(1) Turkey is a growing economic power. It's average yearly growth is 8%. It is already a $1.1 trillion economy. (2) Turkey has the second largest Armed Forces in NATO. (3) Turkey has soft power in the Middle East. (4) Turkey holds the Islamic artifacts required to claim the Caliphate. The Islamic equivalent of the papacy. As such, the Turkish Republic is considered the de facto leader of the world's 1.6 billion muslims. (5) Turkey controls the only entrance into the Black Sea (The Istanbul Straits) (6) Turkey controls 90% of the pipelines carrying gas and oil from central asia into Europe (7) Turkey's geographic location enables it to control the Suez canal and Gibraltar. The list goes on.
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