Syrian Civil War Looks Like Worst-Case Scenario for Meddling Turkey

De Facto Kurdish Independence and Security Vacuum

Several nations have been playing a role in the escalation of the Syrian Civil War, but none moreso than Turkey. They have hosted the Free Syrian Army, the largest of the rebel factions, have provided them international diplomatic access through their foreign ministry, and have loudly pressed for regime change in their favor.

But hindsight being 20/20, few nations have ended up worse off from this war than Turkey, which has seen its fears about Syrian Kurdistan exerting independence coming to pass and has been a huge swath of land along its southern border turn into a protracted battlefield.

The “Kurdish problem” was supposed to be the whole reason for Turkey’s intervention in the Syrian conflict, backing the Sunni Arab nationalist faction which was seen as hostile to Kurdish independence, but which is now struggling to assert itself in any permanent way.

Meanwhile Turkey has alienated its long-time ally, the Assad regime, and is also now in a major rift with Iran, which the Erdogan government had been trying to improve ties with for years.

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  • MoT

    How ignorant can they be? Turkey is turning out to be the Barney Fife of the Middle East.

  • mojo

    It sound that they are ready to get Israel out by bringing in Turkey, after all Turkish government will kiss the feet of Saudis and EU and Israel and US just to have the tittle.., The Member of NATO Turkish stat of stupidness.

  • Yonatan

    Netanyahoo and Barak are laughing their heads off. Revenge is sweet.

  • pendulum

    Turkey pokes its hand in the beast's cage, jabbing it with a sick, the hand will be bitten

  • jsinton

    I can't imagine what the Johnny Turk was thinking in Ankara… In what possible scenario could this have turned out well? I hope they got boat-loads of cash from the gulf states to take the edge off the pain.

  • Yonatan

    Once Syria is sorted and destabilized, Turkey will have both Kurds and well armed and trained al-Qaeda supporters attacking its southern flanks. Is Erdogan so stupid that he can't see how he has been set-up?

    • Zafer Yilmaz

      Yes , he is.