Statement on erroneous media reports regarding trucks entering Syria

Inaccurate reports by several outlets over the past few days have erroneously claimed that the United States has sent “tanks” and “hundreds of truckloads of weapons” into Syria to support the YPG.

These reports ignore basic facts about the current situation in Syria. The United States has not provided tanks to any groups fighting Daesh in Syria.

The majority of U.S. military assistance, which consists primarily of light weapons and ammunition, has supported Syrian Arab Coalition elements of the SDF. The Syrian Arabs who comprise the SAC are fighting to expel Daesh and regain control of their homes.

A much smaller percentage of weapons given to Kurdish elements of the SDF are limited, specific to task and are only provided due to their importance in helping achieve the goal shared by all of us – i.e., the capture of Raqqa and the destruction of Daesh. We continue to provide full transparency to the government of Turkey as to what weapons are being delivered to the YPG.

The vast majority of trucks crossing the Iraqi/Syrian border do not contain military equipment or supplies.  They contain foodstuffs, medicine, and other essential supplies needed to ensure the health and safety of internally-displaced persons within Syria and to help them meet their basic needs and stabilize them where they are.

Erroneous reporting suggesting otherwise is dangerous and distracts from our joint desire and objective to destroy Daesh and support those affected by its violence.