USA may have dispersed equipment to Syrian Kurds 'very quickly'

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

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

Mr Erdogan's remarks came a day after the U.S. announced it would arm the fighters as a necessary step to recapture Isil's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

Nasser Haj Mansour, an adviser to the SDF, said the town and the adjacent Tabqa dam were now "completely liberated" after the SDF drove all Islamic State militants out.

YPG fighters backed by US-led coalition air strikes and training have carried out much of the ground war against IS in Syria, and have recaptured a series of towns and villages in the country's north.

"We want to let the enemy worry about when our partner forces are going to start, but in the meantime the coalition will continue hammering the enemy anywhere that they can be found as preparatory fires and shaping efforts to help pave the way for the liberation of the city", he said.

The roughly half-hour meeting in London appeared to be the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington announced on Tuesday plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State.

SDF spokesman Talal Silo said they were able to capture Tabqa "thanks to the sacrifices of the SDF's heroes and with the full, unlimited support of the US -led worldwide coalition", Reuters reported.

The battle for Tabqa was marked by fears that fighting could damage the nearby dam - Syria's largest - with the potential for catastrophic flooding.

Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.

Washington has stepped up its support for the YPG in recent days, announcing it would arm the Kurdish fighters in a break with its previous policy of arming only the Arab groups in the alliance.

On April 27, Turkish warplanes struck YPG forces in Syria and also hit Kurdish forces in neighboring Iraq in what Ankara described as "terrorist havens".

The US-led coalition said a first consignment of weapons was already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the Kurds "very quickly".

Washington is trying to provide Turkey assurances.

"YPG and PKK are both terror groups, there is no difference at all between them".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking during a visit to Montenegro yesterday, said weapons supplied to the YPG had, in the past, fallen into PKK hands.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has spoken out against a US decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters, saying it can not use one terrorist group to try and defeat another.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington next week, has voiced hopes Washington might reverse the decision.

The YPG said on Thursday that it would seek "neighbourly relations" with Turkey. Spokesman Redur Khalil called on Ankara to let go of its "unjustified" fears of the group.

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