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New Turkey PM Seeks Restoration of Ottoman Empire Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 10:27 PM

Turkey's newly-elected Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has close ties with the Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIS) and seeks a return of the Ottoman Empire to transform the Middle East into a more united Arab region as an Islamist caliphate.

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Turkey's new premier and outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves his successor a troubled legacy after a bold policy to expand Turkish influence across the ex-Ottoman empire left the country painfully exposed to the Syria and Iraq crises."

PM Davutoglu believes that restoration of the Ottoman Empire can boost the global powers of Islamist jihadists.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "Critics accuse Davutoglu of perusing ideas that backfired disastrously by backing Islamic rebels in Syria who then went on to create the brutal Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Moderates are calling for a recalibration of Turkish foreign policy when outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes the presidency on Thursday (Aug 28) to mend fences with the West and pursue more realistic goals in the Middle East."

Davutoglu enjoys widespread popularity in Turkey for his nationalist sentiments and radical Militant Muslim agenda.

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