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Medics to lose Turkish tag

Reuters
Saturday, February 10, 2018

ANKARA - Ankara will strip the word "Turkish" from the name of its main medical association after the organisation publicly opposed the military campaign in Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

It is the latest in a growing feud between Mr Erdogan and the 83,000-member Turkish Medical Association and emblematic of the president's broader push against traditionally left-leaning professional groups.

Since the launch of the offensive in northwest Syria's Afrin nearly three weeks ago, authorities have said they would prosecute those who criticise the incursion. The medical association denounced the operation, saying "No to war, peace immediately".








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