and is more profitable than its wireline side. The CWA estimates that AT&T cut roughly 12,000 call center jobs in America and created the same in some foreign country.
In the early to mid-20th century, Ringling, which merged with Barnum & Bailey in 1919, was a much-anticipated event. "It is sad that the show is closing because this is 'The Greatest Show on Earth , '" Evans said.
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After a visit later Tuesday to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem , he is due to give a speech at the Israel Museum. And earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said it would be "extremely ill-advised" for Trump to move the embassy.
Authorities thwarted an opposition push for a referendum past year and have also delayed state gubernatorial elections. Security forces have fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters who have hurled stones, petrol bombs and excrement.
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For the rest of next week things look to stay unsettled with a 40-50% chance for scattered showers and storms each afternoon. Going into Monday , the weather service puts the likelihood of heavy rain at 100-percent, with temperatures in the mid 60s.
The company's My Ride 65 convertible vehicle seats failed a crash test run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . Expected to start July 17, the recall reportedly comes after the NHTSA discovered the webbing problem through a series of tests.
It also said the Palestinian cabinet called for more popular support for the prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 38 days. The status of Jerusalem is the subject of a longstanding US policy debate - and it showed during Trump's trip.
GWS Auctions Inc. of California is auctioning off the jet after it sat on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. However, Presley designed the interior himself, which features red velvet seats with a matching shag carpet.
Despite agreeing to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey declined to testify before the Judiciary Committee. The report said Comey wrote memos describing his interactions with Trump, which he believed were inappropriate.
And this is thought to have helped Mr Rouhani, who received close to 23 million votes out of the 40 million that were cast. Hashemitaba was among the first to predict an outright win for Rouhani as he offered his congratulations Saturday morning.
The Preakness was the first time Always Dreaming was running back on two weeks' rest; he had a five-week gap going into the Derby. It was the first career Triple Crown win for Brown. "He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day", said Pletcher.
Given the trend of nostalgia and reboots, it should come to no surprise that the Terminator franchise will be receiving more life. Speaking to Screen in Cannes, [.] Schwarzenegger confirmed that he will star in a new Terminator film produced by James Cameron.
Chicago's Eddie Butler lasted three-plus innings in his second start of the season, allowing two runs, three hits and five walks. Manager Craig Counsell made the announcement Friday before Milwaukee's series opener at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.