Syrian Kurds clear mines after taking town, dam from IS

Syrian Democratic Forces female forces carry water supplies on the bank of the Euphrates river west of Raqqah city Syria

Turkey slammed the USA decision to arm the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers terrorists but which Washington sees as an indispensable ally in the fight against IS.

In the meantime, Turkey's defense minister declared that the move to arm the Kurds is a "crisis", adding to the statement from the Turkish deputy prime minister that the decision is "unacceptable". Turkey views those Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists, or as allied with terrorists, due to their connection to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the PKK militant group, which wants to carve out its own independent state within Turkey.

Dorrian said the SDF fully isolated IS fighters in the Taqba dam, the largest dam in Syria which is a key source of electricity for the region, from the rest of the city.

The SDF, a multi-ethnic group which includes Kurdish fighters and Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) fighters, had been battling Islamic State for weeks in Tabqa, about 40 kilometers west of Raqqa, with the help of coalition airstrikes and US special forces advisers.

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In an effort to retake ISIS' last major stronghold, President Trump has approved arming Kurdish forces in Syria despite opposition from Turkey. A high-level Turkish delegation including Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Turkey's spy chief Hakan Fidan has been in the U.S. laying the groundwork for the meeting. We will work very closely with Turkey in support of their security on their southern border.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that Trump had authorized the arming and equipping of "Kurdish elements" of the SDF "to ensure a clear victory" in Raqqa.

On Wednesday morning, the Turkish government denounced the U.S. decision.

I hope they turn back from this mistake. "Such a policy will not be beneficial - you can't be in the same sack as terrorist organisations".

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The YPG militia says the decision is "historic" and a "sign of confidence" in the group, in a statement released Wednesday. It said warplanes, thought to belong to the US-led military coalition, hit al-Salihiya village.

Mr Cavusoglu said Mr Erdogan would discuss the issue with Mr Trump during his planned visit to Washington next Tuesday and Wednesday, suggesting there were no plans to call off the talks in protest. John Dorrian, said that after Tabqa is secured, the Syrian Kurdish-led forces will continue operations to "isolate and seize Raqqa".

With airstrikes and special forces from the USA -led coalition, the SDF are advancing on Raqqa, Islamic State's base of operations in Syria, to ultimately take the city.

She did not mention what would be provided, but other U.S. officials indicated that it might include 120mm mortars, machine-guns and lightly-armoured vehicles.

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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, have been battling IS for control of Tabqa for weeks and recently have received heavier weaponry from the United States to bolster their campaign in a move that alienated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey.

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