Kurdish fighters stand beside US military vehicles in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, Syria (29 April 2017)

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The US deployed armoured autos to guard YPG fighters after current Turkish air strikes

Turkey’s deputy prime minister says the US resolution to produce weapons to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in Syria is “unacceptable”.

Arming the Standard Safety Items (YPG) would “not be useful”, Nurettin Canikli advised A Haber TV.

Ankara says the YPG is an extension of the Kurdistan Employees’ Occasion (PKK), designated a terrorist group by the US.

The PKK insurgency to safe Kurdish autonomy in Turkey has killed 1000’s of individuals.

Washington says the YPG is crucial to the operation to seize the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

The YPG leads the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that has pushed IS militants from about 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) of northern Syria over the previous two years with the assistance of US-led coalition air strikes and army advisers.

On Tuesday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White introduced that President Donald Trump had given his authorisation to “equip Kurdish parts of the Syrian Democratic Forces as mandatory to make sure a transparent victory” over IS in Raqqa.

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SDF fighters try to isolate Raqqa earlier than launching an assault on town

Ms White additionally burdened the Pentagon was “keenly conscious” of Turkey’s issues.

“We need to reassure the individuals and authorities of Turkey that the US is dedicated to stopping extra safety dangers and defending our Nato ally.”

“The US continues to prioritise our help for Arab parts of the SDF. Raqqa and all liberated territory ought to return to the governance of native Syrian Arabs.”

The Pentagon has beforehand armed solely Arab elements of the SDF.

On Wednesday morning, the Turkish authorities denounced the US resolution.

“We can’t settle for the presence of terrorist organisations that may threaten the way forward for the Turkish state,” Mr Canikli told A Haber in an interview.

“We hope the US administration will put a cease to this mistaken and switch again from it. Such a coverage won’t be useful – you may’t be in the identical sack as terrorist organisations.”

The YPG and its political arm, the Democratic Union Occasion (PYD), denies any direct hyperlinks with the PKK, which is waging an insurgency in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy.

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US-led coalition army advisers are already aiding YPG fighters

The BBC’s Mark Lowen in Istanbul says the US resolution is a big slap within the face of its ally, which has constantly mentioned arming the Kurds can be its “purple line”.

Ankara is especially irked that it was introduced days earlier than President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Mr Trump in Washington and as Turkish high-level officers have been there urging the White Home to not go forward, our correspondent provides.

Mr Erdogan has argued that the YPG must be excluded from the Raqqa offensive and urged the US to change to supporting a Syrian Arab insurgent drive that has pushed IS out of a border space up to now 12 months with the assistance of the Turkish army.

Ms White mentioned the tools offered to the Kurds – who make up 40% of the SDF’s 50,000 fighters, in keeping with US-led coalition officers – can be “restricted, mission particular and metered out incrementally as goals are reached”.

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Civilians have been fleeing the Raqqa space in anticipation of the SDF’s assault

She didn’t point out what can be offered, however different US officers indicated that it would embrace 120mm mortars, machine-guns and lightly-armoured autos.

A senior Kurdish official told the Related Press that the US resolution carried “political that means” and “legitimise the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces”. However Ilham Ahmed warned it could doubtless be met with “aggression” from Turkey.

Final month, Turkish air strikes in northern Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar area killed no less than 20 members of the YPG and 5 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters.