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Dangerous alliances and brotheroods


Erdogan’s Turkey, having made peace with its Eastern and Islamic identities, Is now pandering to historic
enemies none too popular with its Western allies

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi during a meeting to promote the peace process in Syria. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS

Erdogan’s Turkey, having made peace with its Eastern and Islamic identities, Is now pandering to historic
enemies none too popular with its Western allies

Turkey and Erdogan haven’t enjoyed much success within the Arab world in the past few years and that is perhaps the reason why sooner or later, they expect to get their own back. Attention is currently focused on North Africa and Libya where Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, alongside Egypt and general al-Sisi, are supporting the boss of Cyrenaica Khalifa Haftar. While Ankara, with Qatar and to some extent Italy, is backing the Tripoli government, the city of Misrata and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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