The statements of Bremer, who said that the Ottoman Empire was and imperial power in Iraq for 400 years, was fiercely condemned by the Group Deputy Chairmen of Republican People's Party (CHP) and Justice and Development Party (AKP).
A high-ranking Foreign Ministry Official said, “If U.S. says that they will withdraw from this issue this will be a total inconsistency.” The same official stressed that the sole addressee of Turkey on the issue of sending troops to Iraq was U.S. and that, “There is nothing arriving from U.S. officially. It should not be forgotten that it was U.S. that demanded Turkish troops. We are still waiting for an official request.” The Foreign Ministry official also reacted at depicting Ottoman as an imperial power in Iraq by saying, “These remarks were made in a television program. The man who said that should be asked where were U.S. and Britain then?”
AKP Group Deputy Chairman Salih Kapusuz said, “Those who carefully evaluate the activities of the Ottoman Empire in 4 continents for 700 years will see that it was not an imperialist power in the region for 400 years. Imperialists flew into this region when Ottoman pulled its hand back. Hence there has been no peace in those territories since then.
Haluk Koc from CHP said, “The best thing Ottoman might exploited then could have only been “date (hurma).” It did not exploit oil, similar to what U.S. does.”