Few Westerners have paid much attention until now, but the Islamic State has put the people and leaders of Turkey — and particularly Istanbul, which for centuries served as the seat of the Islamic kingdom or “Caliphate” — in its crosshairs.
- On August 9, 2015, the Islamic State put a photograph of Turkish President Recip Erdogan on the cover of Issue #11 of its recruiting magazine, Dabiq, putting the Turkish leader on notice that he is being targeted by the jihadist movement. In one of the articles, ISIS denounced “the apostate regime and army of Turkey.” The editors then added: “We ask Allah to support the mujahedeen [fighters of jihad] of the Islamic State against the agents of [the infidels] until the banner of the Caliphate is raised high above Istanbul….”
- Also last August, ISIS released a video calling on Muslims to “revolt” against Erdogan. In the video, an unidentified speaker says that Erdogan “did…
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