Turkish Armed Forces’ Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar on Sept. 16 attended the NATO Military Committee Chiefs of Defense Meeting held in Tirana, Albania. Akar, meeting with his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford, stated that Turkey will not allow a terror corridor covering the northern regions of Syria and Iraq.
Expressing Turkey’s discomfort of the United States’ support to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization, Akar reminded his counterpart that Turkish troops will provide security in the Syria’s Idlib. He also met with the Italian, British and Romanian chiefs of staff at the NATO meeting.
At least 2 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey
Turkish security forces killed at least two PKK terrorists in southeastern province on Friday, Governor’s Office said.According to the statement issued by Sirnak Governor’s Office, Gendarme forces performed a counter-terrorism operation in Silopi district of the province.It said 11 improvised explosive devices recovered in the operation were destroyed in controlled explosions.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and the EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children.
US sends arms worth $2.2 bln to terrorist organizations in Syria
The U.S. has provided approximately US $2.2 billion worth of arms and ammunition to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and other similar terrorist organizations under the guise of fighting against Daesh.A report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) stated that Washington is using “vaguely worded legal documents which obscure Syria as the weapons’ final destination – a practice experts say threatens global efforts to combat arms trafficking and puts the Eastern European governments who sell the weapons and ammunition at risk of breaching international law.”Over $700 million was spent on AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, mortars, and other weapons and ammunition.US sends 70 trucks of arms to PKK/PYD terrorists in Syria“More than $900 million has been contracted to be spent by 2022, and nearly $600 million more has been budgeted or requested by the Trump administration. This brings the grand total of the Pentagon’s intended spending on its Syrian allies to $2.2 billion,” said the report.“The Pentagon is buying the arms through two channels: the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which oversees special operations across all services of the U.S. military, and the Picatinny Arsenal, a little-known U.S. Army weapons facility in New Jersey,” it continued.In this fiscal year alone, SOCOM will purchase a further $172 million in arms comprised of tens of thousands of AK-47s and RPGs and hundreds of millions of ammunition. The U.S. bypasses checks on international weapons trafficking, and omits documentary evidence regarding the final destination of the weapons. Weapons can be diverted to any group, a dangerous practice that puts the global arms control system at risk.“The Pentagon has used highly unusual and misleading legal documentation that exploits a loophole in the system designed to prevent diversions of arms to terrorists, embargoed groups, or war criminals,” the report stated.The report investigated the Pentagon’s weapons shipment to Syria using procurement records, ship-tracking data, official reports, leaked emails, and interviews with insiders.