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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States may start distributing some arms and equipment to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria "very quickly" but it will be done incrementally, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Wednesday.

Despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey, U.S. President Donald Trump this week approved supplying arms to the YPG to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State.

"We've got a certain amount of supply in the country already that was used to equip the Syrian Arab Coalition and some of that may be distributed very quickly," Coalition spokesman U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian told reporters. He did not give a specific timeline but said it would be incremental and provided as needed.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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