«Has Turkey Become The ‘Pakistan of the Middle East» «تركيا الباكستانية» التي سبقت «سوريا الأفغانية»

«Has Turkey Become The ‘Pakistan of the Middle East» «تركيا الباكستانية» التي سبقت «سوريا الأفغانية»

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A fighter from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra rides a motorcycle along a deserted street in Deir al-Zor, Aug. 17, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)
By: Kadri Gursel Translated from Milliyet (Turkey).
ORİJİNAL YAZIYI TÜRKÇE OKUYABİLİRSİNİZ

 

In an article in The Independent on Sept. 17, 2012, the veteran Middle East expert of the Western media, Robert Fisk, wrote that Turkey was becoming an arms funnel and rest-and-recreation center for Syrian jihadists, just as Pakistan is for the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. “Will Turkey turn out to be the Pakistan of the Middle East?” he asked.

A year later, has Fisk’s prediction materialized? Has Turkey become Syria’s Pakistan?

Pessimists would answer affirmatively to this question. Optimists, for their part, would not be telling the truth if they responded with something other than this: “We are not a Pakistan yet, but we are on the way to…

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