Erdogan under fire for wishing martyrdom on crying 6-year-old girl

2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan kisses Amine Tiras a young girl in military uniform as he speaks to his ruling party members in Kahramanmaras Turkey

The child, six-year-old Amine Tiras, was dressed in the uniform of a military cadet. If she's martyred, they'll lay the flag on her, God willing.

It remains unclear who she is and why she was wearing like a soldier.

The girl appeared to be sobbing as she walked towards the podium.

"Her Turkish flag is in her pocket", Mr. Erdogan proclaimed after calling Amine onstage.

Good news, little girl, you're ready to die for Allah.

Leader of newly-founded opposition IYI Party, Meral Aksener, said Erdogan "is on the path of Hamas" and called for him to "stop babbling" and "put on a serious statesman attitude".

"But Maroon Berets don't cry", the president said.

The weird scene was accompanied by the party members" cheers "Chief!

Some people were appalled and took to Twitter to criticise the president.

The Maroon Berets are Turkey's special operations military unit, which has reportedly been deployed into Syria for the Afrin campaign.

Since 2004, Erdogan has paid official visits to 24 African countries, spearheading the signings of numerous bilateral pacts.

Student intake at Islamic schools has increased sharply since 2012 and the Turkish government plans to double its funding for religious upper schools.

Erdogan's apparent PR stunt was also slammed by the HDP member and the former co-chair, Ertugrul Kurkcu, who said that "kids are abused to show that the war is legitimate".

Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades. The Kurds control several enclaves in northern Syria, including Afrin, which they secured from Islamist militants and terrorists over the course of the Syrian conflict with active US-led coalition's backing.

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