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Turkey, the U.S. and Europe Are All Partly to Blame for the Festering Syria War

Behlül Özkan | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey bears a large share of responsibility for the festering of the civil war in Syria. To that end, Turkey -- along with Saudi Arabia -- recently helped create the Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest), an alliance of diverse jihadi groups, to try to overthrow the Assad regime. The U.S. and E.U. are also to blame, having assisted Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in their destabilization of Syria.

Turkey Cannot Effectively Fight ISIS Unless It Makes Peace With the Kurds

Ömer Taşpınar | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Ömer Taşpınar

Erdogan doesn't fully support the eradication of jihadist groups in Syria. The reason is simple: the Arab and Turkmen Islamist groups are the main bulwark against the expansion of the de facto autonomous Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. Thus, Erdogan tries hard after each ISIS attack to create a "generic" threat of terrorism in which all groups are bundled up together without any clear references to ISIS. He is trying to present the PKK as enemy number one.