Erdogan's war

Erdogan's priorities changed after he lost the June election. Now his own power was at stake, and to keep it he needed a war.

Mexican Government Photo
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Feb. 12 in Mexico City.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 10/14/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 10/14/2015 12:00 am EDT

The death toll from the twin suicide bombs at a peace rally in Ankara on Saturday has reached 128. The Turkish police were not present to provide security—they never are at “opposition” events—but they did show up to fire tear gas at the mourners afterwards.

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