ERBIL — The United States has allocated $300 million in its 2019 defence budget to train and equip the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which is led by the Syrian Kurdish forces.
The budget bill was signed by President Donald Trump earlier on Friday. It was revealed Monday that Washington has also allocated $250 million to form a border security force in the SDF-held territories in Syria.
For its train-and-equip programs in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon totally receives $1.8 billion, which has increased from the previous year’s $1.4 billion.
The money allocated for the SDF's training is part of the spending in border security requirement in the anti-Islamic State missions.
Pentagon has also requested $850 million for the training programs planned for the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga troops and the Iraqi armed forces.