Russian Fighter Jets for Turkey; French Troops Killed Leading Terrorists; Turkey Bombs Iraqi Villages
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Erdogan says Turkey may purchase Russian warplanes
Ankara may purchase Russian warplanes if the United States cancels the delivery of the F-35 aircraft, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday.
“When we bought the S-400 [missile systems], we did not ask anyone [for permission], so if we make a decision, we will purchase them,” Erdogan said, when asked if Ankara could make an agreement with Moscow on the delivery of Russian fighter jets.
“If the F-35 issue is not resolved, we will take the necessary steps,” the Turkish leader added.
On October 25, Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper reported that Ankara and Moscow were close to striking a deal on the delivery of 36 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters. On October 22, Heof of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said that consultations on the possible delivery of the Su-35 and the Su-57 aircraft were underway but the parties were not discussing a contract.
On October 29, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar rejected media reports about Ankara’s plans to purchase the Su-35 planes.
France says troops kill a leading jihadist in the Sahel
French troops killed one of the Sahel region’s leading jihadists, France’s defence minister said on Tuesday.
Ali Maychou was the No. 2 in command of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), an umbrella group for al Qaeda-linked insurgents in West Africa’s Sahara.
Violence by Islamist militants has proliferated in the sparsely-populated Sahel in recent years, with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State using central and Northern Mali as a launch pad for attacks across the largely desert region.
Turkey bombs Sinjar villages in Iraq where genocide survivors live
Turkey’s attacks on Syria and Iraq escalated on Tuesday as its warplanes bombed Sinjar two days in a row, striking at villages inhabited by the Yazidi minority.
Yazidis survived the ISIS genocide by they have been targeted in both Afrin in Syria, which Turkey invaded in January 2018, and in eastern Syria where Turkey is carrying out an invasion against Kurdish fighters. Turkey claims it is fighting “terrorists,” but locals say airstrikes and attacks by Turkish-backed militants have caused civilians to flee.
Turkey claims it is operating against “security concerns,” but its attacks on Syria have led to 200,000 people fleeing, including 14,425 who had to flee all the way to Iraq and now live in refugee camps in the Kurdistan autonomous region.
In Sinjar Yazidis were subjected to genocide by ISIS in 2014, thousands of them massacred and their bodies dumped in mass graves. 3,000 of them, mostly women and children kidnapped and enslaved by ISIS, are still missing.
Turkey did not operate to stop the genocide in 2014 and when ISIS occupied areas along its border near Tel Abyad Turkey did not invade Syria. However, once members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units had helped save Yazidis and helped defeat ISIS in areas such as Kobane and Tel Abyad in northern Syria, Turkey invaded the area.
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Source: TASS, Reuters, TJP