Turkey intends to join the fight against the Islamic State
Turkey has signaled that it may send troops into Syria and/or Iraq and allow its allies to use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State militants as coalition jets launched airstrikes on insurgents that were besieging a town close to Turkey’s southern border with Syria on Wednesday.
The Turkish government sent a proposal to parliament on Tuesday night which would strengthen existing powers and allow the government to order military action in order to “defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.”
This proposal would also enable Turkey, which has, until now, been reluctant to take a frontline role against the Islamic State, to allow foreign military forces to use its territory for cross-border incursions.
However, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remained a priority for Turkey and stressed the nation’s fears that continued United States-led airstrikes without a broader political strategy would only prolong the instability.
“We will fight effectively against both the Islamic State and all other terrorist organizations within the region; this will always be our priority,” President Erdogan told the opening of parliament, but added: “Tons of bombs dropped from the air will only delay the threat and danger. Turkey is not a country in pursuit of temporary solutions nor will Turkey allow others to take advantage of it.”
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