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The US Issues With Turkey Are Significant: Can Our Relations Improve?

March, 14, 2017, Armchairpoliticianturkey, By Brad Peery, ArmchairPolitician.US

The US, and Turkey are both NATO members and the US has Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Also, we are both against ISIS. Will those common interests be enough to facilitate improved relations?

We are providing support to Kurdish fighters to fight ISIS in Syria. The Turks consider the Kurds to be terrorists. The US plans to aid in the retaking of Raqqa in Syria are under review. Turkey says relations with the US would suffer if the US supports the Kurds in that confrontation. As a side note, Turkey and Russia have a pact that involves support for different parties in Syria, with Turkey not demanding that Russia drop their support for Assad.

U.N. Human Rights Office has released a report criticizing Turkey for its actions against the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party. Turkey has striped many of their representatives of their votes. They are accused by the U.N. of violence against people living in 30 towns and neighborhoods, where curfews were imposed following the failed 2016 coup. The report said that a half million people were displaced, and human-rights violations occurred, including the large-scale destruction of homes. Also, Turkey has asked for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey says masterminded a failed coup in July, 2016. The US has not announced a decision with regard to this Turkish request.

Turkey has a referendum, to be decided in April, 2017, to subvert democracy by allowing President Erdogan to remain in power for 10 years, if he wins his second term.

Turkey has expanded its military presence in Syria to create a buffer zone against the Kurds. This appears to be more important than it’s opposition to ISIS.

Turkey has criticized the Trump labeling Islamic terrorism as an issue. It has also criticized the US 6-country temporary travel ban.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion The fight against ISIS is a high US priority, and should be pursued, even if it involves support for the Kurds. The Erdogan move to consolidate his power, and possibly try to impose an Islamic state, is anathema to US values of the separation of church and state.

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