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Erdogan: Turkey would not consent to US arms transfers to Kurdish fighters in Syria

  • In this photo shot with an extreme telephoto lens and through haze from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Kurdish fighters walk to their positions next to a machine gun-fitted pick-up truck, in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Levend Ali)

    In this photo shot with an extreme telephoto lens and through haze from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Kurdish fighters walk to their positions next to a machine gun-fitted pick-up truck, in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Levend Ali)  (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Smoke rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country would not agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic militants in Syria.

Turkey views the Kurdish fighters as an extension of the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terrorist group.

The state-run Anadolu news agency on Sunday quoted Erdogan as saying the fighters are "equal to the PKK" and that Turkey "would not say 'yes' to such a thing."

Turkey's opposition to arms transfers could hamper the U.S.-led coalitions' efforts to fight the extremists and further complicate relations between Turkey and the United States.

The United States has said it has engaged in intelligence sharing with Kurdish fighters and officials have not ruled out future arms transfers to the Kurdish fighters.