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US Halted Joint Drone Intelligence Program With Turkey Due to “Operation Peace Spring”: Reuters Report

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US Halted Joint Drone Intelligence Program With Turkey Due to "Operation Peace Spring": Reuters Report

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The US has scrapped a joint US-Turkish drone-based intelligence program, over Ankara’s Operation Peace Spring invasion of northern Syria in October 2019, according to four anonymous US officials.

The cancellation of the “crucial” program was reportedly entire based on Turkey’s operation against the US-backed Kurdish forces.

Under the program, the US flew drone-based intelligence-gathering missions targeting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkey-based Kurdish militia group waging a guerilla campaign against Ankara. The PKK is deemed a terrorist organization by both the US and Turkey.

The missions have been happening since 2007 and were flown out of Incirlik Air Base, with the gathered intelligence shared with Turkish authorities.

The missions reportedly included the use of drones to survey on territories in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish area in northern Iraq.

The Pentagon provided no comment on the rumored operation, but said that the US had designated PKK as terrorists in 1997.

“We have supported Turkey in their fight against the PKK in many ways for decades. As a matter of policy, we do not provide details on operational matters,” the spokeswoman said.

The US State Department said the US provides no comment on intelligence matters.

Officials from the Turkish defense ministry did not respond to a request for comment, but an unnamed Turkish official confirmed the program was stopped.

The Turkish official said that this, however, strained the relations between Ankara and Washington further.

“In recent years, Turkey has not been struggling to obtain the information it needs through drones it produces itself,” the Turkish official said. “However, as an ally the steps taken on this issue do not contribute to ties between the two countries.”

The supposed cancellation of the alleged program puts a challenge before Turkey’s intelligence and military capabilities, when it is deployed on multiple fronts in Syria, as well as increasing the scope of its involvement in Libya.

“This makes the anti-PKK campaign more difficult and more costly for Turkey,” one of the four anonymous U.S. officials said.

Turkey has wide ambitions for both northern, as well as northeastern Turkey, where the Syrian Arab Army is mounting a very effective offensive against the Turkish-backed militants in Idlib. Turkey has threatened to initiate another operation, this time against the SAA in the area.

Damascus has repeatedly rejected the uninvited presence of foreign troops on its soil, and has promised to regain all of its territories under its internationally recognised borders, by force if necessary.


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Zionism = EVIL

Americunts will sell out their fat lardass mom, and they do, and secondly they hate the inferior dumb Turkeys and tolerate them only as cannon fodder for NATO. Now there is no need for that even.


First off, this is from Reuters, who is suspect, as is anything they report. Second, sounds like a load of manure, as Turkey and US goals are still in accordance, regardless the appearance. The goal is continued upheaval and chaos. Any report showing antipathy between Turkey and the US is about as reliable as info on supposed US/Israeli disagreements. For public consumption and little else. As Libya shows, the object is continued fighting, wherein anything can (and usually does) happen. Any feigned problems are just that. Notice how PompAss has supported Turkeys supposed attacks on SAA (while Erdo asks the US to continue to support his terrorists?). Just more smoke and mirrors.


“Turkey has wide ambitions for both northern, as well as northeastern TURKEY, where the Syrian Arab Army…” = typo
should be:
“Turkey has wide ambitions for both northern, as well as northeastern SYRIA, where the Syrian Arab Army…”

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