02:37 GMT +327 February 2017
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    Pentagon OKs $683 Million Smart Bomb Deal for Turkey

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    As the Turkish government escalates tensions across the Middle East, the Pentagon has authorized a multimillion dollar deal to sell smart bombs to Ankara.

    Last December, the Turkish government deployed a battalion of 25 tanks and roughly 1560 troops into northern Iraq. Acting without Baghdad’s permission, the move was roundly condemned as a breach of sovereignty. Ankara has also been engaged its own internal war against Kurdish communities in the country’s southeast, with the death toll reaching some 5,000 people.

    Now, with all parties honoring the Syrian ceasefire, Turkey is threatening to plunge its neighbor back into the five-year civil war.

    "[The Turkish government] view themselves as victims and losing parties in the Syrian war," Germany’s Telepolis magazine noted. "For this reason they will resort to provocations until the ceasefire is shattered."

    Despite Turkey’s destabilizing influence in the region, Washington has chosen to award a $682.9 million contract which will provide Ankara with an undisclosed number of smart bombs.

    "The deal came timely as we are deeply engaged in asymmetrical warfare and need smart bombs," one Turkish military official said, according to Defense News.

    The contract was granted to Ellwood National Forge and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, and includes the sale of of an unnamed number of BLU-109 bunker busters. These bombs contain roughly 550 pounds of a high explosive compound known as tritonal, and thanks to tail fuse delays, the bomb’s detonation is stalled until it reaches its intended underground target.

    This is the first such sale to Turkey by US defense contractors, and Ankara expects the transaction to be completed by 2020.

    Despite its continuing aggression, Turkey is a key NATO ally, so Washington’s complicity in Ankara’s actions do not come as a surprise.

    The US has also played an active role in Saudi Arabia’s Yemen campaign, providing the bombs used during Riyadh’s air campaigns.

    "Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance," Marjorie Cohn writes for teleSUR.

    "In November 2015, the US sold $1.29 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. It included more than 10,000 bombs, munitions, and weapons parts manufactured by Raytheon and Boeing, as well as bunker busters, and laser-guided and 'general purpose' bombs."


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      Oh.. I have so many questions! I remember Israel started getting "bunker buster" bombs when it was all jittery to attack Iranian under ground nuclear facilities. Now Turkey is getting "bunker buster" bombs? Who's bunkers they want to bust?

      Do "smart" bombs come with "smart" leaders too? Or Turkey has to get those from another supplier?

      They are "smart" because they detonate after penetration? So .. how do they penetrate then? Bunkers are built so the impact of the explosion won't crack the ceiling. Now that even the explosion is not there, how are they supposed to penetrate first? If they fail to penetrate, lets say by weight, how the delayed detonation make them "smart"?
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      Obama said some 3 years ago that Assad must go. It is coming to the end of the line for him and Assad is still there. He is now going to try his best to degrade and destroy the Assad Legitimate Government, in any way possible, in order to fulfill his aspirations. Two things american presidents want the most: being called a war president and a legacy, good or bad, to fill a paragraph!
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      in reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, what you say here (01:52) is true and the actions of the US in regards to Its relationship with Turkey is totally not helpful.

      However, your comments below (1:55) are total nonsense, and your statements do not reflect reality for the vast majority of the US Public that want an efficient and trustworthy Government, and not a taxpayer subsidized welfare state.
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      rasojin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, Currently the US is a taxpayer-subsidized corporate welfare state.
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      in reply torasoj(Show commentHide comment)
      rasoj, Yes, but that is an issue that I was not addressing in my response to Mother Gorilla, and tha also is a huge part of the problem that taxpayers have issue with, squeezed from both ends of the economic spectrum.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Calm down everyone...$683 million only gets them one bomb. Not to mention the civil war that Turkey will have over who gets to fire the new smart bomb.
    • Dirk Ramsey
      Are these smart bombs to be used in the continuing ethniс cleansing of the Kurds?
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      Yeah, smart bombs for unintelligent Turks.
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      The USA is going to deliver smart bombs to Turkey ??? Well the USA proofs there are not very smart (the whole world know this) but that there are so DUMB no body expects !!!!!
    • Huh?in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)

      Using the Lion King melody....Can you feel the love tonight..
    • Huh?in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      I can only see an ugly situation unfolding of madmen making insane decisions.
    • Mother Gorillain reply to(Show commentHide comment)
      , thanks for the praise, but I wasn't denying the need for an efficient and trustworthy government and not calling for a taxpayer subsidized welfare state, I was objecting to a situation where blacks are blamed for all the crime, and where a money-hungry elite profits disproprtionately from the wealth we all produce. I don't think either that tax increases and a welfare state can even begin to adequately address these issues, I think what is needed is a great woldwide debate on what it means to be human, that your fellow man is not a worm to be trampled on for personal gain and a fundamental change in the way our societies work as a result of that debate.
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      PaleRiderin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, thank you for your commenta. Let me focus on the part of your recent comments that I have an issue with: "blacks are blamed for all the crime . . ." The information that is received from the many news outlets, particularly in the States, has become highly biased because of political, corporate, and personal agendas. To find something that resembles the "truth" is very labor intensive, and most folks do not make the effort, opting instead to take at face value information they obtain from very few sources, depending upon their own predisposition. The impression regarding blacks being blamed for "all" the crime in the U.S., for example, is clearly not accurate, to put it mildly; however, depending largely on the political disposition of the news outlet (and I include newspapers in this category) this "theme" is generously played-up in the media, irrespective of political motivation. It does no help that cities like Okland, Chicago, have very high crime rates documented for blacks, and very high black-on-black murder rates. So, just like everything else that is perpetuated in the media, this portrait of the black community, or any other minority (because it is not just a black stigma), is front and center in terms of any presumed public "perception". It also does not help that the black community has historically not had leaders that have the black community situation in the last 60 years, obviously not the situation in all cases, but in many high profile situations, which have not engendered a whole lot of positive attributes on the black community at large. In addition, the black community also must take responsibility for itself and individuals within the community in moving forward with betterment, as a result of positive minority legislation over the last 60 years. I can speak for my self and all of those I have been personally associated with over the last 30 years and can honestly state that the opportunities that minor ties have had over these many years far outweigh any that I may have had in my career.Lastly, on this particular subject your statement, as a general sentiment in my community is not accurate, but I do not live in the very big city.

      As regards corporate America I likely agree with some of the thins you have eluded to, but in reality if you do not like the company/policy, then don't buy the product (personally I do not like Apples political agenda or business model, I don't buy apple products) - but capitalism will always spawn money-hungry elite in any society any place in the world as you clearly must know.

      The world is and never will be a utopia for the human species, basic biology genetic predisposition, and evolutionary history dictates much of what we do, unfortunately these attributes are not usually considered in social issues.

      With ever increasing population size and ever decreasing resources, the species will soon face some very difficult choices (if geology, disease, or ourselves do not get us first). The "value" of individual life in a functioning society will likely depend upon individual contribution to that society in the face of deminishing resources. It remains to be seen whether the species has enough wisdom to prepare for what will come. Historically, most species are only on this planet for around 3 million years, we are likely just about over due in that regard.
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      michaelin reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
      Huh?, as do many of us....:(
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      michaelin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, if you can achieve that (the introduction of the debate) I'll put your name forward for person of the century! I agree that that is probably one of the central issues as so much would come from it. So much would be dismissed as being dangerous to we as the one human race. :)
    • Mother Gorillain reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, humans have been around for about 200,000 years only, so we still got 2,8 million years to do better.
    • Mother Gorillain reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, we have to consider animal and plant life as well, the whole planet basically. The debate will come about automatically if we really manage to hurt ourselves and the planet through war and polllution, as for a voluntary confluence of views, maybe the internet can help in it.
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      michaelin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, very much the Gaia set of values...:)
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      PaleRiderin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, Science 20.com, look up the split from chimps.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, 200000 years and there it stands,

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