The U. S. And Turkey

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Consequences the 2016 Coup brought to The U.S. and Turkey

Historically, relations between the United States and Turkey were formed through mutual respect and interest. The first U.S. interaction dates to 1831, “when the United States established diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire” (the U.S. Department of State) in 1831 through the formal act of diplomatic recognition between the countries. The friendship was strengthened in the early 1900s as the United States was elevated to Embassy status in 1906. During World War I, however, the U.S. broke the neutrality and declared war against Germany, a prime ally of the Ottoman Empire for Central Powers. This incident caused a severity in the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the
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However, the state of the contemporary relationship has been unstable through events and the rising anti-American sentiment among Turkish citizens. Despite the U.S. support to Turkey for the security of the Middle East region and the corresponding benefits through the bilateral cooperation, the two countries have currently been through several controversies.
As a safety measure toward the Islamic State, “the growing presence of Muslim fundamentalism” (ABC-Clio), the U.S. militarily has supported the Kurdish armed force in Syria, a minority ethnic group in the Middle East, to counter against the IS. However, Turkey claimed that the armed force has a connection to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has is designated as a terrorist group by Turkey. Despite the insistence of the country, the U.S. has not ceased the support, creating a split between the two countries.
A coup attempted by the Peace Council, a faction of the Turkish army, was the most prime precipitating event that led the contemporary relationship between the U.S and Turkey into a confrontation. Since Erdogan inaugurated as the president, the approval rate was remarkably ever-increasing through the strong economic conditions. On the other hand, he strengthened the dictatorial policy of Islamization in the country. Against the stance, the Turkish army believed in the importance of the separation of religion and politics, thus the relationship with the
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