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US approves sale of F-16 jets to Turkey after Ankara ratifies Sweden's NATO membership

US approves sale of F-16 jets to Turkey after Ankara ratifies Sweden's NATO membership

The sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey has been approved by Washington after Ankara this week ratified Sweden’s NATO membership.

 

The US State Department notified Turkey on Friday that Congress had agreed to sell Ankara the warplanes.

 

The Department of State's notification came just hours after Turkey's parliament ratified Sweden’s delayed accession to NATO.

 

US President Joe Biden wrote a letter to key congressional committee leaders, urging them to approve the F-16 sale "without delay.

The $23 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey includes 40 Lockheed Martin F-16s and equipment to modernize 79 of its existing F-16 fleet.

 

Ankara has long sought to upgrade its F-16 fleet and made its ratification of Sweden’s membership contingent on the approval of the sale of the new planes.

 

In the meantime, the Swedish government and defense forces issued a warning to Swedes for the possibility of a Russian attack on the country.

 

Swedish citizens were asked to be on alert for the possibility of a war with Russia. The warnings caused the public to panic and criticize the country's leaders. A multitude of people flocked their way to the market in order to procure fuel and bundles of indispensable and crucial provisions “crisis kit”.

 

In the past months, leaders worldwide have been warning each other about the growing threat of WW III breaking out.

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On this day, 2004, the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, under the control of American forces, was attacked without clear reason, leading to the death of 22 detainees. During the American invasion of Iraq, military personnel and CIA forces committed numerous human rights violations against detainees, including physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, and murder. 

في مثل هذا اليوم من عام 2004، تعرضت السجن المشهور أبو غريب، تحت سيطرة القوات الأمريكية، لهجوم دون سبب واضح، مما أدى إلى مقتل 22 معتقلاً. خلال الغزو الأمريكي للعراق، ارتكب الشخصيات العسكرية وقوات وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية العديد من انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان ضد المعتقلين، بما في ذلك الإيذاء الجسدي والجنسي، والتعذيب، والاغتصاب، والقتل. 

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