Erdoğan says Turkey has right to kill people abroad who threaten national security

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said his country has the right to kill individuals abroad who Turkey sees as threats to its national security, adding that good news on the issue would come soon.

Erdoğan’s controversial remarks came during his party’s weekly meeting on Wednesday.

In an apparent reference to the recent killing of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US forces in Syria, Erdoğan said: “Some countries find the terrorists they see as threats to their national security wherever they are and kill them. So this means they acknowledge that Turkey has such a right as well. This includes the terrorists with whom they shake hands and praise a lot. God willing, we will give good news to our nation about this issue soon.”

Erdoğan’s remarks have led to concerns among the critics of Erdoğan who are labeled as terrorists by the Erdoğan government.

Erdoğan has been waging an unprecedented crackdown on followers of the Gülen movement over the past several years as it accuses the movement of masterminding a failed coup in July 2016. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the abortive putsch.

Thousands of followers of the movement have fled the country to avoid jail as more than 600,000 people have been investigated over Gülen links and more than 30,000 have been jailed as part of these investigations.

Erdoğan also accuses the Kurds supporting the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of links to terrorism.

Last year, HDP İstanbul deputy Garo Paylan announced that the Turkish government established an assassination team to kill government opponents abroad. Paylan said he confirmed this information from multiple sources and that there would be a series of assassinations of Turkish citizens abroad, mainly those in Germany.

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  1. I am not in favour of Governments & or the States extending their judicial influence abroad risking violations of SOVEREIGNTY alongside HUMAN & INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS however; Isreal, USA, Russia and others have set precedence! hence Turkish DICTATOR is JUSTIFIED in what he is saying

    • NO he is not justified, the above countries you mentioned, prosecute or ask for deportation of the persons of interests and set up a tribunal and inthose hearings, the accused has the right to defnd her/himself- that is called due process if you had heard of it. But in this case did you detect the wordlike “prosecute” or “bringing to justice”? It is direct killing! Hence I think you are Justifying the dictator and you support him!

  2. There’s a huge difference between taking out Bagdadi who was recognised by most all nations as a devout member of an openly terroristic organization, and proudly flaunted that in propaganda videos, and a state assassinating it’s own citizens for being dissenters, while also violating the sovereignty of other Nations that have given those expatriates safe harbor.

  3. Erdgan is upset because he had strong ties to Bagdadi. They were business partners. Do he out of control because of sorrow over Bagdadi s death. Hopefully he will end up just like Bagdadi. As the NBA player Enes Kenter mentions; “He is the Hitler of this century for sure. The biggest legalized terrorist being tolerated by western countries.