Turkish Islamist leader uses NATO to have a free hand and punish US allies

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Recip Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian Islamist leader of Turkeyy, increasingly uses NATO to leverage its national interests at the organization’s expense. In recent weeks he has honed his saber by preventing Sweden and Finland from joining the organization, and is now ready to invade northern Syria, where the Kurds, a US, partner in the fight against ISIS are being targeted. he.

Professor Ofra Bengio, Turkey expert and research associate at Tel Aviv University, told Fox News Digital: “The moment is good for him. [Erdogan] “create a buffer zone” in Syria because “Russia is involved in Ukraine and it [Moscow] Turkey needs it because it could veto the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. “He added that the time is good for Erdogan to divide Syria because” the United States is not engaged in the region. ”

In 2019, Sweden and Finland have banned the sale of arms to Turkey after Erdogan launched an offensive in Syria to fight popular defense units better known as the YPG. Turkey, a NATO member, can block the requests of the two Nordic countries because the alliance requires unanimity among its 30 members for the admission of new countries.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan holds a press conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on June 14, 2021.

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan holds a press conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on June 14, 2021.
(Reuters / Yves Herman / Pool / File Photo)

TURKEY HERDOGAN: SWEDEN, FINLAND JOIN NATO MAY ‘RISKS’ FOR THE ‘FUTURE OF THE ORGANIZATION’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week, stressed the urgency of securing the accession of Finland and Sweden during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Blinken told reporters he was in close contact with Erdogan on the matter.

Critics say Turkey’s interruption of NATO enlargement plays into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy to weaken the military alliance that seeks to thwart his invasion of Ukraine and further belligerence across Europe.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 05: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during Kremlin talks on March 5, 2020 in Moscow, Russia. Erdogan will go on a one-day visit to Russia to discuss the war conflict in Syria. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images)

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 05: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during Kremlin talks on March 5, 2020 in Moscow, Russia. Erdogan will go on a one-day visit to Russia to discuss the war conflict in Syria. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images)
(Photo by Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images)

HERDOGAN OF TURKEY ACCUSES SWEDEN AND FINLAND OF SUPPORTING TERRORISM THAT POTENTIALLY CONTRAST NATO ASPIRATIONS

Erdogan recently spoke with the Russian leader and proposed that Turkey play a role in an “observation mechanism” to end the war with Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Minister will reportedly travel to Ankara on Wednesday to meet with his Turkish counterpart for talks.

And it’s not just Finland and Sweden, as if to prove a point Erdogan opened a second new front with NATO last week when he pulled the plug on talks with NATO member Greece on Ankara’s denunciation of alleged violations. of the airspace.

His latest battle with NATO has spilled over into Syria and is affecting vital US interests. Erdogan has long expressed a desire to eliminate the stronghold of the Kurds allies of the United States in northern Syria and establish a region largely populated by Arabs.

“We are entering the new phase of our determination to train a 30km [18.6-mile] deep safe zone along our southern border. We will eliminate Tel Rifaat and Manbij from terrorists and we will do the same with other regions step by step, “the Turkish president recently declared.

Erdogan’s latest round of chauvinism raised alarm bells in Washington because the YPG, a military force made up mostly of Syrian Kurds, played a pivotal role in helping the The American army to defeat Isis.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a NATO summit at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 14.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a NATO summit at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 14.
(AP / Kenzo Tribouillard)

SWEDEN, FINLAND NATO OFFER: OFFICIALS TRAVEL TO TURKEY TO OVERCOME THEIR OBJECTIONS

Blinken recently clarified the administration’s thinking about such an escalation in northern Syria and said the United States is opposed to any Turkish incursion and warned it could undermine regional stability and give terrorist groups a chance.

“We continue, effectively, to take the struggle through partners to Daesh, to ISIS in Syria, and we don’t want to see anything that jeopardizes the efforts made to keep ISIS in the box we put it in,” he said blinking.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party lawmakers in parliament in Ankara, Turkey on Wednesday, October 18. 28, 2020. Erdogan threatened Wednesday to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish militants were not evicted from areas along the Syrian border. He also said that a Russian airstrike targeting Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in Idlib earlier this week was an indication that Moscow was not seeking lasting peace in the region. (Photo AP)
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TURKISH LEADER SUPPORTS US BASES IN GREECE CAN DIRECTLY THE “THREAT” IN A BATTLE WITH ATHENS FOR NATO EXPANSION

In response to a Fox Digital News asks if there have been any attacks by Syrian Kurds on his territory, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry noted in an email that “the terrorist organization of the PKK / YPG has long and indiscriminately targeted civilians in the north of Syria and Turkey alike “and had committed 1,750 terrorist attacks since the beginning of 2020, against Syrian and Turkish citizens alike.

Turkey was accused of showing great leniency towards the Islamic State in Syria. The eviction of the YPG could mean a resurgence of the Islamic State and other jihadist terrorist entities in the region, military officials familiar with the landscape say. Fox News Digital has learned that Syrian Kurds are very concerned about Erdogan’s announcement of an impending invasion.

The strongman of Ankara sees the organized Kurdish community as a threat due to his desire to establish an independent state on part of Turkish soil.

LAWYERS WARN THAT TURKEY IS “PLAYING DOUBLE PLAY” IN NATO, WEAPONS NEGOTIATIONS

Erdogan outlined his blueprint for Turkish expansionism in crystal clear terms in 2016.

Erdogan, according to Istanbul-based newspaper Hurriyet, said: “Concerning ourselves in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Crimea, Karabakh, Bosnia and other brother regions it is both a duty and a right of Turkey. Turkey is not alone. Turkey. The day we renounce these is the day we renounce our independence and our future. ”

FILE - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a welcoming ceremony for his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in Ankara, Turkey, on May 16, 2022. (AP Photo / Burhan Ozbilici, File)

FILE – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a welcoming ceremony for his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in Ankara, Turkey, on May 16, 2022. (AP Photo / Burhan Ozbilici, File)
(Photo AP / Burhan Ozbilici, File)

ERDOGAN DESTROYS A NATO UNIT AMONG PUTIN’S THREAT TO EUROPEAN SECURITY

The vast Ottoman Empire has long controlled the territory in Syria that Erdogan aims to conquer.

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Uzay Bulut, a Turkish analyst and journalist who was previously based in Ankara, told Fox News Digital: “Turkey will celebrate 100 years of its existence. [as a republic] in 2023. In pursuit of his dream of a restored Ottoman empire, Erdogan publicly claimed parts of northern Syria and Iraq as part of Turkey. ”

Erdogan’s goal is “neo-Ottoman expansionism,” Bulut said, adding that “Turkey is the region’s bully”.

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