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Erdogan's Africa tour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose aspirations for regional leadership have failed, has begun trying to acquire leadership of the Islamic world on his Africa tour.
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (L) receives a gift from Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (R) after addressing a joint news conference in Somalia's capital Mogadishu January 25, 2015. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan travelled to the Somali capital Mogadishu under heavy security on Sunday, making his second visit in four years to promise further investment in the country as it struggles to rebuild after two decades of conflict. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4MTPA
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Just as Kurds were jubilantly celebrating the end of the Islamic State (IS) siege of Kobani, a city that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Oct. 7 to be on the verge of falling, another part of the world — the Horn of Africa countries and especially Somalia — were witnessing a show put on by Turks playing for the leadership of the Muslim world.

Erdogan, who started his Africa tour from Ethiopia, interrupted it for a short while to attend the funeral of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and then resumed it with visits to Djibouti and Somalia.

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