Erdogan's Anger Grows

The Trump administration has announced plans to create a force of 30,000 troops to protect territory inside Syria now held by America’s Kurdish allies, and the president of NATO ally Turkey is, unsurprisingly, hopping mad about it. “A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders,” responded Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “What can that terror army target but Turkey? Our mission is to strangle it before it’s even born.” Watch this story.


Erdogan’s fury centers mainly on his fear that Syrian Kurds will provide inspiration and tangible support for Kurdish separatists inside Turkey. But this US decision merely exacerbates Erdogan’s anger on other issues, such as the dispute over Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom Erdogan blames for fomenting unrest inside Turkey. The US refuses to extradite him. But the larger reason US-Turkish tensions will grow in 2018 is the prospect of early elections in Turkey later this year, which Erdogan intends to win in part by playing to anti-Western sentiment among his most reliable voters.

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A steady increase of violence in the Sahel region of Africa over the past eight years has imposed fear and hardship on millions of the people who live there. It has also pushed the governments of Sahel countries to work together to fight terrorists.

The region's troubles have also captured the attention of European leaders, who worry that if instability there continues, it could generate a movement of migrants that might well dwarf the EU refugee crisis of 2015-2016.

But is Europe helping to make things better?

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In a new interview with Ian Bremmer for GZERO World, former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says that the single most important step to reopening schools in the fall is to control infection in the community. But as of now, too many communities across the United States have lost control of the Covid-19 virus. Opening schools will only become a possibility once a majority of people start practicing the "Three 'W's" ("Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance") and local and federal governments enforce stricter protective policies. The full episode of GZERO World begins airing on US public television on Friday, August 7, 2020. Check local listings.

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Jim Geraghty argues in a National Review op-ed that we shouldn't blame Trump for the fact that the US has one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the world. But though he's right that not everything is Trump's fault, Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analyst Scott Rosenstein take out The Red Pen to show that the evidence he cites to let Trump off the hook doesn't hold water.

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