Turkey sees Afghanistan as lever for global agenda – analysis



He has several agendas. He wants to control Afghanistan as a key route to China and Iran and also to sit astride the global jihadist moments from Idlib to Kabul so he can use them for his own agenda to become a world leader. Islamic.

Turkey’s ruling AKP party is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and it wants to work with Malaysia, Pakistan and other countries on what it sees as “Islamic” causes, such as the pressure on it. India on Kashmir. But he also has pragmatic reasons for cooperating with the Taliban: Kabul may be the key to influence over Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia.

Turkey’s military presence in Afghanistan will strengthen the hand of Kabul’s new administration on the international stage, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week. Erdogan means he wants to help the Taliban, just as Turkey’s ally Qatar has helped them.

Ankara will also position itself as a tap controlling the flow of Afghan refugees to Europe. He will use refugee pressure to obtain funds from Germany in exchange for stemming the tide of Afghans.

Turkey is building a wall on the border with Iran to prevent Afghans from entering and wants to control the airport to send them back. Germany, a key ally of Turkey, and other European states will likely pay it to dash refugees’ hopes, as EU states have been doing since 2015.

Taliban fighters march in uniform through the streets of Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, in this still from a social media video uploaded on August 19, 2021 (Credit: REUTERS)

But what does Turkey say about its role in Afghanistan?

Almost all of Turkish media are government-controlled or linked to far-right groups that support the ruling AKP party, so Turkish headlines can be interpreted as mimicking government rhetoric.

“Turkey will make every effort for stability in Afghanistan,” Daily Sabah reported last week.

Meanwhile, an article on the government-run TRT World website was titled, “How International Actors Laid the Foundation for the Taliban Regime.”

“Despite the strength of the Taliban insurgency and its strong local ties across the country, many experts believe that certain regional and international actors, primarily the United States, have played a crucial role in facilitating the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.” , indicates the article.

Turkey, which is working with Russia to buy S-400s and has new deals with China, is also interested in what it thinks about it.

Russia and China want the Taliban to keep ISIS and al-Qaeda weak in Afghanistan and not be a platform for terrorism, according to the article.

A more interesting article on the pro-government news site Anadolu said last week: “Turkey seeks to position itself according to the realities of [a] new world order emerges … As the axis of history shifts from [the] Atlantic at [the] Pacific, Turkey justly consolidates [the] multilateral dimension of its foreign policy.

This article sums up Ankara’s worldview in its decision to push some of its chess pieces into Afghanistan in the hope of working with China, Russia and Iran to control Kabul.

Just as the United States and the Soviet Union moved to Berlin in 1945, Turkey sees this as a pivotal moment. As the United States declines, the new world leaders will settle in the proverbial Berlin of 2021, which is Kabul.

The post-American world that followed the American Global War on Terrorism is a world where Turkey, Russia, China, and Iran will work together and not against each other to weaken the United States.



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