U.S. military aid and armored vehicles have been sent to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Reuters on Friday released several photos of a convoy carrying military supplies and armored vehicles in northern Syria’s Hasaka city, the same location the U.S. previously sent military aid for the group.
On Saturday, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) released photos of the weapons delivery to Arab fighters as well as a recruit training center of the SDF.
A tweet posted on the official account of CENTCOM also called a group of female SDF fighters “the first class of professionally trained female recruits”.
The first class of professionally trained female recruits at training camp, N Syria today pic.twitter.com/DlGTphnSps
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) February 25, 2017
U.S. military officials have not yet released a statement regarding the alleged delivery for the group.
General Joseph Votel, the head of CENTCOM, also made a secret visit to northern Syria where he met with senior SDF officials this week.
SDF spokesman Talal Sello said that Votel “discussed the increase of coordination and support (to the SDF) in the era of Donald Trump.”
“There were promises of heavy weapons in future stages,” Sello said.
U.S. support for the SDF -which includes Kurdish, Assyrian, Turkmen and Arab elements- remains a source of contention between Washington and Ankara.
The SDF is primarily composed of elements of the YPG group, which Turkey sees as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK -a group designated as a terrorist organization by both the U.S. and Turkey.
Washington has refrained from following suit on the YPG but has insisted that its’ training and material support for the SDF does not include the YPG.