Dean Stavridis Weighs in on MSNBC
Turkish EU Minister Omer Celik has called on Berlin to shut down German companies with links to cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey's post-coup crackdown has now been widened to include more business leaders.
By Josh Wood, The National
Not all that long ago, Turkey and Russia were exchanging words of war. The strongmen of the two countries – Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – are both leaders who command almost fanatical support among their followers, crush dissent when it arises and aspire to their county being a dominant power in the Middle East. And when Turkey shot down a Russian jet on the Syrian border last November, both men predictably puffed out their chests. Neither is the kind to back down from a fight.
German officials have issued contradicting statements over a leaked government report saying Turkey is a “hub for Islamist groups,” with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere defending the report just hours after two other high-level officials praised Ankara for its efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).