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Erdogan: The revolutionary enigma who holds the West in sway

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There are few political enigmas these days – strongmen, yes, but not enigmas. We have US President Donald Trump, who is far from it; we have UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is Trump without the charm, and we have various leaders across Europe and the world who somehow fit on either side of the right vs left political spectrum. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, is an exception.

Proof of this was came during last week’s NATO summit in London, in which leaders and representatives from the alliance’s 28 member states gathered to discuss its very future and survival. On the sidelines of this summit, Trump and Erdogan met to discuss a number of issues including developments in northern Syria following Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring, which the US previously condemned despite Trump having given it the green light.

READ: Opposition to Turkey’s operation is opposition to Sunni power in the Middle East

This time, however, Trump praised Turkey for doing a “good job” in northern Syria following the halting of the operation. Can it be swept aside as the usual political indecisiveness and ineptness that Trump is known for? Maybe. But a similar attitude also prevailed last month when Erdogan visited Trump at the White House and attempted to justify the operation by showing a propaganda video outlining Kurdish militia crimes against Turkey’s civilians.

Trump was again charmed and ordered Senator Lindsey Graham to block a........

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