US to Give Turkey Ammunition for Syria’s Idlib

White House says US willing to provide military aid for conflict

While Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the US has no interest in reentering the Syrian War to back Turkey, the White House says that the US is willing to provide military aid to Turkey for the fight, including a recently committed influx of ammunition.

The State Department downplayed the comments, made by US Special Envoy James Jeffrey, saying that they weren’t really new policy, but rather that he just stated the policy as it already existed.

It comes as US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft visited northern Syria to meet with White Helmets, and to pledge US aid money to them for the humanitarian crisis there.

Officials are keen to make the humanitarian crisis wholly Syria’s fault, and support for Turkey’s war there as having humanitarian intentions, though specifically Turkey is looking to reinstall Islamist rebels into the area just so Syria won’t have it.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.