Turkey Reconsidering NATO Membership?

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Turkey Reconsidering NATO Membership?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Turkey's military in the alliance is second only to America in size. President Erdogan nominally sides with Russia and Iran on Syria.

His sincerity is another issue entirely. He's long coveted annexing northern Syrian and Iraqi territory, especially its oil-rich areas.

His economic ties with Russia and Iran are growing. As long as he supports terrorists in Syria, trilateral relations are fraught with uncertainties. 

His relations with Washington deteriorated significantly since the 2016 aborted coup attempt to unseat him.

He blamed the plot on ex-pat cleric Fethullah Gulen, living in Pennsylvania. Washington refuses to extradite him. No evidence indicates his involvement in what happened. He denies accusations against him.

Erdogan is at odds with Washington over its support for Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. He's u
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