Turkey’s Erdogan occupies, insults Iraq

This satiric music video from Germany says about itself:

Song: Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan | extra 3 | NDR

17 March 2016

English subtitles available. For Turkish subtitles this way please.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Erdogan lashes out at Prime Minister of Iraq

Today, 15:56

Turkish President Erdogan said that Turkish troops should not be excluded from an operation to retake Mosul in northern Iraq. In a speech in Istanbul, Erdogan reiterated that Turkey does not comply with the demand by Iraq to withdraw their troops from a base in northern Iraq. …

In the speech in Istanbul, Erdogan said that the Turkish army will not accept orders from Baghdad. Before an audience of religious leaders from the Balkans and Central Asia, he attacked the Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi.

“You are not a partner in talks, you’re not on my level, you are not my equal, you do not have my qualities,” Erdogan said about Abadi.


Relations between Turkey and Iraq chilled when Turkey in the end of last year sent troops to northern Iraq. This was done according to the government in Baghdad without the consent of Iraq. Repeated requests by Iraq to get these troops out were rejected by the Turks. …

The background of the Turkish military presence is the fear of Turkey that Mosul after expelling ISIS might be taken over by Shia and Kurdish fighters.

14 thoughts on “Turkey’s Erdogan occupies, insults Iraq

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  2. Thursday 13th October 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    THE row between Iraq and Turkey over the looming liberation of the city of Mosul from Islamic State (Isis) continues to escalate.

    On Tuesday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi blasted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter over his earlier demands that Turkish forces take part in the operation.

    The latest row began last week after the Iraqi parliament passed a motion calling the unauthorised Turkish presence north of Mosul a hostile “occupation” and “blatant violation” of Iraq’s sovereignty.

    “We will liberate our land through the determination of our men and not by video calls,” Mr Abadi said, mocking the Turkish president’s nationally broadcast video call to a TV journalist during July’s failed coup attempt.

    Earlier, Mr Erdogan warned Mr Abadi to “know his place.”

    He sneered: “You are not my interlocutor, you are not at my level, you are not my equivalent, you are not of the same quality as me.”

    “Your screaming and shouting in Iraq is of no importance to us. You should know that we will go our own way.”



  3. Thursday 13th October 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    Turkey’s so-called state of emergency has given Erdogan the opportunity to increase his party’s power, writes CEM SIMSEK

    HAYATIN SESI, a Turkish nationwide TV station, was established nine years ago as the “voice of millions not millionaires” but is now being targeted in the Turkish government’s “anti-coup” witch-hunt alongside 22 other television and radio stations.

    Following the declaration of a state of emergency on July 20, parliament has been suspended and the government has been equipped with wide-ranging powers. In the immediate aftermath, under the pretext of the operations against supporters of the Fethullah Gulen terror organisation, all opposition groups were labelled as linked to terror and became the focus of the purge.

    The closure of our channel, which is the voice of workers, was an important part of this purge. Before the state of emergency came to an end the ruling AKP party was able to reach an important point in its ambitions — not least with regards the dismissal of over 10,000 members of militant teachers union Egitim-sen, the suspension of academics calling for peace and of course the detention of opposition journalists.

    When interpreting the current situation many people in Turkey do not view the coup as failed; the coup is viewed as having changed hands only and the processes that would have taken place under a coup are continuing unfettered. When we look at the AKP government’s aims and ambitions prior to the coup attempt, it is clear that these views are justified and not without foundation.

    Before the attempted coup the issue of a “Turkish-style presidency” was raised at every speech; in fact because of the infighting among the AKP, President Recep Tayyipt Erdogan ensured the dismantling of prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s government and prepared the ground for Binali Yildirim to take up the role.

    The state of emergency has provided an opportunity for Erdogan to equip himself with presidential powers.

    Despite claims that civilians would not be affected, even the crumbs of democracy and basic legal rights have been shelved, indicative of the type of society AKP aspires to and wants to give legal status to.

    The real reason behind the silencing of opposition media outlets is because they resisted against the presidential stories pushed by the government and instead stood with the forces of labour, democracy and peace.

    Last week 23 media organisations were raided by police and their possessions seized.

    However it is unclear whether these channels have been shut down, what their legal rights are and what kind of legal process will take place.

    The reason for all of these unknowns is Erdogan’s arbitrary use of the state of emergency.

    Moreover, the oppression of news outlets is not limited to those already mentioned.

    Every day new rules are put in place which restrict the financial resources available to these media organisations.

    Threats of closure are being made against newspapers and magazines, and more and more websites are being shut down daily. In the face of all these developments, Europe — the so called “heart of democracy” — intentionally remains silent.

    For years Europe has been preaching “democratic values” to all corners of the world, but when it comes to Turkey, the issue of refugee bargaining is making Europe tongue-tied.

    While Turkey shelves the fundamental right to freedom of expression and media freedom, Europe looks like it is going to continue its support for Turkey in order to “secure its borders.”

    Who cares about the oppression of our fundamental democratic rights to freedom of expression and an independent media?

    European Union leaders are clearly taking steps to allow room for manoeuvre for Erdogan and the AKP government, which is shown first and foremost in the delay of its Turkey progress report until after the November 1 general elections.

    The silencing of opposition media also means usurpation of workers’ democratic rights in Turkey, the intensification of the war on Syria and a rise in militarism.

    For these reasons workers and organisations in the EU and Britain must also stand up for the independence of the media and freedom of information.

    This is not only a requirement of working-class struggle but will also be critical in the exposing of future imperialist plans in Syria.

    Cem Simsek is political editor of Hayatin Sesi. This article was translated by Cinar Altun.



  4. Wednesday 26th October 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TURKISH Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared yesterday that Ankara will consider all military options, “including ground operations,” if developments in Iraq threaten Turkey’s security.

    Mr Cavusoglu said that Turkey would use its international right to quell threats from the Islamic State (Isis) group and Kurdish fighters in Iraq.

    He said that “if the threat against us” increases “we will use our power … to end the threat against us and that is our most natural right.”

    He was expanding on comments he made on Monday, alleging that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is crossing into Turkey from Iraq and co-ordinating attacks.

    The Baghdad government has rejected Turkish interference in its ongoing campaign to liberate Mosul from Isis control.

    But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi’s complaints, insisting that Turkey has a stake in both Mosul and the Syrian city of Aleppo.

    Turkish PM Binali Yildirim claimed on Sunday to have provided backing, “with artillery, tanks and howitzers” to peshmerga forces deployed by the Kurdish regional government around Mosul.

    Ankara has occupied Iraqi territory for some time, setting up a military training camp at Bashiqa, despite Baghdad’s complaints.



  5. Wikileaks publishes Erdoğan’s son-in-law Albayrak’s emails
    Wikileaks published Turkish President Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak’s emails.

    Wikileaks published Turkish President Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak’s emails. Nearly 58 thousand emails, that have been sent between 2000 and 2016 and show Albayrak’s ties to Powertrans company that has done trade with ISIS, have been published. The 58 thousand emails were sent from Albayrak’s personal email account, and in several emails Albayrak discusses with his lawyers how to prove that he does not have any ties to Powertrans. In a statement, Wikileaks emphasized that Albayrak has been involved in companies such as Powertrans that have traded oil and other products with ISIS.


    In one of the leaked emails, Albayrak discusses with his lawyer how to deny his institutional ties to Powertrans company, and his lawyer suggests that Albayrak uses the phrase “My client Berat Albayrak no longer has any ties to the mentioned company.” In response, Albayrak says “What does this mean? I have no relation with these companies.”


    In its statement, Wikileaks leaked the ties between the AKP and the ‘army of trolls’ that the AKP strengthened during the Gezi Resistance of 2013 in order to increase its influence in social media.

    In an email from January 2016, Albayrak tries to ensure the sale of İpek Medya, which belonged to Gülen movement and was seized by the state, to AKP supporters.


    In its statement, Wikileaks said “The Turkish state restarted the political genocide against Kurdish people.”

    The Turkish state had blocked access to programs such as Google Drive and Dropbox, where the email communication of Berat Albayrak that had been hacked by RedHack was uploaded.

    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 06-12-2016


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