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Turkey’s ambitions in Syria are a testament to Erdogan’s approach to the Ottoman approach to ethnic change

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Foreign Policy magazine published a report saying that Turkey’s plans in Syria are part of its long-term effort to change the ethnic map of the Middle East, beginning with the Ottoman Empire.

The report added that one of the reasons behind the widespread international condemnation of the recent Turkish incursion

in northeast Syria through its military operation “spring of peace”, is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan to transfer

and resettle between one and two million Syrian refugees out of 3.6 million residing in the territory His country is currently,

to the safe area he wishes to establish on the border with Syria.

The report noted that Erdogan’s critics accuse him of using “demographic engineering” as a political tool

to redraw the region’s ethnic map by forcibly displacing the ethnic population in order

to reduce the Kurdish component under the pretext of fighting the PKK, which is classified as a terrorist organization by Ankara,

and also its associated factions. . In addition,

Erdogan threatens to open the door to immigration to the old continent and also flood it with immigrants.

According to “Foreign Policy,” Erdogan’s current attempts are an extension of a long history of forced displacement

of the population practiced by the Ottoman Empire, which left a mark can not removed in northern Syria in particular.

For example, people from historic Anatolia regions were displaced to the Balkans in the 15th century in order to consolidate Ottoman rule.

Muslim refugees have fled ethnic cleansing and also trials by Ottoman authorities in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Crimea.

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