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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is arming his country militarily. The head of state of Turkey strives for world power status – and pursues a clear strategy.
Ankara – After the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the conversion of the Hagia Sophia had solemnly committed to a mosque, the emotional words gushed out of him. “It is the dawn of a new era,” said the head of state of the Turkey profusely. He would return Turkey to its “true size”.
Erdogan, who recently had a nasty surprise during a live broadcast on the Internet, has no less claim than his country World power close. To get closer to this goal, Turkey is currently in the process of near East, in Africa as well as in Mediterranean Sea your Zones of influence expand significantly.
For Erdogan, those of Civil war troubled countries Syria and Libya. Thanks to the indecisiveness of United States and Europe Turkey was able to celebrate strategic successes there. Meanwhile, Turkey has stopped fighting Syria’s ruler Bashar al-Assad another three are occupied and controlled militarily by three important areas of the country.
Help Islamist rebel militiasthat lead to a Mercenary force Turkey was built, the government from Ankara co-determined the course of the fighting in Syria. In addition, in the occupied territories cultural influence practiced – Turkish is taught in schools, Turkish Islam is taught and the Turkish lira is also used as a means of payment.
Towards the EU, Erdogan uses the 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey as a means of pressure to assert his interests. The Turkish president flexed his muscles around the beginning of the year and brought tens of thousands of Syrians to the Greek border. So Erdogan provoked a new refugee crisis.
In Libya, Turkey meanwhile supports the internationally recognized government of Prime Minister Fajis al-Sarradsch. The Turkish regime sent vehicles, weapons and air defense systems to Tripoli on a large scale, and a staff of military advisers and special forces also helped the Libyan prime minister in action.
Libya is very important to Turkey because it has the largest oil reserves in Africa and is also a key country for migrants from all over the world on the way to mainland Europe. A controversial maritime agreement between the two countries could give Turkey access to the rich natural gas deposits suspected in the Mediterranean, which has almost escalated recently with Greece.
In order to broaden its sphere of influence, Erdogan is also carrying out strategic campaigns in other countries. The Turkish military was also deployed against Kurdish troops in northern Iraq. In Africa, Turkey took a stand in Somalia and Sudan, and Turkish arms deliveries to Nigeria are said to have been to the terrorist militia Boko Haram, an offshoot of IS.
Today’s date of the 1st Friday prayer in the #Hagia Sophia is deliberately chosen. 97 years ago, on July 24, 1923, the borders of modern Turkey were set in Lausanne. # Erdoğan has long wanted the revision of the republic: “We have to be wherever our ancestors were”. pic.twitter.com/w9kETkVOWF
Ankara receives generous financial support for its complex foreign policy from Qatar. The emirate, which has achieved great wealth thanks to its huge oil and gas reserves, is contributing to Turkey’s war costs. (kh)
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