Something dire is happening within NATO in Brussels and Ankara, which is worrisome because Turkey is the second largest military power in that alliance. It is not Montenegro, Jan Oberg, Director of the Foundation for Peace and Future Research, told RT.
The US Secretary of State has lauded the courage of the Turkish people who defended their country and democracy during last year’s military coup attempt, which Ankara pinned on the followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Turkish government officials are bickering with the US embassy in Ankara over an investigation into two suspects accused of conducting an unlawful search of Turkish intelligence trucks illegally shipping weapons to Syria.
Turkey is upset over US collaboration with the Kurds in Syria as it feels it will empower the minority, says author/historian Gerald Horne. There’s also the question of Qatar, which Turkey has supported and President Trump has been attacking furiously.
Germany is prepared to move its troops from the Incirlik base in Turkey to Jordan after Ankara denied German lawmakers a visit to the military airport over Berlin’s refusal to extradite the alleged suspects in last year’s failed coup attempt.
Germany has granted refugee status to Turkish nationals who were stationed at NATO bases and applied for asylum amid Ankara’s wide scale crackdown on disloyal officials after a failed coup in Turkey last July, according to local media reports.