The United States will support the Kurds in their fight against IS, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, instead of previously failed FSA trainings program.
“The work we’ve done with the Kurds in northern Syria is an example of an effective approach,” Carter said. “That’s exactly the kind of example that we would like to pursue with other groups in other parts of Syria going forward,” Carter said.
Instead of fighting IS in small units, the U.S.-trained rebels would be attached to larger existing Kurdish and Arab forces, Carter said according to AP.
They would be equipped with U.S. communications gear and trained to provide intelligence and to designate IS targets for airstrikes in coordination with U.S. troops outside of Syria, the officials said.
However, its unclear if the U.S. will also directly support the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, and the FSA with weapons in northern Syria.
On 22 September, CNN reported that U.S. military commanders have proposed a program to provide arms and ammunition to the Syrian Arab Coalition to fight the Islamic state.