The deal was reached with Russia after the U.S. Department of State declined the Turkish Armed Forces' request to buy 10 second-hand Cobras from the U.S. before receiving the first T129 helicopters, co-produced with Italy's Agusta Westland.
The U.S. side declined the Turkish request citing the absence of available helicopters of this type, according to the report.
Three Turkish Soldiers Killed In Kurdish Rebel Attack
DIYARBAKIR (AFP)--Kurdish rebels launched a deadly attack in southeastern Turkey hours after the Turkish and Iraqi prime ministers vowed a fresh clampdown on the separatists, officials said Thursday.
Turkey, Iraq pledge joint fight against Kurds
ANKARA, Dec 24: The prime ministers of Turkey and Iraq vowed on Wednesday to step up their cooperation in the fight against Turkish Kurdish rebels whose presence in northern Iraq has cast a shadow over relations.
The thorny issue of rebels from the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) sheltering in neighbouring Iraq was at the centre of talks during a visit in Ankara by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Turkey's Domino Theory
By David Ignatius
Sunday, December 21, 2008; B07
The Washington Post
ISTANBUL -- As Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's leading foreign policy strategist, explains the series of political choices that are ahead in the Middle East next year, he might be describing a row of dominoes. If they fall in the right direction, good things could happen. But if they start toppling the wrong way, watch out.
We are appealing to all the people around the world to help the Kurd and Iranian people for achieving peace and stable region in the land of Aryan (Iranian) people.