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It seems that (paranoid) conspiracy theories increasingly shape US-Turkey relations…

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2017 at 12:02

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U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby has warned the Turkish media about making false accusations about the United States.
In Turkey’s Unrest, Some See an Extreme Version of Post-9/11 America

 
Turkey’s president and his allies say no other democracy has withstood such relentless terrorist attacks and a coup attempt.
 
Ankara warns Washington that it could deny the US access to İncirlik Air Base if the country continues to support Syrian Kurds in the ISIL fight

But another minister says:

 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Çavuşoğlu has stated “Right now, closing the İncirlik Military Base is not on the agenda but if the states which come for ISIS will not provide support, there is no need for it to remain”.
 
The United States has made a strategic mistake by cooperating with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Defense Minister Fikri Işık said Jan. 6
The United States appreciates the access provided by Turkey to the İncirlik air base in southern Turkey, and looks forward to that continuing, the Pentagon said on Jan. 5
 
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has criticized the U.S. embassy after the embassy posted a picture of Nihat Erim, a former prime minister of a technocratic government formed after the 1971 coup, on the embassy’s official Twitter account, causing outrage among social media users
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has suggested that “foreign intelligence services” could be behind the attack that claimed 39 lives at Istanbul’s Reina nightclub on New Year’s Eve, considering how “professionally” the attack was carried out.

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Turkey has begun to question the use of the İncirlik air base by the anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) coalition forces, as the U.S. has failed to support Ankara’s offensive in the al-Bab region against the jihadist group, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Jan. 4
 
Deported from Northern Cyprus due to post he had shared on the social media, Barbaros Şansal was has been subjected to a lynch attempt after leaving the plane in Atatürk Airport in İstanbul.
 
Turkish designer Barbaros Şansal on Jan. 3 was beaten by a group of assailants on the apron of Istanbul Atatürk Airport upon arrival after being expelled from Northern Cyprus over insensitive social media posts, which prompted his detention at the airport by Istanbul police
 
The 10 arrested journalists and columnists of Cumhuriyet daily will further be under arrest according to a court decision.
 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan. 4 that “nobody should be forced to have the same kind of lifestyle” as someone else

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary http://ift.tt/2jelsPU

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