The US has delivered its advanced Javelin and TOW anti-tank missile systems to the Kurdish Self-Defence Forces (YPG), based in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, the Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit cited sources as saying.

The sources claimed that right now, Turkey’s special forces are trying to track these systems, as the YPG is “preparing a trap for Turkish tanks which are ready to enter Manbij”.

The reported developments come after Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar reiterated during his meeting with Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Turkey’s call on the US to promptly withdraw the US-backed YPG forces from Manbij.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Ankara would launch a military operation east of the Euphrates River if the US failed to withdraw its troops from the Arab Republic in time.

In a separate development this week, President Donald Trump, for his part, warned on his Twitter page that the US will “devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds”.

The US support for Kurdish militants, who have been fighting Daesh in Syria, remains a major sticking point in relations between Washington and Ankara. Turkey considers the YPG to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is banned by Ankara as a terrorist organisation.

The issue has intensified since Trump declared victory over Daesh in December 2018, claiming that he would withdraw some 2,000 US troops from Syria. When addressing the matter, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the US would ensure that the Turkish military does not massacre the Kurdish militants.

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In May of that year, Erdogan slammed Washington for arming Kurdish “terrorists” and presumed that those weapons would be eventually used against the Turkish Army.

“Thousands of trucks and cargo planes with weapons have arrived [in Syria],” the Turkish president said. “When we tell them [the US] about it, they respond by saying that they will take the weapons back — a scenario that we saw in Iraq. Their weapons are in the hands of the PKK [the Kurdistan Workers’ Party]. If a tenth of their allocation for the killing of people would have been spent on humanitarian aid, there would be no questions”, he said.

Trump approved the provision of small arms, ammunition, machine guns, and armoured vehicles to Kurdish fighters in May 2017, with the aim of expelling Daesh from its stronghold in Raqqa.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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Stern Daler

It is in the hands of Erdogan Sultan whether those weapons would be eventually used against the Turkish Army. This army will not get into problems or danger when its soldiers and equipment stay North of the Syrian border.

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It just remains Afrin, Shabah and Idlib OCCUPIED by the GENOCIDALS …

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Not directly in touch with “east” Rojava

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Stern Daler

@Human, the same as implied before. As far as any area is South of the Syrian border – The Sultan’s fault, if Turkish Armed Forces are hit.

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Absolutely, Stern!

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WOW, FGM-148 Javelin! 1st time it goes to a non-state “actor”. The Yanks are not joking, things are really getting serious! Javelin is fire’n’forget (unlike most of ATMs, you don’t need to keep the vehicle, even a moving one, in sight until it hits. You launch and take cover to reload immediately) and hits OVER the tank, straight over the turret where tanks are the weaker, moreover, the warhead is much more powerful than a TOW (about the double). Unless you have an interception system like Israeli ‘Trophee’, ANY MBT (main battle tank) is toasted if into a 4,750m range,… Read more »

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Wonderful update. I really don’t know how come almasdarnews is allowing you to post such a large text as a Guest 🙂 If I type more than 2 lines an automatic message comes with a message comments are under moderation 🙂

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I agree, this doesn’t really make sense. It’s 174,000 dollars a shot, which would make it more expensive than the tanks they fired upon. Many countries are not allowed to even buy them and that’s the US’ “allies.” A battalion of tanks is about 56 tanks, so Idt 2 guys on ATVs can devastate them. On the other hand the Hezbollah anti-tank teams with the Kornets, would. They just have dozens of them and they practice swarming and evasion. The US still doesn’t admit to having lost any Abrams, when I’ve seen pictures of 6 destroyed. I’m not aware of… Read more »

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A main battle tank will cost you anywhere from 4 to ten million $, so it renains a goodcdeal.

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This is all based on a story in one Turkish newspaper. How reliable is their reporting and what are these “sources” they got their information from? Yeni Akit is said to be an Islamic fundamentalist paper with close ties to President Erdogan, so I suspect that this story is not entirely accurate. It would suit Erdogan’s plans to let it be believed that the Kurds are receiving advanced weaponry, because then he could claim that an attack on them is necessary now, before they can distribute these weapons to their forces. Personally I seriously doubt that the US would deliver… Read more »

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willyvandamme

On Friday Lindsey Graham says he supports Turkey with regards to the YPG/PKK. On Sunday the US delivers TOW-Missiles to the YPG/PKK what the US considers to be terrorists. They call this ‘foreign policy’.