U.S. spending $500m to threaten Turkey – Sabah columnist

The United States is training and equipping Kurdish forces in Syria for a future fight against Turkey, columnist Fahrettin Altun wrote in the pro-government Sabah newspaper.

“The U.S. has devoted $500 million from this year’s budget to nurture and raise, to train and equip the People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the Pentagon,” Altun wrote. “$300 million of it will be spent for ‘training and equipment’ and $250 million for ‘border security needs’.”

“So who will these trained and equipped terrorists point their guns and throw their bombs at? The non-existent Islamic State (ISIS)? Iran? No! At Turkey.”

The issue was not the United States not understanding or caring about Turkish sensitivities over the issue, Altun said, but that it was acting in exactly the opposite manner.

“Turkey is a country that will determine its own national security threat priorities,” he said.

“The U.S. has no right to tell Turkey what is and is not a threat to it.”