Turkey withdraws troops from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill in Norway


The commander of the Joint Warfare Centre, Major General Andrzej Reudowicz of Poland, also apologised to the Turkish government, the report quoted a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official as saying.

The Secretary-General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was forced to issue an apology to Turkey's President on Friday after it was revealed that his name had been included on a list of enemies used for a military drill in Norway. "In that chart, there was my name and Ataturk's picture".

Turkey withdrew its troops from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military exercise in Norway after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the country's founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were listed as "enemies", state-run Anadolu Agency reported Friday.

"They said they had made a decision to pull our troops out and will do so, so we told them to not stop and go ahead and take our 40 soldiers out of there".

"There was an incident in Norway", Erdogan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party members in capital Ankara.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement saying, "I apologize for the offense that has been caused".

"During a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise at the Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, an exercise message was published on the internal exercise network", Frank Bakke-Jensen said in a statement.

"Such a state cannot be an ally of Turkey", the Turkish president said.

NATO's website lists two military exercises that are now ongoing in Norway.

Turkish media also reported that a fake social media account in the name of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was used to send anti-Nato messages.

The Norwegian official has been removed from the exercise, and an inquiry has been ordered to determine how the mistake happened. According to its website, it has a staff of 250 made up of civilians from 11 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states, including Turkey. "Turkey is an important ally in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and we value our good cooperation", Bakke-Jensen said in a statement.