Turkey has occupied Cyprus since 1974, ostensibly to protect the Turkish Muslims there from attacks from the Greek Orthodox Christians. Those attacks were not, of course, really happening. But now Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tuğrul Türkeş, has let the cat out of the bag: “There is this misinformation that Turkey is interested in Cyprus because there is a Turkish society there… Even if no Turks lived in Cyprus, Turkey would still have a Cyprus issue and it is impossible for Turkey to give up on that.”
Sure. Because it is part of the Turkey’s new jihadist expansionism. Cyprus was a goal of the warriors of jihad from the very beginning. As I show in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, jihadis first conquered Cyprus in the 649, and the island was thereafter a point of contention between the forces of Islam and those of Christian Europe for centuries. In 1571, the Ottoman Sultan Selim the Sot ordered a new jihad conquest of Cyprus because his favorite wine was made there, and he had drunk through all his stores of it. As I show in the book, this course of action didn’t work out so well for Selim.