Turkey Shifts Away From West on Defense

April 21, 2015 12:33 PM

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Ankara takes steps to boost its own arms industry and reduce its military dependence on its NATO allies

ISTANBUL—Since the Ottoman Empire traded swords for guns two centuries ago, Turkey’s military has relied on Western arms and know-how. Now, the country’s leadership is pushing to end that arrangement in a shift that is rattling its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.

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