Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that military operations could expand into the Kurdish-held parts of Iraq, while addressing his supporters in Ankara, Monday. This announcement comes after Turkish troops invaded the sovereign nation of Syria and took its northern city of Afrin.
President Erdogan has a personal, patriotic drive to restore Turkey to its former Ottoman Empire glory. This is one of the fundamental reasons Erdogan intervenes in other nations’ affairs, particularly Egypt and Syria, because they were previously under Ottoman rule.
Since much of the land of modern Iraq was once also under Ottoman rule, it is no surprise to hear this latest announcement.
Erdogan’s expansionist dreams are no secret. Day after day we see his dream of reviving the Ottoman Empire emanating from his actions. He is seeking in every way to perpetuate his name and become the 37th Sultan, succeeding 36 of his predecessors.
Erdogan has already enforced the teaching of the Ottoman language and made it compulsory in secondary schools, saying, “It is time to return to our roots”. He also revived the Ottoman anthem, making it compulsory in schools. Even the military has to chant ancient Ottoman slogans, “March to the borders”, with battle cries of “Allahu Akbar” in military training for the first time since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.