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The Pentagon announcement that it would directly arm Syrian Kurds has been quickly followed by Kurdish militias taking the Dabqa dam, a key lever on the road to the Islamic State stronghold Raqqa. Could victory now be in sight? The Trump administration’s announcement bolsters the boots on the ground, and has also enraged Erdogan who claims Kurds are says are in cohoots with the PKK insurgency he’s fighting near his southeastern border. What will Erdogan get from his trip to Washington next week?
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Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Christopher DAVIS.
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