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Turkey’s foreign policy rationale

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Or, “lack thereof…” perhaps. Caution is in short supply nowadays. What I see as vain foolhardiness is applauded as valiant audacity by others. Those others include the policy makers. They are convinced that the pandemic offers a unique opportunity for Turkey to carry the day. Across the border in Idlib and Iraqi Kurdistan, overseas in Tripoli, “full speed ahead” is the name of the game. Not only that, but also the predominant expectation is Turkey regionally replacing part of China’s global supply chain share once the pandemic subsides.

Ergo, from the Libyan skies Turkish combat drones strike at LNA targets with an increasing tempo. In Idlib, the size of the TAF military presence exceeded 20.000 troops. More political pressure is piled on the KRG in order to close once and for all the dormant Makhmour “camp” –which is more of a Erbil suburb with its 14.000 civilian population. Briefly, it looks as if........

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