Donald Trump went to Istanbul in 2012 for the opening of the Trump Towers complex. The guest of honour was Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s then Prime Minister, now the President. Trump, in between plugging the US version of The Apprentice, heaped praise on Erdogan. He said: “The Prime Minister is very highly respected.” Last week Trump did Erdogan another favour by withdrawing US troops from northern Syria where they were helping Kurdish forces contain the Islamic State threat. The US President effectively gave Erdogan the green light to launch an invasion, he calls it a “peace operation”, aimed at forcing out the Kurds from the region. What happens next could determine the fate of the Middle East and could redraw the battle lines in the power struggle between Russia and the West. Erdogan is standing over a powder keg with a lit torch. When the EU protested at his military incursion he threatened to send into Europe the 3.6 million Syrian refugees Brussels has paid Turkey £5.25billion to look after. At the UN last month he lectured other nations about the refugees as he held a photo of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed ashore in… Read full this story
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