Turkey Reluctant to Fight ISIS

Turkey Reluctant to Fight ISIS

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 Someone needs to tell the truth about why Turkey is reluctant to become involved with the threat of ISIS and extremist control over the region. To understand Turkey’s reluctance to fight ISIS, a comprehension of Turkey, its president Erdogan and his relationship with ISIS must be realized.

Erdogan aligns himself with Muslim extremists who are devoted to the principles of Sharia law. Supporters of his regime support principles which are the foundation of the ISIS philosophy.

In May, 2013, riots erupted in Istanbul. The last remaining park in the city was to be torn down and replaced with an industrial center. Gezi Park was merely the fuse. The Taksim Square protests were actually about President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. His attempts to make the diverse city convert to an entirely Muslim society angered thousands of citizens in Istanbul and other cities.

Today the terrorist group ISIS is at Turkey’s door as they attempt to capture the Kurdish city of Kobani. But Erdogan refuses to assist the brutal fighters who are attempting to capture land in the Mideast and establish an extreme Islamic State.

Riots have begun again in Ankara and Istanbul, but this time the protesters are Kurds. They are angry that Turkey has taken no action to protect the city of Kobani. Rioting has spread to approximately 30 cities; a curfew has been established by police who have been using water cannons and tear gas to ward off the Kurds.

Reports claim that it is now impossible to save the city. About 9,000 freedom fighters are attempting to hold on to the last of their home, Kobani City, while the flags of ISIS fly in three other neighborhoods. Evacuations continue and journalists are not allowed to enter. Fears continue that not all the refugees will be able to exit the city in time. A slaughter may be imminent.

In the United States President Obama has openly vented his frustration with Turkey. Although Turkey is a member of NATO, it refuses all aid including logistical support to the U.S. led coalition.

Inside Turkey, the Parliament has voted to aid in the fight to save Kobani, but President Erdogan vetoed the measure. The city of Ankara has a quandary; although sentiment runs high to support the city on their own border, they are reluctant to fight the rebels who are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. While Turkish tanks sit on the border observing the ISIS advance, they will remain there until the U.S. creates a ‘no-fly’ zone over Syria.

The U.S. wants the use of an airbase in southern Turkey for its coalition’s use, providing air strikes against the terrorists attacking Kobani, and the use of Turkey’s air space. It also wants Turkey to limit the flow of terrorist money through Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Erdogan refuses any aid until Assad is removed from power.

Last week while making a speech at Harvard University, Vice-President Joe Biden suggested that ISIS is a direct result of aid to Syrian rebels by Turkey and others. Mr. Biden was forced to apologize to Erdogan, although it is most likely the truth.

Just last month Turkey negotiated with ISIS to free and recover 49 hostages. There appear to be many reasons why Turkey is reluctant to fight ISIS, and Erdogan is spearheading that front himself.

James Turnage

 

Sources:

The Guardian

BBC

The Jerusalem Post

The Hindu

 

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James Turnage is currently a writer and editor for The Public Slate, a subsidiary of the Guardian Liberty Voice. He is also a novelist who is in the process of publishing his fourth effort. His responsibilities include Editing, reporting , managing.

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