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#WorstAllyEver: Turkey’s destabilizing role in the region

Thursday, December 8, 2016  | 

Israel’s former Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon recently addressed the dangers presented to the Middle East from radical actors such as ISIS and Iran, and slammed Turkey for its destabilizing role in the region. He pointed out Turkish President Erdogan’s role as the de facto leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East, detailed Turkey’s role in facilitating ISIS and terrorism, and criticized Ankara for “deliberately” pushing migrants and refugees to Europe, where the Greek islands in the Aegean are on the front-line. Watch his remarks on Turkey, Greece and Cyprus here:

Wikileaks also recently released over 57,000 emails of President Erdogan’s son in law, Berat Albayrak, who is also Turkey’s minister of energy and natural resources. The emails indicate an indirect link between Albayrak and ISIS-controlled oil fields. According to Foreign Policy Magazine:

Perhaps the most damning allegation is that Albayrak may have had indirect ties to ISIS’s oil trade – a trade that bankrolls the terrorist group’s operations – through a company called Powertrans.

According to The Independent:

Turkish media reported in 2014 and 2015 that Powertrans has been accused of mixing in produced by ISIS in neighborhood Syria and adding it to shipments that reached Turkey…Erdogan was accused of having links to the smuggling of ISIS oil in 2015 by opposition politician Eren Erdem, who was put on trial for treason for making the allegations.

Aside from its destabilizing role in the Middle East, Turkey, a NATO member, continues to illegally occupy the northern part of Cyprus, threatens Greek sovereignty in the Aegean Sea, and is blackmailing Europe over the migrant crisis. Its reckless campaign to rewrite the borders in the Aegean is a blatant rejection of international law. Ankara’s slide into authoritarianism and its turn away from the rule of law at home and abroad poses a threat to peace, security, and stability in the region.

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