Turkey will not OK U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters: Erdogan

October 19, 2014 1:43 PM

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SURUC, Turkey -- Turkey would not agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Sunday, as the extremist group fired more mortar rounds near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Turkey views the main Syrian Kurdish group, the PYD -- and its military wing which is fighting the Islamic State militants -- as an extension of the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terrorist group by the United States and NATO.

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