Erdogan's arc to destabilize and nostalgia for his Ottoman past

From Başûr of Kurdistan, south Kurdistan, to Tripoli, through Greece and Cyprus, Turkey is stretching its muscles as it used to do in the days of the Ottoman era, without caring for Western countries without any deterrent, in order to hide its economic and social crises.

A specialist in Syria, Iraq, and radical Islamic groups, Jonathan Spire wrote to the Jerusalem Institute for Security and Strategic Studies, Israel, that Turkey is flexing its muscles provocatively from Iraq to Libya, in defiance of any pro-Western orientation and as a sign of its longing for its Ottoman past.

As it challenges Greece, Cyprus and Israel to obtain gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean, the arc of Turkish military packages extends to Qatar, Sudan and Somalia.

The analyst said that the new Turkey bore the ambitions of Sunni political Islam along the lines of the Muslim Brotherhood, which would remain unchecked until the next elections scheduled for 2023.

Last month, Turkey launched an attack targeting the Kurdistan Liberation Movement in various areas of Başûr Kurdistan.

"The Turkish operation aims to rally the political base of the government through its fear of Kurdish aspirations and divert attention from social and economic failure," Spire wrote, citing sources.

Meanwhile, Libya is rich in war-torn oil, as well as Turkey's support for the Tripoli-based National Accord government in the battle against the Libyan National Army, it led to an escalation of the strategic stalemate in the country, and escalated tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

And that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks forward to keeping the Prime Minister in Accord Government, Fayez al-Sarraj, backed by the forces associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Sarraj represents the last remnants of the hoped-for alliance that Erdogan believed would lead the stage, before the military coup in Egypt in 2013, as well as before the departure of Ennahda from power in Tunisia.

Turkey also has disputes with Greece and Cyprus over the territorial waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea, as it sends ships to explore for gas off Cyprus to pressure its water claim there.

The analyst said, Ankara is blocking the plans of Israel, Greece and Cyprus to deliver gas to Europe, and visualizes itself as a dominant force in the region.



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