U.S. preparing arms sale to Turkey to fight terror group
An AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) takes off from Combat Outpost Ouellette, Afghanistan. Photo: U.S. Marines
October 28th, 2011
10:37 AM ET

U.S. preparing arms sale to Turkey to fight terror group

By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

The Obama administration may transfer combat helicopters from existing Marine inventory to Turkey the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Friday.

The DSCA has formally notified Congress of a possible sale of AH-1W Super Cobra Attack helicopters to Turkey. The notification was required under the U.S. Arms Export Control Act.

Turkey's ongoing fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, is one of the reasons for the proposed sale a State Department official told CNN.

The helicopters would "improve Turkey's capability for self defense, modernization, regional security, and interoperability with U.S. and other NATO members," the DSCA said in a press release. "AH-1W helicopters are already in the Turkish Land Forces Command inventory and will further enhance Turkey's ground defense capabilities."

The sale, with an estimated cost of $111 million, would also include associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

If the sale went forward, the helicopters would not alter the basic military balance in the region, or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement between Turkey and Cyprus the DSCA said.

Twenty-four Turkish soldiers were killed and 18 injured during an attack by PKK forces in southeastern Turkey last week. It was the worst assault by the PKK on Turkish forces in years. Turkey has since launched a massive military campaign against PKK strongholds, including cross-border attacks into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

The PKK has been designated a terrorist group by the United States government.

The only Muslim-majority country in the NATO alliance, Turkey is a critical ally to the United States, both in the region and globally. Last month, Turkey agreed to host an early warning radar system, part of a NATO missile defense system meant to counter ballistic missile threats from country's like Iran.

While notice of a potential sale is required by law, it does not mean a sale has been completed the DSCA said.

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  1. John

    Turkey helps us in Afghanistan, Somalia, Balkans and at other places. We should help our NATO ally as well

    October 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  2. Hamma Mirwaisi

    It is wrong to sell Turkey weapons to be use against the PKK?
    PKK are not an enemy of the USA, they are fighting for Kurdish people right in Turkey. The Kurds under the leadership of PKK wants to be friend of the US, EU and Israel.
    Turkey’s Islamic Government are not friend of Israel and USA
    PKK are not an ally of Iran and Syria in the upcoming war in the region. Turkey’s Islamist Governments are trying to revive Ottoman Empire by using the US and EU.
    Kurd wants to be friend of the US, EU and Israel but so far the US and EU preferring friendship with Islamist of Turkey instead of Aryan Kurds under the leadership of PKK.
    Time will tell that the US and EU are wrong, supporting Islamist Turkey are going to bring more problem for the US and EU interest in Middle East and Asia. Islamist Turkey are using the US and EU.
    Islamist PM of Turkey is an ally of Islamic terrorist organization in the Arab world. Turks are standing up against Israel and Jews today and they are going to stand up against the US and EU tomorrow.
    PM of Turkey was trying to use Shi’a Iran and the US but Islamic Shi’a of Iran is aware of his double face policies.
    PKK are not part of Iran and Turkey’s conflict in Syria.
    PKK are seeking peace for Kurds within Turkey and the region.

    October 30, 2011 at 7:49 am | Reply
  3. Pistoya

    This is not enough. We need boots on the ground. We need generals to stand up for an invasion to cleanse the area of Muslim insurgents. A boots on the ground approach combined with about 15,000 drones would be the best approach to killing these cockroaches off.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Ayatollah Bear

      Would you like to volunteer?

      Also if you have some of those 15,000 drones spare, hit a brother up. Uncle Sam could sure use them.



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      October 29, 2011 at 4:00 am | Reply

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