Mar 31 2018

U.S. freezing funds for YPG-held areas – AA

U.S. President Donald Trump is freezing over $200 million in recovery funding for areas of Syria held by the majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Turkish state news agency Anadolu said.

Citing a report by the Wall Street Journal, the news agency noted that the move came following Trump’s announcement at a rally that his country would soon be withdrawing from Syria.

Trump is said to be “reassessing” the United States’ role in the Syria conflict as a whole following his firing of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

However, Trump still pledged to take over 100 percent of Islamic State-held territory in Syria before withdrawing from the country.

The news will come as a double blow to the YPG, who had hoped that the continued presence of an international coalition in the Syrian region of Manbij would deter Turkey from carrying out a military operation there similar to its recent successful operation in Afrin.