US supplies weapons to Syrian opposition group: SDF
Dec 17, Damascus: An armed Syrian opposition group has received a batch of weapons from the United States in northern Syria, media reports said.
Taj Kordsh, from the SDF's media office said, "We did receive weapons from the US, which has been backing the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] for a while now with weaponry and air strikes," Al Jazeera reported.
The SDF was founded in Syria's mainly Kurdish northeastern region in October 2015, and is made up of at least 15 armed factions, mostly fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units and the Free Syrian Army. The fighters include Christians, Arabs and about 500 foreign fighters, Kordsh said, adding that some groups in Aleppo and Idlib pledged allegiance to the SDF last month.
The group was originally a united coalition made up of the Kurdish People's Protection Units and Kurdish Women's Protection Units and several smaller groups.
It is not clear how many fighters make up the SDF, but Kordsh confirmed to Al Jazeera that there are at least 30,000 fighters currently active in northern Syria.
The group's mission is to establish a democratic and secular Syria, with the help of other factions that agree with their goals.
The Oslo Times