Erdogan’s Hard Times in Syria

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Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan faces hard times in Syria.

On November 29, he publicly annouced that Turkey had launched its operations in Syria to end the rule of “the tyrant al-Assad“:

The Turkish military launched its operations in Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Nov. 29.

“In my estimation, nearly 1 million people have died in Syria. These deaths are still continuing without exception for children, women and men. Where is the United Nations? What is it doing? Is it in Iraq? No. We preached patience but could not endure in the end and had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army [FSA],” Erdoğan said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul.

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice. We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the president said.

Nonetheless, on December 1, the Turkish president was pushed to backtrack on Syrian goals, claryfying that “to end the rule of tyrant al-Assad” means “to combat terrorism“:

Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria does not target any country or individual, and is aimed only at terrorist groups, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He had earlier stated that Turkey was in Syria to “end the rule of the cruel Assad.”

“The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation [in northern Syria] is not any country or person, but only terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said Thursday, as quoted by the Hurryiet Daily News.

“No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to derail it,” he added.

The shift of Erdogan’s strategy in Syria came after a phone call with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

Accident? Don’t think so.

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  • Jean de Peyrelongue

    Erdogan is probably worse than a jesuit:
    You may consider that he backtracks by saying that he was going after the terrorists and not a single one but if in his tortuous mind as he includes al-Assad among the terrorists, he has not change his objective, he has just used a different wording to please Russia.

    • 888mladen .

      That’s from whom he learned his trade. Age comes before beauty.

      • jj

        I remember how the Pope and his aids came to Greece to collect a couple dozen migrants or so to bring to Italy (seemed like a big PR stunt to me). When they found out two Syrians – a sister and brother (young adults) – were Christian, they were suddenly told they would not be allowed to come to Rome.

  • Daniel Martin

    Putin warns erdogan, retract your statement, or the next coup will be successful. 😄

  • Loki

    Turkey’s economy is going really bad. The Turkish pound is losing its value day by day. Plus they got screwed in Syria. That has a bad image on Erdogan,and wants to export that crisis to neighbour countries such as Greece. The destruction of this Mongolian origin state,would be a blessing for the whole region.

  • Ole Johansen

    Honestly i can not wait to see Turkey go down as it will be pushed in front of NATO to deplete Russian military resources. But then there is China and others as well :-)

  • occupybacon

    If this is a religious behavior, to make contradictory statements and hope the infidels will be deceived with help from Allah, you Muslims are trolled by your leaders, not us who bite it.