Bestoon Khalid
Global Citizen from Kurdistan

Hidden Power Behind Erdogan

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poses for a photo during a visit to the island of Yassiada in the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul, May 24, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Following Turkish invasion of North East Syria and amidst accusations against Turkey and its jihadists proxies of using forbidden weapons against civilians and conducting war crimes, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heading to the United States to meet his American counterpart Donald Trump, on November 13, 2019.

It’s clear that Erdogan’s visit is not welcomed by the Senate, the House nor the public, however, the doors of the White House are widely open for him. Although the contradicting statements of Trump regarding to Erdogan’s invasion of NE Syria, were mainly read as stands against Turkey, the reality on the ground tells that Trump’s fight against Erdogan looks like a sham fight, rather than a real one, as Turkey has already launched an ethnic cleansing in Kurdish cities of NE Syria, forcing hundreds of thousands of local population to flee, introducing Turkish as an official language in the area and putting its plan to settle two million Arab and Torkuman Syrian refugees in the region, calling it a “safe zone,” with the help of the United Nations.

With this attempt Turkey is not only planning to create a buffer zone between its borders and the Kurds, nor an ethnic cleansing, but also building a safe haven for radical jihadists to grow and become a secondary army under Erdogan’s commandership, similar to the Turkish “safe zone” in Idlib, where ISIS caliph Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi took refuge in. These radical jihadists who can be considered as a new form of ISIS, as they both share the same takfiri-jihadists ideology, are now growing under the protection of a NATO member state; Turkey. As the world witnesses this big danger, the White House is passive and the United Nations is working closely with Turkey to make Erdogan’s fantasies to change the demographics of the region and building its secondary army out of al-Qaida and ISIS remainders and create an “Ikhwani state,” the new “IS” for them in Syria. So, here is the question, what makes the White House paralyzed when it comes to stand against Erdogan’s threatening plans, which will certainly make the Middle East even more unstable and home to new conflicts.

One answer to this question may be the impact of the lobbying army behind Erdogan on the White House and President Trump, in person. US-based Court Reporter Adam Klasfeld’s work on these lobbyists reveals their strange network of ties and connections. Erdogan’s Turkey worked intensively with the US-based lobbying firms in 2014 and following years, seeking their help in its fight against the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and his Hizmet Movement which has been accused by Erdogan of trying to overthrow him. Although in their fight against Gulen, Turkey’s lobbyists may not have been very successful, it is clear that in recent months, they have been playing an active role in convincing Trump to withdraw the American troops from the NE Syria and giving green light to the Turkish invasion.

Meanwhile, there have been a mysterious phone call between Erdogan and Trump on October 6, 2019, which led to the withdrawal of American troops and the beginning of the Turkish campaign against NE Syria. This over-phone consensus between Trump and Erdogan was just days after Erdogan’s visit to the New York city to attend the 74th session of the UNGA, in which his government’s efforts and attempts to guarantee an appointment for him with President Trump were failed, while President Trump did not bother to meet 28 world leaders, on those days, including El Salvador’s Bukele and Honduras’ Hernandez. It is obvious that it is the content of the phone conversation on October 6, 2019 which changed the whole course. What did the Turkish President tell Trump on this call making him support Erdogan from behind and launch a sham fight against him on the stage, is still a big mystery.

Putting everything happened in past few weeks together and adding the claim by the British conservative weekly the Spectator, which suggests that Turkish intelligence obtained an intercept of a call between President Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which Kushner green-lighted arrest of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist who criticized the crown prince in his Washington Post column and finally adding the fair assumption that Turkish intelligence, by itself, is not capable enough of wiretapping a phone conversation between Kushner and Bin Salman strengthens the hypothesis that there may be a “hidden power” behind Erdogan and a simple brainstorming, is going to make it super easy to guess who the hidden power(s) behind may be.

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Bestoon Othman Khalid is Kurdish journalist, based in Sulaimani city of Kurdistan, reporting from and commenting on Kurds, Turkey and Iraq. Born in 1987, Bestoon has successfully worked for the leading Kurdish radio station; Radio Nawa and the most watched Kurdish TV; Rudaw Media Network. To get the latest updates from inside Kurdistan, Iraq and Turkey: Subscribe to Bestoon's channel on Youtube via youtube.com/bestoonkhalid Follow him on Twitter via twitter.com/bestoon_khalid
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