The authoritarian leader attempted to turn recent local elections into a referendum about national security. The results suggest his tactics did not work.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan championed the construction of the mosque, which has a capacity of 63,000 people.
While most of the attention is focused on the growing economic crisis in the country, Recep Erdoğan must deal with another serious problem: democratic dissent.
A snap election in Turkey, announced earlier this month, briefly put residents of Northern Syria on edge ahead of a threatened incursion by Turkish forces. Now, it's back to life-as-usual.