Turkey: Questions Remain About Where Its Loyalties Lie
While President Barack Obama came to the defense of Turkey when it shot down a Russian jet allegedly flying over its airspace, many remain skeptical that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a reliable ally in the fight against ISIS.
“Over the past five years, American policymakers, Turkey watchers, terrorism experts and a slew of journalists have come to understand that while Ankara can play a constructive role in combating extremism and resolving the Syrian conflict, it has chosen not to. And as that conflict spreads and jumps borders, the Turks’ myopia on jihadism in Syria may very well come back to haunt them and their Western allies,” writes Steven Cook in Politico.
Most of the doubters point to Turkey’s active opposition to Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, who the US considers some of the most effective fighters against ISIS but who Turkey sees as a potentially destabilizing force within the region.
The rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are seen in a positive force in Washington, but in Ankara it is the opposite, so much so that since the start of its assault on both ISIS and PKK rebels on July 24, Turkey has fired about 100 times more strikes at the PKK than ISIS extremists, according to ARA News.
And tensions within Turkey are only heightening after a well-known Kurdish lawyer and rights activist, Tahir Elci, was killed in a shootout in Turkey’s troubled southeast on Saturday. His death has fueled accusations that the state was behind his murder and sparking protests in several cities.
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