New training range a key resource air force head general says
A military training range in south-east Turkey is helping to develop the local army, a military chief has said.
A defence ministry official told AFP the air force academy will soon be opened in Turkey and provide training to members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a group fighting ISIS.
It is part of the first phase of a $17.3bn (£13.1bn) project to equip the Turkish armed forces.
The Air Mobility Operations Centre (AMOC) is meant to train both the ground and air forces of the YPG. The country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the YPG, an armed Kurdish group, of helping ISIS.
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It has been a key factor in the Turkish army’s gains in its attempt to encircle the predominantly Kurdish north-east of the country.
Turkey accuses the YPG, in northern Syria, of planning to establish an independent Islamic state in the area. The United States, France, Britain and Germany have all made it clear they will not send ground troops into Syria to fight.
Kurdish President Abdullah Gunatyasastra.coml condemned the move as a “barbaric and brutal” violation of sovereignty and independence.
Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters clash with ISIS in Syria
AMOC is being built in the Syrian port city of al-Bab on the Turkish border and is expected to be ready in August. It is expected to have around 60 Turkish soldiers working in it.
Gul visited the air force academy in October and was met with a warm welcome, with hundreds of soldiers in white uniforms signing a book of gratitude for the training they got under his watch.