October 10, 2019

Turkey’s Syrian Invasion Should be the Last Straw

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s army has just invaded Syria and begun killing Kurdish forces that fought bravely alongside ours in the recent, successful campaign to destroy the Islamic State caliphate. This incursion is just the latest proof that Turkey is a U.S. ally no more.

It follows the Turks’: purchase of Russian air defense missiles; increasing ties with Communist China; and flouting of U.S. sanctions against Iran. Then, there is the growing role of Turkey in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood – including that Sharia-supremacist group’s subversive operations and entities inside the United States

President Trump has threatened to respond harshly to a Turkish incursion in Syria, including by devastating that country’s economy. At the minimum, we must end the pretense that Turkey is a reliable partner and deserving of the preferred treatment accorded to the valued NATO ally it once was.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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