03-24-2017, 05:24 PM
The US-led coalition fighting ISIL faces "tough decisions" on how much it should support Kurdish fighters in an offensive to reclaim Raqqa from the armed group, a senior US politician warned on Wednesday.
Senator John McCain said the Trump administration is weighing the thorny issue of giving the Kurds heavy arms and a major role in the upcoming battle, which would infuriate key ally Turkey.
"The conundrum is that if you don't use the Kurds, takes a lot longer," McCain told reporters.
"But if you do, you have an enormous challenge as far as relations with Turkey are concerned, including things like the use of Incirlik," he added, referring to the Turkish airbase used heavily by the coalition to hit ISIL targets in northern Syria.
More at: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/john-mccain-warns-tough-decisions-syrian-kurds-170322194039674.html