Turkey cannot progress without jihad, parliament speaker says

The Turkish Parliamentary Speaker, İsmail Kahraman, said there cannot be progress for Turkey without "jihad".

Speaking about Turkey’s incursion in northwestern Syrian district of Afrin, Kahraman was quoted by Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu as saying:

We were conducting the Euphrates Shield (cross-border military operation) yesterday, and today we are in Afrin. We are a big country. One cannot progress without jihad, cannot stand tall.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, jihad means a crusade for a principle or belief, but is often used in its principle meaning as a holy war on behalf of Islam as a religious duty.

Referring to U.S. involvement in Syria during his speech, the parliamentary speaker asked, “What business do the American cowboys have here, in Africa, in Asia?”

Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was shaping world politics “remarkably”, Kahraman added.