Turkey and the world: Running out of friends

Turkey and the world: Running out of friends

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Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Erdogan’s revenge Fly Title:  Turkey and the world Location:  BRUSSELS, CAIRO AND ISTANBUL Main image:  Lost in interpretation Lost in interpretation OVER the decades Turkey’s relations with America, its principal military ally, have withstood coups, skirmishes with Greece (a fellow NATO ally) and the invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Of late, however, the friendship has grown testier, particularly over the civil war in Syria and the American-led campaign against Islamic State (IS). With the failed coup, ties are close to openly hostile. One Turkish minister, Suleyman Soylu, claimed (with no evidence) that America was behind the putsch. Pro-government media teemed with conspiracy theories. In Yeni Safak, a daily newspaper, Aydin Unal, an MP from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development (AK) party, even suggested that American army officers disguised as Turkish ones had taken part in the fighting. For a time the government cut off ...

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