“My understanding is that it [airdrop] was specifically to Syrian Arab forces and that there were other groups, opposition groups, that may have also been able to recover some of the weaponry as well,” Cook told reporters at the press briefing.
US President Barack Obama, left, gestures while speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, third right, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, second right, and US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, look at him before a bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.
Asked whether the Kurdish forces also succeeded in recovering some of the weapons, Cook said, “Yes, yes. That’s my understanding — Kurdish forces as well.”
Turkey fought an insurrection within its territory by Kurdish forces starting in 1984 that cost 37,000 lives.
Turkey has been a member of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since 1955. However, the United States has begun to increase its aid to Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State following the collapse of the Free Syrian Army over the past year.