Erdogan and Ataturk depicted as enemies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise

Turkey sees ‘international cooperation’ against Erdogan

"I apologize for the offence that has been caused", said Jens Stoltenberg, adding: "The incidents were the result of an individual's actions and do not reflect the views of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

"I have been informed about offence caused in a recently concluded exercise at NATO's Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway", he said, in a statement.

"Such a state cannot be an ally of Turkey", the Turkish president said. They put up something like an enemies board which included Ataturk's picture and my name.

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

"They told me that they are withdrawing our 40 soldiers from there [Norway]", Erdogan said. "There can be no alliance like that", Erdogan told members of his ruling AK Party in Ankara. "The incidents were the result of an individual's actions and do not reflect the views of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

The Turkish leader said of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance: "There can be no such pact, no such alliance", the New York Times reported.


NATO's website lists two military exercises that are now ongoing in Norway.

"It's not possible to have this kind of alliance", he added, speaking in front of giant pictures of himself and Ataturk, who founded modern Turkey out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. It was not clear what drill Erdogan was referring to and there was no immediate comment from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It is now led by Major General Andrzej Reudowicz of Poland.

"The Norwegian national was removed from the exercise by JWC as a outcome of the incident".

"The message does not reflect Norway's views or policies and I apologize for the content of the message".

"Turkey is a valued NATO Ally, which makes important contributions to Allied security". The five officers said that they feared being arrested and tortured in Turkey.

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