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esident Trump brushing past fierce opposition from NATO ally, Turkey, on Thursday evening. Approving the supply of arms to Kurdish forces in Syria as they fight to take back control in the Islamic states stronghold of Raqqa. Washington says, it'll supply weapons to Kurdish members of a wider US backed coalition, but Turkey sees those Kurds as terrorists.
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In fact, last month, they carried out air strikes on them, killing around 30 fighters. Turkey hasn't publicly responded to Trump's decision yet, but the Pentagon stressed that arming the Kurdish forces is quote necessary to ensure a clear victory in Raqqa, the city is Islamic states defacto capital in Syria and has become a hub for planning the groups attacks in the west.
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Turkish supporters has been critical to the battle against ISIS, but the significance of the fight for Raqqa seems to have pushed the US to look beyond that, something that will, no doubt, cast a shadow over Washington when Turkish president Erdogan visits next week.