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Turkey’s ‘hostage diplomacy’ point of concern for West

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Turkey has been a cause for alarm in the West. It’s taken over Christian churches, it’s backed Islamic jihad on its borders, and there’s even been talk of its president, Tayyip Recep Erdogan, envisioning the restoration of the Ottoman Empire, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Now the regime is being accused of running its international diplomacy through “hostage-taking.”

In the most recent incident, two Greek soldiers stepped across the border during a snowstorm. Others include German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, French journalist Loup Bureau and American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson.

“All were imprisoned in Turkey on trumped-up terrorism-related charges,” comments Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut, who is based in Washington, D.C.

In a piece for the Gatestone Institute, he cited Freedom House project director Nate Schenkkan’s comment that “Turkish hostage-taking has become one of the most pressing problems in relations between Ankara and its Western allies.”

“It is something that everyone

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