Things haven’t been going well lately for the nation of Turkey.
Since the continued violence of the Syrian Civil War, millions of refugees have fled the country, ending up most frequently in Eastern Turkey. The migrant crisis grew so bad, the nation had to appeal to the EU for help, leading to the wider migrant problem Europe is facing today.
Turkey was one of the nations worst hit by ISIS terrorism, suffering numerous attacks in recent months.
Just over a week ago, they were yet again the scene of a horrifying assassination, of a Russian diplomat, captured on video for the world to see.
So you can understand their frustration over their present circumstances, largely as the result of events out of their control. But what their President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now saying is more shocking than anyone would expect.
From Conservative Tribune:
According to Reuters, Erdogan claimed during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, that the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has actually been, perhaps unwittingly, giving support to terrorist groups, such as the aforementioned Islamic State group jihadists, as well as the Kurdish YPG and PYD militias, which Turkey also considers terror organizations…
The U.K. Independent noted that, while it remained unclear just what sort of “evidence” Erodgan had to back up his assertion, it was nevertheless true that U.S.-led forces had worked side-by-side with some of the rebel groups battling the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, which would include the Kurdish militias.
There has been instances where U.S. equipment, arms, and vehicles end up in the hands of terrorists, often by seizing them from rebel groups that formerly worked with the United States. In the quagmire that is the Syrian Civil War, fighting forces are frequently switching sides, only adding more confusion and chaos to the problem
But the greater issue is the war itself, one that should never have occurred. It’s clear that Obama’s administration had a hand in causing it to start, when they withdrew American forces from Iraq prematurely. The vacuum of power led to the rise of the Islamic State, who captured portions of Iraq and swiftly moved on to exploit the weakened government of Syria.
Obama and his people knew this would happen, but did so anyway.
President Erdogan’s claim that the United States directly worked to support terrorist groups may sound a bit too much, but we’ve yet to see this evidence he claims to have. Other groups, such as Wikileaks and Judicial Watch, have pointed to government documents that might support Turkey’s statements. And under Hillary Clinton weapons flowed into Libya and Syria which could have aided terrorists. So the Turkish President’s claims don’t seem all that too far fetched. We won’t know anything for sure until Erdogan releases his evidence.
Source: Conservative Tribune