Turkish drones expose U.S. State Department impotence – analyst

Turkish drones, which are threatening U.S. interests, expose the impotence of the U.S. State Department, Michael Rubin, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute said.

Turkey is increasingly relying on drones to achieve militarily what it fails to accomplish diplomatically, Rubin said in Washington Examiner on Monday.

“When the United States projects weakness, dictators like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan run over the U.S. interests,” the analyst said.

Turkey has developed its indigenous drones and the country’s armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have won a reputation for their combat prowess in recent years after demonstrating their effectiveness in recent military combats such as in Syria, Libya and in the Caucasus, as well as in its fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) inside its own borders.

To date, Turkey's TB-2 drone is in service with Qatar, Libya, Ukraine, Poland and Azerbaijan. Other countries that have shown their interest in Turkish drones include Latvia, Kazakhstan and Pakistan among others.

According to Selçuk Bayraktar, Turkey's leading drone company Baykar’s chief technology officer, they are in with 10 other nations about making sales of military drones.

U.S. President Joe Biden defends his country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, even amid the Taliban takeover and growing chaos, Rubin said.

“Not only does al Qaeda remain a potent threat in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration also shows no sign that it is prepared to focus on new threats,” Biden said.

Among these threats are Turkish drones, according to Rubin.

The Turkish drone strikes in Iraq create space for the Islamic State to regroup, Rubin said, adding that Turkey’s building a drone base in Northern Cyprus, will expand the operational range of Turkey’s drones across the eastern Mediterranean, which Ankara threatens NATO partners such as Greece.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s last week’s visit to Turkey appears to be for arranging the deliveries of Turkish drones, that Abiy’s forces would use for its genocidal campaign against the country’s Tigray population, Rubin said.

Like Biden, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also signs strongly worded statements, adversaries and allies alike ignore him, Rubin said.

“What’s happening in Afghanistan is bad enough, but Biden's and Blinken’s impotence means such atrocities could become the rule rather than the exception,” he added.

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