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NATO Fired Servicemen Who Depicted Ataturk, Erdogan as 'Enemies'

NATO Fired Servicemen Who Depicted Ataturk, Erdogan as 'Enemies'

Reports said that an image of the "enemy" in the mock exercise was actually a photo of modern Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey needed to clear the Afrin region of northwest Syria of Kurdish YPG militia fighters, who have been in the forefront of the battle there against Islamic State insurgents.

This was confirmed by a Turkish force personnel who attended the Trident Javelin drill held in Norway from November 8-17.

"They said, "This has happened ... and we are going to take out our 40 soldiers.' And I said, 'Absolutely, don't hesitate, take them out right now" Erdogan said, adding that "it's not possible to have this kind of alliance".

Norwegian defence minister Frank Bakke-Jensen apologised for the incident as well.

Erdogan said that the incident had made himself and Ataturk "targets" although he did not elaborate.

In an address to his ruling party's provincial leaders on Friday, Erdogan said his and Ataturk's names were placed on a "table" listing "enemies" during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drills.

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He said the injured man in his 30s was helped by three commuters, and put into a wheelchair was taken away on an ambulance. He said many passengers lost their balance and fell on the floor.

Under Erdogan, Turkey's relations with NATO's leadership and the European Union have frayed in recent years.

Western allies have been particularly troubled by a deal for Ankara to purchase an S-400 air defence system from Russian Federation. "I apologise for the offense that has been caused".

He said the incident was the result of an "individual's actions" and did not reflect the views of the alliance.

In the second one, a contracted civilian by the Norwegian Military in Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum in the Netherlands opened a fake account in the name of the Turkish president on NATO's internal social media network, said the official stressing that the suspect was not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official.

"The Norwegian national was removed from the exercise by JWC as a outcome of the incident". He was a civilian contractor seconded by Norway and not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation employee.

Stoltenberg added that Turkey is a "valued NATO Ally, which makes important contributions to Allied security".