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    Turkish Actions in Syria, Iraq Prove Erdogan’s Imperial Ambition

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    Turkey’s calls to impose a "safe zone" in northern Syria and its military deployment to Iraq are a cover-up of Ankara’s plan to regain the territories lost after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a Syrian opposition member told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — Earlier this week, Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari accused President Tayyip Erdogan of trying to revive the Ottoman colonial legacy, in a letter to the United Nations.

    "Turkey for long has been insisting on the creation of ‘safe zones’ in northern Syria. Besides, Turkey has entered Iraq that may be considered as evidences for Erdogan’s plan," Samir Aita, of the Syrian Democratic Forum, said.

    Turkey has been attacking Kurdish militias in northern Syria and Iraq, despite Kurds being considered a key ally by Washington in the fight against the Islamic State (IS or Daesh).

    In early December, Turkish troops trespassed into northern Iraq allegedly to train anti-IS Iraqi militia, prompting outrage in Baghdad. The Iraqi foreign minister warned Ankara on Wednesday that his country felt free to defend itself militarily against the Turkish invasion.


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      This kind of reaction from the Syrian opposition tells us one thing only, and that is - Gollum is a below average politician! I am not saying this because I cannot stand the guy. No. The reason I am saying this is quite simple - Syrian opposition consider themselves - Syrians! They are patriots as much as anyone else. So what Gollum is getting here is a basic but pure and honest reaction - you wanted to shaft us, well now my political enemy (Assad) will soon be my ally. And that, my fellow "Sputnikians" just ticks off the idiot box and ensures me that my own opinion of the idiot is correct.
    • avatar
      Others in the region have ambitions too. We should not forget the role of Israel (with the occupied Golan Heights) and Qatar (dream of gas pipe through Syria), not to mention the usual suspects like the USA.
    • support
      Turkey's logistical problems which would be associated with creating a new Ottoman Empire are at present insurmountable. It is a classic sand-table strategy problem fit only to amuse and train young lieutenants at a military academy and the training programme could well draw on not only the historical realities of impossible supply issues associated with the defence of the Ottoman Empire during its partnership with Kaiser Wilhelm's forces under von Sanders and even upon the impossibility of logistical re-supply of Constantinople during its siege in the 15th century.

      It is laughable that Turkey should have any imperial ambitions at all when they do not even have the technical expertise to upgrade their tank fleet from M-48's to M-60's which process started during the 1990's and is still under way...and is being done on a subcontract basis by the Israelis!

      Somewhere there is a young man or woman of Turkish descent at university in Europe or North America or Russia or China who is studying hard and working hard to be worthy of emulating Gemal Ataturk in re-establishing his legacy. Comes the time, comes the warrior.
    • Drain the swamp
      Erdogan can only dream of this ottoman venture on the basis of saud support. The falsehood of the saud regime is evidenced by this incredible event where an Arab supports the hated ottomans who colonised them for 350 years, its simply untenable, all these regimes who have supported the Turks including Qater will fall, Assad will be there to see them fall !And Constantinople will revert to the Orthodox Church as well.
    • Drain the swamp
      It is Russia's destiny after Stalin evicted the dreaded tatar slav traders to Central Asia from Crimea, to also evict their turkic CUSTOMERS and send them back to Turkmenistan.
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