BREAKING: United States Moves To Arm Kurds In Syria

HOLE, SYRIA - NOVEMBER 09: November 9, 2015 in Hassica, Rojava, Syria. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The United States military plans to arm Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State in Syria “very quickly,” per Free Beacon.

The distribution of weapons and ammunition will occur despite opposition from Turkey, a NATO ally.

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“We’ve got a certain amount of supply in the country already that was used to equip the Syrian Arab Coalition and some of that may be distributed very quickly,” Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS, told Pentagon reporters.

Dorrian said he did not have an exact timeline detailing when the Kurdish fighters would receive the weapons, but said any equipment provided by the United States would be “metered out” and aligned with specific tasks involved in the operation to retake Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

President Trump approved the action earlier this week, and was immediately met with harsh criticism by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan accused the President of “siding with terrorists.”

Trump and Erdogan have a meeting scheduled next week in Washington.

Experts have said the move makes sense from a U.S. military standpoint, but was bound to anger Turkey.

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