Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time to pressure Turkey to change its role in Syria and Iraq

February 11, 2015 
By Goran Zaneti S.
Your Middle East

"A serious discussion about Turkey’s current role should be brought to light by all American stakeholders"

The war against the group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, has been a slow one and much of its progress is hampered by a lack of commitment among regional partners. These partners, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey, have been more concerned with the removal of Bashar al-Assad in Syria than the more urgent threat now posed by ISIS. Turkey’s role has been particularly concerning as the border shared with Syria remains largely open to Syrian fighters that allegedly include members of al-Nusra and the Islamic State. In most cases, Turkey has undermined U.S. interests with regards to ISIS. U.S. politicians, however, have done little to compel Turkey to change its role in the conflict.

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