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NATO blunder ignites Turkish calls to leave alliance

Diplomatic and military experts say quitting NATO would not strengthen Turkey’s hand but weaken it.

A major blunder in NATO has brought bitter political rivals in Turkey into a rare demonstration of unity. Parties across the political spectrum are announcing their distrust of the international alliance.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke of the “major scandal,” as it is being referred to in Turkey, during an address to officials from his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara Nov. 17.

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