By Nahed al Husaini
VT/Istanbul: I met today with Orhan Nahrin and Emine Cakir, representing President Erdogan. The party is distributing food as part of Ramadan to the poor.
Orhan Nahrin is the party leader for the al Fateh area in Istanbul.
The questions involved VT’s analysis of US policy toward Turkey in light of President Trump’s surprise, to some, swing to Israel and away from Turkey.
Currently, the US is threatening to cancel Turkey’s F35 deal as Turkey has signed contracts to buy the S400 air defense system from Russia. There are no competing systems to the S400, it is the finest in the world at this time.
Turkey, if Russian press is to be believed, is looking at the Russian competitor to the F35, the SU57, a new 5th generation fighter than was showcased in operations against ISIS inside Syria in February.
With the extreme deterioration of US relations with Turkey, the threat of the US working with Gulan and/or Kurdish separatists to dismember Turkey, something only possible if Erdogan was gone, is something being looked at very seriously.
Feelings in Istanbul are running very high, with open animosity toward Americans growing every day. America is now clearly being seen as responsible for the 2016 coup attempt.
Moreover, the recent arrest of Turkish Air Force officers who trained with Israel, as being part of the coup, is an important but un-noted subtext to the unraveling set of conspiracies that Turkey feels herself subjected to.
Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of the Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987).
She’s also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.