Turkey's President and leader of Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday called on the government to strip Turkey's main medical association of the adjective "Turkish" in its name after it vehemently opposed the military operation in Syria.Erdogan accused members of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) of backing "terrorists" after its central council came out against the campaign in Syria against Kurdish militia launched on Jan. 20 .There it should be removed quickly," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.He said the same step should also be made with the Turkish Bar Association (TBB), the country's main grouping of lawyers, which has on occasion been bitterly critical of Erdogan.The TTB association has over 83,000 members representing 80 percent of Turkey's doctors.
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