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    Trump Approves Arming Kurds Despite Turkey’s Objections

    “You can’t be in the same sack as terrorist organizations.” So said Turkey’s deputy prime minister as he condemned President Trump’s decision to arm Kurdish troops in Syria. The Kurdish YPG militia is currently fighting ISIS, and American military officials have long advocated sending weapons to help them recapture Raqqa. But that’s a red line for Ankara, which views the YPG as an extension of outlawed Kurdish separatist groups. Turkey says it hopes the U.S. will “turn back” the policy and focus on training and arming Syrian rebels instead.

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