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Turkey's Erdogan Mourns Death of Soleimani

Turkish president recep tayyip erdogan looks on stoically
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Getty Images)

Sunday, 05 January 2020 10:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Trump-hating Democrats in the U.S., as well as most world leaders caught off-guard by President Donald Trump's ordering the bombing raid last Thursday that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, nonetheless agree on one point: The world is better off without the notorious head of Iran's feared Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Few outside Iran and Iraq are actually mourning Soleimani, whose exploits outside his native country range from providing assistance to Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon to helping plan Russian military involvement in Syria.

Not so for Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who voiced sadness last week for the death of the general known as "the most feared man in the Middle East."

According to the Twitter account from the Iranian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, last week, Erdogan made known his feelings about Soleimani's death in a telephone call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

"I watched Soleimani's [memorial] on Iraqi TV," the Turkish president is quoted as telling Rouhani. "That footage showed the Iraqi people's gratitude for him."

Reports from the Russian television network RT also cited Erdogan's condolence call to Rouhani and said he referred to Soleimani as a "martyr."

RT also reported Erdogan told Iran's president "foreign intervention destabilizes the region" and "we mustn't allow it."

Citing Turkish officials, Turkey's state-run network TRT confirmed  Erdogan telephoned his condolences to Rouhani "but did not use 'martyr' to describe [Soleimani]."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Many agree the world is better off without the notorious head of Iran's feared Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, but apparently not Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Newsmax's John Gizzi reported.
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