Kurds Account for 80% of US-Trained Syrian Democratic Forces

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About 80 percent of US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces were Kurds, according to Commander of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Kurdish fighters make up roughly 80 percent of US-supported forces in Syria, Commander of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) said in congressional testimony on Tuesday.

"Probably about 80 percent," Votel stated when asked what percentage of Syrian Democratic Forces were Kurds.

In this photo provided by the Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Kurdish fighters of the YPG, sit on their pickup in the town of Ein Eissa, north of Raqqa city, Syria, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The Syrian Democratic Forces is an alliance of mainly Kurdish, but also Arab, Assyrian, Armenian and Turkmen militias.

US-supported forces in Syria, Votel noted, are capable of seizing Raqqa, although that is currently not a plan to either take or hold the Islamic State’s capital.

The Islamic State, also known as Daesh, has been designated as a terrorist group and is outlawed in the United States, Russia and many other countries.

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