Syrian President Assad’s forces have until recently, avoided bombing the Kurdish fighters in Syria, instead forging a loose alliance with them.
The reason for this loose alliance is clear: Assad needs all the support he can get in terms of boots on the ground in his fight against those opposed to his government. The Islamic State (IS) is one of those groups that is a big threat to Assad’s power and the Kurdish fighters have been allowed to fight them while the government concentrates on fighting other groups. Continue reading “One Area Where Erdogan And Assad Agree”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today has blasted EU and UN pressure to open Turkey’s borders to more refugees from Syria, threatening to send the millions already in the country to other states in busloads. He told a gathering of businessmen.
“We do not have the word ‘idiot’ written on our foreheads. Don’t think that the planes and the buses are there for nothing. We will do the necessary,” Erdo?an told a business forum in Ankara.
The European Union had agreed in talks to give Turkey €3 billion to handle the refugees but there is disquiet in Turkey because the money hasn’t come yet.
The EU is depending on Turkey, a Muslim majority country in their southern border to prevent refugees from flooding it.
Source: Erdogan threatens to send refugees to the EU by plane and bus – EurActiv.com
Erdogan is not smiling. He aims to make Turkey an independent power, not one that conforms to ‘European values’ but one that conforms to ‘Turkish’ or ‘Ottoman’ values. Erdogan doesn’t see himself as a European leader. He sees himself as the reincarnation of the Ottoman Sultans of old.
Source: Turkey’s Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants: Greek website – Business Insider