Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a chilling threat to Europe over looming sanctions over Ankara’s unauthorized drilling in the Mediterranean: penalize us and we’ll release ISIS prisoners back to European countries.
“You should revise your stance toward Turkey, which holds so many IS members in prison and controls them in Syria,” he told reporters.
The Associated Press reported that his comments were in response to the European Union’s unveiling of a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over drilling off Cyprus. He made the comments while speaking to reporters prior to a trip to the U.S. to meet with President Trump. more …
Opinion: And that warning comes from a NATO ally who somehow got away with supporting ISIS while claiming to be fighting them.
Excerpts, PJ Media post and my opinion from October 28:
PJ Media: It strains credulity that Turkey, with its interests in northern Syria, did not know he was there. Al-Baghdadi was killed in Barisha in the Idlib province, a town of no more than 2500 people right on the Turkish border. If the Turks didn’t know that the world’s most wanted terrorist was there, they’re incompetent beyond measure. If they did know, they’re complicit in protecting him.
Opinion: Finally, someone is questioning the ‘Sultan’ of Turkey, who somehow manages to maintain a working relationship with President Trump, Vladimir Putin, Hasan Rouhani, Khaled Mashal (Hamas) all the while making no secret of his hatred for Israel.
In 2015, Erdogan’s son, Bilal, was found smuggling ISIS oil into Turkey’s export facilities and onto tankers bound for international markets, while Sumeyye Erdogan, daughter of the dictator was reported as head of a covert medical facility for treating ISIS fighters.
Today Erdogan is in the White House just weeks after unleashing violence against US-allied Kurdish forces in Syria. To say the anticipated meeting/press conference was tense is a vast understatement.
The U.S. kicked the Turks out of the U.S. F-35 fighter jet program during the summer over their decision to buy the S-400, which could be a threat to F-35 planes and which is also not compatible with NATO systems. Turkey could also face U.S. sanctions over its purchase of the Russian weapons system.
Mr. Trump characterized the meeting by saying that he and Erdogan have been “very good friends”, bringing an old saying comes to mind: “show me your friends and I will show you your future” …