Sunday 22 October 2017

Erdogan will not tolerate the birth of a Kurdish semi-state

Turkish soldiers patrol near the border with Syria, ouside the village of Elbeyli, east of the town of Kilis, southeastern Turkey.
Turkish soldiers patrol near the border with Syria, ouside the village of Elbeyli, east of the town of Kilis, southeastern Turkey.
A Turkish military vehicle leaves from the Dag military post, which was attacked by Islamic State militants on Thursday, on the Turkish-Syrian border near Kilis, Turkey. Photo: Reuters
The wife of Turkish soldier Mehmet Yalcin Nane cries on her husband's coffin during the burial ceremony in Gaziantep yesterday. Photo: Getty

Richard Spencer

Turkey's decision to send fighter jets against Isil positions in Syria and open its Incirlik and Pirinclik air bases to US jets is a step-change in its involvement in the fight against militant jihad.

Whether it turns into open war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is another matter.

The deal between the reluctant AKP government in Ankara and the US has been a year in the making, though it was only announced after Isil had effectively declared war by bombing a cultural centre in the Turkish border town of Suruc, killing 32 young people.

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