QAMISHLO – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been provided with Google maps and Samsung tablets to provide targets to US-coalition warplanes to fight the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), but the Turkey-backed Syrian rebels haven’t received the same technology.
“We have not provided the [non-SDF] rebels in northern Aleppo with similar technology,” said Col. Steve Warren, US-led coalition’s Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson.
Moreover, the US-led coalition is worried about tensions between rebel factions and the Kurdish-led SDF forces.
“The recent problems between the rebels and the SDF in northern Aleppo concern us,” Warren said.
“That said, the friction has not affected the support that we are providing them. Of course we apply pressure to try to prevent such actions from occurring. The recent display of dead bodies by one group was deplorable, and leaders from all corners of this conflict condemned it,” he stated.
The Coalition spokesperson also confirmed that the Vetted Syrian Opposition groups backed by Turkey have trouble holding territory, unlike the SDF forces that have more success in holding territory.
“VSOs have had trouble holding territory that they’ve captured in the northwest. That said, they’ve been resilient. When they get kicked out of a town, they regroup and fight another day,” he said.
“We are pushing to see better training of the moderate groups. We’ve sent up to 300 Special Forces in there. SecDef Carter has said that he’s looking for ways to accelerate the campaign,” Warren added.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News
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