World Erdogan warns of military action in Syria, decries Russian strike
France recalls envoy after Erdogan jibe at Macron
France on Saturday said it was recalling its envoy to Turkey for consultations after comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed a mental health check-up that Paris condemned as unacceptable. "President Erdogan's comments are unacceptable.France and its NATO ally are at loggerheads over a range of issues including maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria and the escalating conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Wednesday to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish armed groups are not cleared from areas along its border with Syria.
In an address to his ruling party’s legislators in parliament, the Turkish leader also said a Russian air strike that targeted Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northwest Idlib province earlier this week was an indication that Moscow was not looking for lasting peace in the region.
Erdogan questions Macron's "mental health", the Elysée denounces "unacceptable" remarks
© Copyright 2020, L'Obs The Elysée denounced, Saturday, October 24 to AFP, the judged remarks "Unacceptable" from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who had questioned "the mental health" of Emmanuel Macron because of his attitude towards Muslims. The presidential palace also noted "the absence of messages of condolence and support from the Turkish president after the assassination of Samuel Paty", a week after the beheading of this teacher by an Islamist near Paris.
“If all of the terrorists aren’t removed … as it has been promised to us, I repeat once again that we have a legitimate reason to intervene at any moment. We feel the need to,” Erdogan said.
His comments came days after a suspected Kurdish fighter – who officials said infiltrated Turkey from Syria – blew himself up in a town in the border province of Hatay, following a police chase. Security officials killed a second fighter.
In his first remarks on Monday’s air strike that killed dozens of fighters, Erdogan said: “Russia’s attack targeting the Syrian National Army forces training centre is a sign that a lasting peace and calm is not wanted in the region.”
The attack in the Jabal al-Dweila area, which targeted a military training camp for Failaq al-Sham, one of the largest Turkey-backed armed groups in the area, killed at least 35 people.
Attacks on Merkel and Macron: Erdogan calls European politicians "links in the Nazi chain"
The Turkish President speaks of a "lynching campaign" against Muslims. The federal government had previously condemned Erdogan's attacks on Macron. © Photo: Uncredited / Turkish Presidency / dpa Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, gives a speech on October 25, 2020 during an event of his ruling party. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused European politicians of Islamophobia in Ankara on Monday and called them "links in the Nazi chain".
It was the deadliest in Idlib, the last rebel-held enclave in Syria, since a Turkish-Russian-brokered truce there came into effect in March.
It occurred as relations between Russia and Turkey show increasing signs of strain over Ankara’s military involvement in Syria, the Caucasus and Libya, where Moscow also has interests.
In Syria, Russia is a main supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, while Turkey backs a handful of opposition factions.
The Turkish-backed National Liberation Front alliance includes 11 Free Syrian Army factions all supported by Ankara. But it excludes Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda affiliate that currently controls large swaths of the northwestern Syrian province.
Turkey has carried out three major forays into northeastern Syria since 2016 to drive away Kurdish fighters or the armed group ISIL (ISIS) from the border area.
Last year it sent troops to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters it considers “terrorists” from the area and to create a “safe zone” where it hoped to resettle refugees.
Turkey halted the offensive following separate deals with the United States and Russia that promised the withdrawal of the Kurdish militia.
Champions League: Istanbul Basaksehir, Erdogan football club .
© Provided by Le Point Between Basaksehir and the presidential palace, the links are such that many have renamed the club "Erdoganspor" or "Erdogan Football Club ". The leader, Göksel Gümüsdag, is none other than the nephew by marriage of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his trusted man for many years. The club's sponsor and main shareholder, Medipol, is a chain of private hospitals owned by Fahrettin Koca, the Erdogan family doctor who has become the Minister of Health.