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The United States has begun to arm the Syrian Kurds along the border with Turkey, numerous international news outlets report.

Weapons distribution to the Kurdish militia is aimed at retaking the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terrorist organization.

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This comes despite fierce opposition from America’s NATO ally, Turkey, which has been engaged in its own private war against the Syrian Kurds for several years.

Turkey believes the Syrian Kurds are linked to the PKK (also known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party) which is recognized as a terrorist organization not only by Turkey, but also by NATO, the United States, the European Union and by Israel.

No evidence, however, has been presented to prove a connection between the PKK and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who are determined to destroy ISIS and rescue their own communities in Syria.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.