Erdogan’s Ambitions Will Shake Middle East

it is the classic middle East story: The Shiite accuse Sunnis of passionately following sectarian polices; Sunnis accuse the Shiite of passionately following sectarian polices; and they’re each proper. besides that Turkey’s pro-Sunni sectarian regulations are taking an more and more perilous flip as they push Turkey into new confrontations, adding freshmen to an already huge listing of hostile countries.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent comments at the centuries Shiite-Sunni conflict: they amusingly appeared greater like a confession than an accusation: “nowadays we’re confronted with an absolute sectarianism. who’s doing it? who are they? Iran and Iraq,” Erdogan said.

this is the same Erdogan who once stated, “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the devoted our infantrymen….” Is that not sectarian?

So, with a instantly face, the President of 1 sectarian united states (Sunni Turkey) is accusing some other united states (Shiite Iran and Shiite-ruled Iraq) of being sectarian.

Erdogan went on: “What about the Sunnis? There are Sunni Arabs, Sunni Turkmen and Sunni Kurds [in Iraq and Syria]. what is going to appear to their safety? They want to feel secure.”

by no means knowing that its ambitions to spread Sunni Islam over large swaths of the middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq, have been bigger than its ability to do so, Turkey now finds itself confronting a powerful bloc of pro-Shiite international locations: Russia, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and (now not to mention the a great deal smaller Lebanon).

simply whilst Turkey moved to boost its loads of troops at a army camp in Iraq, the Baghdad authorities gave an ultimatum to Ankara for the elimination of all Turkish squaddies stationed in Iraq because remaining year. Turkey answered by using halting its reinforcements. now not sufficient, the Iraqis seemingly assume. Iraq’s high minister, Haider al-Abadi, stated on December 7 that his united states may flip to the UN safety council if Turkish troops in northern Iraq were not withdrawn within forty eight hours. Hadi al-Ameri, the top of the militant Shiite Badr agency, threatened that his organization would fight Turkish forces if Ankara continued its troop deployment.

Badr Brigade spokesman Karim al-Nuri positioned the Turkish ambitions in quite a sensible manner: “we’ve got the right to respond and we do no longer exclude any type of reaction until the Turks have discovered their lesson … Do they have a dream of restoring Ottoman greatness? that is a super fantasy and they will pay dearly for Turkish conceitedness.”

necessarily, Russia came into the photo. Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, stated he instructed the safety Council that Turkey turned into performing “recklessly and inexplicably” with the aid of sending troops across the border into Iraq with out the consent of the Iraqi government. in keeping with Russia, the Turkish pass “lacks legality.”

All that fell on deaf ears in Ankara, as Erdogan repeated on Dec. 11 that Turkey might no longer pull out its troops from Iraq. In reaction, Iraq appealed to the UN security Council to call for a right away and unconditional withdrawal of all Turkish troops from northern Iraq, calling Turkey’s navy incursion a “flagrant violation” of international regulation.

day after today, Shiite militia members accumulated in Baghdad’s Tahrir square to protest against Turkey. Crowds of young men in military fatigues, in addition to a few Shiite politicians, chanted against Turkish vowing they might fight the Turkish troops themselves in the event that they do not withdraw. indignant protesters also burned Turkish flags.





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