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Why Erdogan’s media sees British conspiracy in Somalia

The delusional, conspiratorial narrative in Turkey’s pro-AKP media raises questions about the capacity of the ruling elites of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "New Turkey" to understand the world as it really is.
Somali government soldiers and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers secure the scene of a suicide car explosion in front of the SYL hotel in the capital Mogadishu January 22, 2015. The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at the gate of the hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting on Thursday, a day ahead of a visit by their president, Tayyip Erdogan, to the Somali capital. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW MILITARY)
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On Jan. 22, a car bomb exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel, where a Turkish team was getting ready to welcome Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. No Turkish nationals were among the six victims, yet the suicide attack was interpreted by both Turkish and Western media as an assault on the Turkish presence in Somalia. The jihadist group al-Shabab, also known as al-Qaeda of Somalia, claimed responsibility, and a spokesman for the group said that Turkish officials had been specifically targeted.

In return, one would expect to see some analysis and concern about al-Shabab in the Turkish media. However, the pro-government media — a steadily growing segment — has shown almost no interest in the group, and has rather focused on a different preoccupation: the alleged British conspiracy behind al-Shabab.

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