More chaos in Syria.
Erdogan brazenly challenges EU : “Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you,” Erdogan said in a speech to parliament.
Is Europe prepared for what comes next, or will they remain on their knees, held hostage by Erdogan?
– Kurds accuse Turkish forces of shelling a prison in Qamishli holding ISIS jihadis.
Attacks are a deliberate attempt to free the prisoners, local commanders said.
* At this point (see our next post), Erdogan must be answered…not coddled as he was far too many times in the past.
In a first for the V4 Report, we finally found ourselves in agreement with something from the mouth of French President Macron, who accused Turkey of ‘helping to rebuild ISIS’s caliphate’.
We will also add that Austria’s Sebastian Kurz and the FPO Party have both been direct and outspoken critics of Erdogan, consistently opposing any attempt to grant Turkey with visa-free travel status or EU membership.
– Of particular concern are prisons holding some 10,000 ISIS fighters, wives and children, including 2,500 foreigners.
Under the new plan, Turkey would become responsible for all of these prisoners, effectively placing the future of European security into Erdogan’s hands.
A senior Kurdish official warned on Thursday that Islamic State militants could break out of prisons in northeast Syria as fighting intensifies.
Donald Trump isn’t exactly helping on this issue. In a tweet, when asked about the possibility of Islamic jihadists escaping, he tweeted that “they’re going to be escaping to Europe”.
He’s actually correct in his statement but naive to believe this would not eventually impact the USA either. We like his second request better…to introduce crippling economic sanctions on Turkey. This is the best way to adjust Erdogan’s attitude.
But the EU cannot sit back like sheep either, hoping to appease Erdogan so he does not flood Europe. This is weak and a losing long-term strategy.
In our next post, the V4 Report offers advice to the EU on the preventive actions they must take now (before the actual emergency hits…a migrant tsunami) to seal and defend its external borders.
One cannot rely on Erdogan for this.