On the Day of the Battle of Sarikamish, Hulusi Akar: Our Forces in Libya Are on the Side of the “Oppressed” – Al Marsad

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar claimed in a speech on the anniversary of the Battle of Sarikamish between the Ottomans and Russians, that his country’s forces were present in Libya to support the “oppressed” as he called it.

(Libya, 8 January 2021) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar his country’s forces would continue to fight against  what he called “terrorist organizations that threaten the security and stability of the country”, including the Kurdish movements, which are classified by Ankara as terrorist groups.

“Within the framework of bilateral agreements with NATO, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), our armed forces are contributing to security and stability in Azerbaijan, Libya, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Qatar, Somalia and other regions.”— Hulusi Akar

According to Anadolu Agency which published Akar’s statement this week on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Battle of Sarikamish led by Enver Pasha which killed tens of thousands of the Ottoman army in World War I on the Russian front before fighting battles in Tripoli.

“The memory of the Turkish soldiers who were martyred in defense of the homeland in the Battle of Sarikamish will remain in the Turkish nation’s mind forever,” Akar added.

Russian poster depicting Russian victory at the Battle of Sarikamish against the Ottoman Army.

PROTECTING THE “OPPRESSED

He said  Turkish forces continue fighting to protect the rights of what they described as “oppressed and aggrieved friendly peoples,” including those in Libya. Currently Turkish forces are supporting and strengthening Islamist militias aligned to the Government of National Accord (GNA), in addition to sending over 18,000 Syrian mercenaries to Libya. Many of the Syrian mercenaries have links to terrorist organisations such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Nusra.

“Within the framework of bilateral agreements with NATO, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), our armed forces are contributing to security and stability in Azerbaijan, Libya, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Qatar, Somalia and other regions,” added Akar..

BATTLE OF SARIKAMISH AND DEFEAT OF THE OTTOMANS

The Battle of Sarikamish broke out between the Ottoman and Russian armies in Eastern Anatolia during World War I in 1915. The number of Ottoman army killed in that battle exceeded 40,000 soldiers, most of whom were killed from hunger, cold and failure of their leadership. Enver Pasha assumed the command of the Ottoman army in the Sarikamish region and decided to launch a three-pronged attack on the Russian army, which occupied Ottoman territories since the Russo-Turkish War between 1877 and 1878, such as Batumi, Kars, Sarikamish and Ardahan to liberate them.

The military campaign ended tragically for the Ottomans, in which tens of thousands of soldiers were killed from the severity of the cold. Thousands of others were captured to die later in their exile in Siberia and Ukraine within the Ottoman wars, which Akar and his president’s regime insist on linking to what is being done today in their former and current colonies. After the battle, Enver Pasha publicly blamed his defeat on the Armenians and the battle served as a prelude to the Armenian Genocide.

© AlMarsad English (2021)

 

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