On December 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul,  the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to and his ruling AKP party, published an article  titled “A Call for Urgent Action,”[1] which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against ?”[2] The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of .

It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the i army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this. It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege , while noting that Pakistan, as the only nuclear country, has “a special status” among the OIC countries. An interactive map provides information on forces stationed in various locations and the role they can play in the potential joint Muslim attack on .

Calls To Form Joint Islamic Army

The main points of the article are taken from the website of the Turkish SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which provides consultancy on defense and fare, both conventional and unconventional, and on organization, training and gear. The company has an agenda of promoting pan-Islamic cooperation. According to its mission statement, it seeks “to establish defense collaboration and defense industry cooperation among Islamic countries, to help the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers by providing… strategic consultancy and training services to the militaries and homeland security forces of Islamic countries.”[3]

According to i security sources, the SADAT company is involved in aiding Hamas, and seeks to assist – with funds and gear – the creation of a “Palestine Army” to fight .[4]

SADAT Founder Adnan Tanrıverdi

The SADAT company was founded by Erdoğan’s senior advisor on affairs, retired general Adnan Tanrıverdi, and is chaired by his son, Melih Tanrıverdi. Adnan Tanrıverdi (b. 1944) served in the Turkish army’s Artillery Corps and headed the Home Front Command in .  He is an expert on assymetric fare, and was dismissed from the Turkish in 1996 for his Islamists leadnings. A former Turkish army officer, Ahmet Yavuz, described him as “an enemy of Atatürk” and stated that his dismissal from the army was not surprising.[5]

The Yeni Şafak article is based on a PDF booklet featuring a number of articles by Tanrıverdi, as well as other materials, that appeared on the homepage of SADAT’s website and has since been removed.[6] Some of the articles are virulently anti- and promote the goal of arming the Palestinians and forming an Army of Islam to eliminate .

One of these articles, titled “SADAT and the Future of the Muslim World” describes as “the outpost of the new Crusade and a dagger in the heart of Islam,” and “the eyes, ears and fist of the Christian World.” A second article, titled “How to Solve the Palestinian Question?” emphasizes the need to utilize the OIC as the basis for a permanent defense cooperation committee, and also describes his vision of establishing bases for the purpose of liberating Palestine. An article titled “Palestine Too Should Have an Army” articulates Tanrıverdi’s vision of forming a Palestinian army equipped with tanks and other heavy weaponry, and adds that this army, along with a united Army of Islam, can bring about ’s defeat within 10 days and its diplomatic defeat within 20 days.

The fact that Yeni Şafak echoes Tanrıverdi’s articles indicates that regime-associated media is promoting an agenda of attacking .

Tanrıverdi Associate Arrested In On Suspicion Of Aiding Hamas

Recently, became ae of Tanrıverdi’s activities after it arrested a Turkish academic, Cemil Tekeli, on suspicion of aiding Hamas terrorists in . According to the i paper Makor Rishon, Tekeli, who has since been deported to , is a close associate of Adnan Tanrıverdi. The Makor Rishon report featured a photo of him with both Adnan and Melih Tanrıverdi:[7]

From left to right: Melih Tanrıverdi, Saudi colonel, Adnan Tanrıverdi, and Cemil Tekeli

The following are excerpts from the Yeni Şafak article, along with some of the images and infographics that accompanied it. Bold text was highlighted in the original :

“This Wednesday, Istanbul will host an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at which decisions on and economic issues will presumably be made. In this framework, it becomes evident that the member states’ [joint] might greatly exceeds that of . Moreover, in a possible operation, this superiority [can] be realized on the ground by [setting up] joint bases for ground, air and naval forces. Below are a map and statistics presenting a comparison between and the [proposed] Army of Islam…

What If An Army Of Islam Was Formed Against ?

“If the OIC member states unite and form a joint force, it will be the largest army in the world. These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100. Their [overall] defense budget, of $174,728,420, is also worthy of emphasis.

Half Of Istanbul

“As for , it is significantly inferior. The population of this country, which attempted to occupy while surrounded by Muslim states, is 8,049,314. Note that the population of Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million. The number of soldiers in active service in the [i] occupation forces is 160,000, and [’s] defense budget is approximately $15, 600,000,000.

Defense Budget: OIC: $174,728,420; : $15,600,000. Population: OIC: 1,674,526,931; : 8,049,314. Soldiers: OIC: 5,206,100; : 160,000″

Islamic Countries Will Lay Siege To

“Among the decisions that can be taken at the OIC [summit] is to form a ‘ Task Group.’ In this framework, steps are likely to be taken. The [Muslim] armies, ranging from Africa to Asia, surpass the i [army in might]. So if an Islamic army is formed, will be under a siege.

At The First Stage: 250 Thousand Soldiers

“In a possible operation, the first step is expected to involve 250,000 soldiers, and the establishment of joint land, air and naval bases for use in the short term.

“500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 planes, 500 attack helicopters and 50 ships and submarines can be mobilized.

Interactive map providing information on particular bases and missions in a possible operation against . Clicking on various locations provides the following information, for example:

Eskişehir  Konya – Kilis:  In case of a operation, air bases in various locations will house 100 planes and 500 attack helicopters, and also serve as reinforcement and supply bases. 250,000 staff, including pilots, will be ready for duty.

[Northern] : In case of a operation, the 50 ships and submarines stationed in naval bases can take an active role [in the fight] against in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Turkish navy, among others, will participate in the operation. Together the forces will comprise 250,000 men.

Bases Close to Available For Immediate Action

“The planes that will be dispatched to the region from greater distances will be stationed in airbases [closer to ]. will most likely to be besieged by the naval fleets that will be sent to the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

The Necessary Equipment Exists

“The capability of the OIC member states is considerable. These armies have the necessary equipment to carry out a operation on land, sea and air.

Even Alone Is Superior [To ]

will serve as an important headquarters during the operation, due to its land, air and naval infrastructures. The Turkish army, which carried out ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’ [in in 2017] with great success, is now ranked the world’s seventh strongest army, and the second largest army among the NATO powers. has approximately 4,000 tanks and 1,000 planes and other aircraft. Its navy made significant progress during the last years, with 194 vessels at its disposal.

“As the only country which possesses nuclear weapons, Pakistan has an important status among the 57 Muslim [OIC] countries…

“Those who believe that they are the owners of today will not find a single tree to hide behind tomorrow”

Asia’s Defiance

“In a statement, Malaysian Defense Minister [Hishammuddin] Hussein described Trump’s recognition [of as ’s capital] as a blow to Muslims, and added: ‘The Malaysian armed forces are ready to fulfill their duty regarding .’

Is Forming Alliances

“In recent years, has launched a series of collaborations with [OIC] member states. The joint drill with our i neighbors conveyed a clear message to the terrorists, and is [also] engaging in new collaborations with Qatar, Somalia and other Gulf and African countries. In this context it should be underlined that is taking steps to realize the model of the ‘Army of Islam,’ forging alliances with many Muslim countries to increase its mobility.”