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Erdogan angered after US cuts proposed arms deal with Turkey

By Rudaw 19/9/2017
A convoy of US-made weapons arrive in Qamishli, Rojava, Syria destined for the SDF on Tuesday. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
A convoy of US-made weapons arrive in Qamishli, Rojava, Syria destined for the SDF on Tuesday. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Washington is arming “terrorists” for free, after the Trump administration withdrew their proposal to sell arms to Turkish security forces.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration had told Congress that it would allow New Hampshire gun maker Sig Sauer to sell $1.2 million in weapons to the Turkish president’s security detail, including hundreds of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition.

The notification by the administration triggered a period in which Congress would review the agreement before final approval was granted.

US lawmakers began expressing strong opposition to the sale following violence at a protest outside the home of the Turkish ambassador to Washington when Erdogan was visiting the US on May 16.

Video of the protest showed security guards and some Erdogan supporters attacking a small group of protesters with their fists and feet.

Men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. Another wrenched a woman's neck and threw her to the ground. A man with a bullhorn was repeatedly kicked in the face.

The protestors, who included US citizens, as well as Kurds, Yezidis, and Armenians carried anti-Erdogan signs and flags of the YPG.

A total of 19 people, including 15 identified as Turkish security officials, were indicted last month by a grand jury in Washington in connection with the incident.

The Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on demonstrators stating they were linked to the PKK, named a terrorist organization in both Turkey and the US.

The US is providing arms to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting ISIS in northern Syria. The dominant group within the SDF is the Kurdish YPG, which Ankara says is a branch of PKK. The YPG maintains it is distinct from the PKK. 

“We need to fight these terrorists with the US,” Erdogan told PBS in New York on Monday. “We are not able to acquire those weapons from the US, so why are you giving those weapons to terrorists?”

US President Donald Trump and Erdogan are both in New York to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly gathering. 

US lawmakers have asked the State Department to take precautions to ensure no violent incidents occur while Turkish personnel are in New York. 

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Elîşer | 19/9/2017
Hahaha these weapons go now to YPG/SDF. If you want stress the gun barrels will target you too, dictator of the bosporus! The anger and envy in your face ilare better than any money :D
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Yassir Fekaiki | 19/9/2017
why are kurds in syria and turkey and Iran are terrorists and in Iraq are allies? they are all Kurds and all want Independence? and why are the Iraqi Kurds not standing side by side with their brethren in the fight for the Kurdistan nation? Treachery will find its way back to traitors
Guest | 20/9/2017
Here's why.......First of all Erdogan purchased Russian missile defense systems from Russia instead of conforming to the agreement between NATO members to purchase weapons systems used by other members of NATO. There is a reason for compatibility between weapons systems utilized by members of NATO. Second, the U.S. is providing weapons to it's allies, the SDF, in the fight against ISIS. Turkey had an opportunity to join that fight with the U.S. but instead they chose to sit on the sidelines a few hundred yards away and let a few hundred very brave Kurds defend Kobani against several thousand ISIS militants without Turkey so much as lifting a hand to help. Turkey is only an ally to Turkey.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 20/9/2017
Choosing my grammar carefully, on May 16th, Erdogan's security detail needed the "presence" of American weapons --- several Remington 12GA pumps, with buckshot, aimed at their groins.
Dominic Sanders | 20/9/2017
Erdogan is a terrorist and a dictator. SDF is a decent organization that is fighting Isis. Erdogan treat his Kurdish citizen worse than shit. So Erdogan is the worse kind if terrorist. So say I
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