31 May '16, 5pm

Turkey, US Diverge Over Procurement and Security

Turkey, US Diverge Over Procurement and Security

Turkey sought in 2009 US permission to acquire MQ-9 Reapers but Turkish officials recently said the country has moved on by developing its own system and does not need the US armed drone systems. (Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images) 152 CONNECT TWEET 43 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE ANKARA, Turkey — NATO allies Turkey and the United States are exhibiting increasingly divergent positions over procurement matters and their joint campaign against radical Islamist terrorism in Syria and Iraq, giving signals of conflicting security priorities. “This is worrying,” said one NATO diplomat in Ankara. “We hope the [US-Turkish] differences should not cause any operational weakness or lack of cohesion [in the allied campaign].” Turkey’s top procurement official said Sunday that a US restriction on the sale of some weapon systems has driven Turkey to develop its own technologies. “I don’t...

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