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Turkey and the Taliban

Turkey has a terrorism problem. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly defended the ties between his adviser Cuneyd Zapsu and an al-Qaeda financier. He has embraced Hamas and has refused to speak up as the Palestinian terrorist group turns its guns on children, so long as they are Jewish children. He has defended both Hezbollah and Sudan’s genocidal dictator Omar El-Bashir.

Many Turkish officials point to Turkey’s contributions in Afghanistan, but fail to note that perhaps as many Turks fight with the Taliban as fight with NATO.

Now the Taliban reports that the Erdogan government has allowed the Taliban to open an office in Turkey. While official Washington has long recognized Pakistan’s double dealing with the Taliban, it seems that Turkey may soon become Pakistan Junior.

The irony, of course, is that Turkey talks a good game about engagement, but according to sources in the Turkish foreign ministry, Namik Tan and the Turkish embassy in the United States maintain a blacklist of Jews with whom Prime Minister Erdogan has forbidden discussion. But, when it comes to Turkey, that’s simply par for the course.


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