PM Dovutoğlu: Turkey Gearing up Fight Against ‘barbaric’ ISIL
Turkey’s top leaders have begun deploying sharper rhetoric against extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria, with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu calling them “barbaric” and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan underlining “the obligation to fight” against them.
“We must make this struggle against all terrorist organizations in the region and against this understanding targeting Iraq and Syria,” Erdoğan said in an address to the World Economic Forum meeting in Istanbul Sept. 28, in an apparent reference to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Davutoğlu also decried the organization yesterday. “The common point of those who link ISIL to Islam is their ignorance. On the one hand, the barbarism ISIL is now committing today is the product of its own ignorance. The civilizations Islam and Islamic communities have developed cannot be linked with ISIL,” Davutoğlu said in a lengthy lecture he delivered on the occasion of the opening of the academic year at 19 Mayıs University in Samsun. “ISIL cannot be linked to Islam.”