Turkey has the history of carrying genocides.
During World War I, the Turkish Army carried out mass atrocities against Armenian civilians in Kars and Alexandropol. These included rapes and massacres where around one million ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were killed and billions worth Armenian property confiscated.
Recently, as the international media focused on the chaos unfolding in Afghanistan, Turkey ramped up its drone attacks on Yazidis in Iraq’s Sinjar district. While Turkish diplomats and journalists often insist its targets are affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the Turkish military and intelligence services often do not distinguish between legitimate members and ordinary farmers or schoolchildren. The most recent strikes destroyed a medical clinic. The Turkish drone strikes increasingly threaten to undercut refugee repatriation inside Iraq and create space for the Islamic State to regroup, as the most effective Kurdish groups fighting ISIS are Sinjar’s grassroots Kurdish and Yazidi militias.
Turkey increasingly relies on drones to achieve militarily what it cannot otherwise accomplish diplomatically.
This was the case three years ago in Libya as Turkey sought to strengthen its Islamist allies. It repeated this last year in Nagorno-Karabakh. As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has literally gotten away with murder, he has moved to expand Turkey’s reliance on drones. Over the last year, the Turkish military has built a drone base at an old airport in Northern Cyprus that Turkey has occupied illegally for almost half a century. This base, combined with the capabilities enabled by a new Turkish satellite that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is scheduled to launch, will expand the operational range of Turkey’s drones across the Eastern Mediterranean. That Turkey threatens NATO partners such as Greece and sides with designated terrorist groups like Hamas over Israel should be a wake-up call to the Biden administration.
Increasingly, it appears that Erdogan seeks to undermine other Biden initiatives. Consider Ethiopia, where the Biden administration has worked admirably to restrain Ethiopian Prime Minister and Nobel Laureate Abiy Ahmed’s genocidal campaign against Ethiopia’s Tigray population. Biden asked his friend Sen. Chris Coons to speak with Abiy. Biden then appointed Jeffrey Feltman to be his special envoy to seek peace in the Horn of Africa. More recently, USAID administrator Samantha Power traveled to the country to seek to convince Abiy to end attempts at collective punishment of the Tigrayans and to allow aid into the region. Abiy refused to meet with her.
Instead, in recent days, Abiy has traveled to Turkey, ostensibly to promote diplomacy. In reality, it appears the meeting was to arrange delivery of Bayraktar TB2 and Anka-S drones to Abiy’s forces to use against the Tigrayans. Such drones could be as much a game-changer in the Horn of Africa as they were in the South Caucasus when Azeri forces overran Armenian towns in Nagorno-Karabakh.
In effect, Erdogan’s actions are for drone proliferation what Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan was for nuclear weapons. Erdogan and his clients may seek ethnic cleansing against Yazidis, Armenians, and Tigrayans, but, for both ideological and financial reasons, Erdogan does not care.
According to sources. Ethiopia seems to have flown something big from Turkey. Bayraktar TB2 drones? May be.
According to BOSPHORUS OBSERVER, large Ethiopian cargo plane was in Çorlu on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Unscheduled, night cargo flight was carried on Friday, August 20, 2021. Then on Saturday, August 21, 2021, plane flew back to Addis but then to Harar Meda, with no normal flight pattern.
Source: Modified from Washington Examiner.