An old friend and retired journalist sent me this link to a WashPost story datelined Ain Issa, Syria. The reporter, Liz Sly, is someone with whom he covered the Iran-Iraq war; he recommends her on-scene effort to tell the story about what's happening in Northeast Syria. The accompanying map shows that Ain Issa is not far from Raqqa, where there have been reports of efforts to retake the city from ISIL.
What is of particular interest is the Kurdish-Arab "coalition" assembled to carry on the fight with weapons supplied by U.S. airdrops.
A key point: "Fifty tons of ammunition airdropped by the U.S. military last week and intended for Arab groups has instead been claimed by the overall command of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which is fighting alongside Arab units but overwhelmingly dominates their uneasy alliance...."
According to Sly that makes Turkey more than unhappy because they don't want the Kurds with better weapons than they already have. And then, the Kurds aren't sure they want to use those weapons to liberate what is essentially an Arab city. And the Arabs? They claim that they can't proceed because they have only AK-47s. "The morale of our guys is very high, but we need support. We need weapons..."
And then there's this: "'We also need boots,' added Abu Mohammed al-Ansari, a gray-bearded fighter, pointing to the plastic sandals on his feet.
P.S. By highlighting the absurdist aspects, I didn't mean to deter those more knowledgeable from discerning real intelligence from the report.