Pro-Erdoğan columnist says US planning to attack Turkey

Turkey's autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Yusuf Kaplan at an İstanbul hospital on June 19, 2017.

A staunchly pro-government columnist, Yusuf Kaplan, wrote in his Monday column that the US is planning to attack Turkey, which he argued, would divide Turkey by starting a civil war in the country.

Writing for the Yeni Şafak daily, Kaplan, considered one of the ideologues of the government and its supporters, reminded his readers of the US military support for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey claims is affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

“The US is planning to attack Turkey. They are trying to keep Turkey busy with domestic problems … different segments of society, even the same segments are being made to fight each other by creating malice and incitement. However at our southern borders, dangerous developments that will shape the fate of our country and region are happening: The American government is obviously sending hundreds of truckloads of arms, tanks to the PKK-affiliated YPG,” Kaplan said, claiming that a PKK state that will act as a second Israel is being founded, which would divide Turkey by starting a civil war in the country.

The US, which has reportedly sent 909 truckloads of military equipment to the region since June 5, announced that the aid was for operations against the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Raqqa. However, the pro-government media claimed that the supplies are for an operation in Syrian areas that were taken under control by the Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters during Operation Euphrates Shield between August 2016 and March 2017.

Claiming that stopping the Ottoman Empire removed the biggest barrier before Western powers, whose aim is to achieve total domination of the world, Kaplan said Western powers are afraid of Turkey, which is seen as a savior by victims around the world who are hoping Turkey will ensure their independence and protect them from the domination of the West.

Kaplan said economic and strategic relations with China, Russia and Brazil should be strengthened since Westerners made their intentions clear by publishing maps of a divided Turkey and displaying “occupier” and “putschist” attitudes in the wake of a July 15 botched coup attempt. (

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