Dec 24 2017

U.S. attempts to ‘encircle Turkey,’ pro-government newspaper says

With the new National Security Strategy, the U.S. administration attempts to “encircle Turkey” by increasing troop deployment inside and around Turkey’s borders, a pro-government Turkish newspaper wrote.

The new ‘American Axis’ stretches from Hungary all the way to the Basra Gulf, Yeni Şafak said.

The number of U.S. troops deployed in U.S. [NATO] bases in Turkey has doubled in the last few months, the newspaper wrote, while it increased from 3,000 to 7,000 in Turkey’s army base in Qatar.

Additional troops and munitions will be sent to the U.S. bases in east European countries.

This marks the biggest deployment of U.S. forces to the region since the end of the Cold War, done “under the pretext of NATO,” Yeni Şafak said. This is “an attempt to encircle Turkey from the west.”

Citing the increased tensions between Turkey and United States in Iraq and Syria regarding Turkey’s protests against the U.S. military support to the Kurdish fighters, the paper said, “it is only a matter of time before a possible confrontation between Turk and American troops takes place either in Euphrates Shield regions or in Afrin and Manbi.”