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PostTurkey's Military Presence Abroad is Huge...and Growing (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/31/21 3:21 am)
Sultan Erdogan is trying to take another big step towards the new Ottoman Empire. So far he has been very successful, but in the latest case, he may be making a rather dangerous bet.
The Turkish troops ex-NATO, ex-ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) will remain alone in Afghanistan for "at least two more years to help the transition with an operation of peace."
The Empire attempted to occupy Afghanistan with the regime change and in the end, it has been the stupidest and most self-defeating move, among others, started by the Empire in the last 30 years. The ending does not seem like the escape from Saigon (where at least there were good reasons to help allied South Vietnam); it seems more like the exits from Somalia, Lebanon, and hopefully sooner or later from Iraq.
Turkish troops are illegally occupying the Northern part of Syria, and are serving as "peace forces" in Iraq. Half of Cyprus is Turkish (but at least there is an ethnic Turkish minority there), and it is a military base (with 30,000 soldiers) from where it dominates the Eastern Mediterranean with its huge undersea gas reserves. Consider the provocations against Italian, French, and Greek ships.
Turkey now dominates the Western part of Libya; therefore also the Central Mediterranean Sea is also under its influence.
With the military alliance TAKM--Turkey, Azerbaijan (see its aggression against Armenia) Kazakhstan (60% of the population is considered part of the Turkic family) and Mongolia plus Uzbekistan (another Turkic ethnic population), Georgia (sic, anti-Russia supposedly), and Afghanistan, the center of Asia is under the influence of Erdogan. It was much better when it was under Russian Influence.
A big Turkish military base is in Qatar, which supplies money to Erdogan and is the center of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Another great Turkish military base is in Somalia. Turkey has completely vindicated the war it lost against Italy in 1911.
In Sudan, Turkey has rented for 99 years the island of Suakin, which was the naval base of the Ottoman Empire.
Oh, by the way, the new aircraft carrier TCG Anadolu will be operative very soon.
In the Balkans, so far there are no Turkish military bases but a great Turkish influence is present in Albania (until a few years ago the influence was Italian), Kosovo, and Bosnia.
Does the Empire see this escalation or it does hope that Erdogan will use his empire only against the European Union and Russia? What does our friend Yusuf Kanli think about this?
JE comments: Does Turkey expect its fate in Afghanistan to be any different than that of the UK, the USSR, and the US-led coalition? Regardless, I am grateful to Eugenio Battaglia for this summary of Erdogan's latest. How is Turkey paying for all this muscle-flexing? Its economy is in a shambles, with a depreciating currency and high unemployment. Qatar's generosity can only go so far. And should Turkey's NATO allies be concerned, or relieved that Erdogan is taking on so much military "dirty work"?