Turkey has withdrawn its troops from a NATO military drill after the country’s founder and its current president were included among “enemies,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
“There was an incident in Norway; they put up something like enemies table and it included [Mustafa Kemal] Atatürk’s name and my name,” Erdoğan said on Nov. 17 in his address to a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) meeting in Ankara.
“When we heard of this, our Chief of General Staff and EU Minister were on their way to Canada. It was a NATO drill, we had 40 soldiers there. We decided to withdraw those troops, and they started the necessary process. We said withdraw the troops even if those names are taken out. Such things have been made from time to time in different places. Unfortunately, we have such people among us, too,” he said.