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US faces uphill battle recouping arms from Syrian Kurds

As the fight against the Islamic State winds down, the Donald Trump administration says it plans to get back the weapons it loaned to Kurdish troops opposed by Turkey.
A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) looks out of a window in Raqqa, Syria June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC14F5DB6150

The Donald Trump administration plans to ask Kurdish fighters in Syria to return US weapons loaned for the fight against the Islamic State (IS), but the administration is not ending all support despite growing pressure from NATO ally Turkey.

The message from White House and Pentagon officials on Monday appeared to walk back assertions from Turkey’s top diplomat that Trump had promised to cease support to Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Turkey considers the group’s Kurdish faction, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to be a terrorist group.

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