Washington decided to resume equipping Kurdish groups within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to increase their combat capabilities ahead of the upcoming battle for Raqqa against ISIS.

“Overall, the equipment the US-led coalition will provide to the SDF includes small arms, ammunition, heavy machine guns and weapons capable of defeating specific threats our partner forces are expected to encounter as they take the fight to a desperate enemy, such as heavily-armored vehicle-borne IEDs”, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said May 30.

Counter-IED weapons are basically TOW systems capable to destroy tanks. The Kurdish groups also receive different sorts of armored combat vehicles.

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