Turkey: 7,000 armed police in heavy vehicles surround NATO air base after huge rally accuses US of role in failed coup

This “security check” is hardly the action of a friend and ally. It is odd that Erdogan, who has been so friendly with Obama, would think he had a hand in the coup, but in any case, this just reemphasizes that rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey is no friend or ally of the United States, and should not be treated as one.

erdoganTurkish government extends control over security services

A new decree in Turkey has given President Tayyip Recep Erdogan and the prime minister the authority to issue direct orders to the commanders of the army, air force and navy.

The sweeping new law also shuts down military schools, establishes a new national defence university, puts the force commanders directly under the defence ministry and announces the discharge of 1,389 military personnel.

Turkey-deal-695077 resized‘The risk is great’ Turkey migrant deal could collapse admits EU boss Juncker

Turkey made a landmark deal to stop illegal immigration to Europe via its shores, in return for financial aid and the promise of visa-free travel to much of the bloc plus accelerated talks on EU membership.

But Ankara has complained Europe is not living up to its side of the accord and has alarmed EU leaders by cracking down on president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s opponents, especially after the failed coup.

“The risk is great. The success of the pact so far is fragile. President Erdogan has several times hinted he wants to terminate the agreement.”

He said that if the deal did fail “then you can expect that again refugees are standing at the gates of Europe”.

failed-attempted-coup-by-Turkish-soldiers resizedTurkey cancels 50,000 passports as President Erdogan tightens noose around suspected dissidents after failed coup

It is the latest stage in President Erdogan’s clampdown on alleged dissidents in the country, and signals his regime’s increasingly authoritarian policies.

It comes after the Turkish Government shut down 130 media outlets in a mass purge of the media following the coup attempt.

U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Turkey’s anti-Gulen crackdown ripples far and wide

Gulen’s schools have been a key source of influence and revenue for his “Hizmet” movement. It runs some 2,000 educational establishments in around 160 countries, from Afghanistan to the United States. The schools are generally well equipped, teach a secular curriculum in English, and are popular, especially in poorer countries, with the political and business elite.