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Turkey pretends to fight ISIS – by dropping bombs on Kurds

BN-JO124_turkey_J_20150725051429Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, hosts an urgent security meeting in Ankara on Saturday. Photo: Zuma Press

Erdogans daughter works at Turkish hospital built to help patch up ISIS fighters. Clearly she has the usual Muslim hero-worship for these terrorists, like her father.

Turkey is very similar to Saudi Arabia. Whenever they want to attack or fund attacks on some enemy or another of theirs, and they seem endless in numbers, they always pretend they are combating “terrorism”. Terrorism that they themselves fund, aid and spread. Of course the Turks are not eager to fight ISIS. They are upset over the Kurds recent success in recapturing areas near the Turkish border. This is what their sudden spring to action is all about. No one should be under any assumption that Turkey’s reluctance to fight ISIS has made any turnaround. They know exactly who they want to target..

Turkey Strikes Kurdish Militant Positions in Northern Iraq

As it strikes PKK, Turkey continues attacks on Islamic State in Syria amid push to create ‘safe zones’

ISTANBUL—Turkish forces launched airstrikes on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight, the prime minister’s office said Saturday, the latest escalation that effectively ends a shaky cease-fire in place since 2013.

Turkish bombers destroyed warehouses, barracks and logistically important positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, at the group’s bases in northern Iraq, officials said. The attacks were the Turkey’s first in northern Iraq since 2011.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was launching a campaign “against all terrorist organizations” rather than just Islamic State. Turkish forces launched air operations against Islamic State in Syria early Friday and airstrikes continued overnight.

Turkey said its aim was to create “safety zones”—or no-fly zones—in northern Syria, a move it has called for since the beginning of the Syrian civil war four years ago. These zones would “from naturally” once the areas under Islamic State control were cleared, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised statement from Ankara on Saturday.

An image from an aircraft cockpit video released by Turkey’s state-run agency Anadolu on Friday of what it reports to be Turkish warplanes striking Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria. Photo: Associated Press

“Once ISIS has been cleared from the areas, safety zones will form by themselves. Displaced people will be settled in these areas,” Mr. Cavusoglu said, referring to Islamic State by a different name.

Turkey dramatically changed its stance against Islamic State on Thursday, launching airstrikes against targets in Syria, agreeing to open air bases to U.S. warplanes and detaining suspected militants, which on Saturday numbered 590, Mr. Davutoglu said.

Turkey, which has long faced criticism for its inability to stop the flow of foreign fighters moving through its territory, has since 2011 called for the creation of no-fly zones near the Syrian border to aid rebels fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and host the growing number of Syrian refugees. Turkey currently hosts nearly 2 million refugees from Syria in most major cities and more than two dozen camps along the border.

Asked whether there was an agreement between the U.S. and Turkey regarding the formation of such zones, Mr. Davutoglu only responded saying it was “the wish of both countries to see people safely return to their homes.”

Turkey and the U.S. will take all important decisions regarding the use of North Atlantic Treaty Organization air bases in Turkey together, he said. Mr. Cavusoglu noted that while the decision to allow the U.S. to use the southern Incirlik air base had been taken, legal procedures hadn’t yet been completed to open it for use.

The PKK and its Syrian affiliate have emerged as the U.S.’s most effective battlefield partners against Islamic State, even though the U.S. and its allies have for decades listed the PKK as a terrorist group. U.S. war planners have been coordinating with the Syrian affiliate—the People’s Defense Units, or YPG—on air and ground operations through a joint command center in northern Iraq.

Turkey fought a bloody war against the PKK for almost 30 years until the government began peace talks with the organization, based in northern Iraq since 1999, backed up with a fragile cease-fire that had significantly improved security and helped stabilize Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeastern regions.


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