Erdogan will not tolerate the birth of a Kurdish semi-state
Published 25/07/2015 | 02:30
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.