Transfer of four separate defense system equipment Turkey demands from the United States is still pending, amid different approaches between the two NATO allies towards regional issues, particularly Syria.

Ankara has thus far not been able to get permission for the transfer of four defense system equipment it has long demanded from the U.S. and which it sees as critical for Turkey’s national security. The U.S. and Turkey’s different perspectives on issues in the Middle East are to blame, particularly Syria.

The key defense system equipment Turkey demanded from the U.S. is called “smart ammunition” –also known as PGM and used to prevent civilian losses– as Turkey is carrying out intense counterterrorism operations due to an upsurge in violent attacks by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK) militants. […]