TURKISH DEFENSE: US SUPPLIED PYD WITH WEAPONRY SUFFICIENT FOR 50 000 FIGHTERS

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Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli claimed that the US has supplied Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing People’s Protection Units (YPG) with weapons and munitions sufficient for 50 thousand fighters.

Speaking at a the annual Georgia Defense and Security Conference, Canikli said that although the US intended to support the fight against ISIS, PYD has Turkey as its “final goal” in mind.

The statement comes amid the rising diplomatic tension between Ankara and Washington. The two countries have recently introduced mutual travel ban after two local staffers of the US Consulate in Turkey were arrested and accused of espionage.

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