Though Turkey was loudly touted by the Obama Administration as a key ally added to their anti-ISIS coalition, so far the nation has not agreed to take any military role in the war, and indeed, had previously ruled such a role out over concern about hostages.
With the hostages freed, Turkish officials are now opening up to the possibility of some military role, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying the country could take a role in future fighting against ISIS.
The comments were decidedly non-committal, though Erdogan did say he was open to deploying ground troops into Syria for the creation of a future “buffer zone” along the border.
Turkey had been keen to see a buffer zone created inside Syria as a way of getting rid of some 1.3 million refugees they’ve taken in since the war began. Since much of the Turkish-Syrian border is now ISIS-held, it’s not an ideal place to carve out a temporary refugee camp.
Turkey had proposed the buffer zone years ago, when the Syrian Civil War began, but the fact that they’re once again floating the idea suggests they may be nearing some commitment to the conflict, despite the huge risk of blowback in fighting a war right along their southern border.
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Erdogan wants to wait until ISIS targets are difficult to find; then he can bomb the Kurds under the pretense of destroying ISIS hideouts.
We saud it long time ago, The Turkish government simply wants to safeguard their investment, ISIS, by creating this buffer zone and becoming the new occupying force in northern Syria. ISIS has done what they were asked to do in Syria, cleansing Kurdish people from the area where the Turkish government, Erdogan regime wants to create a buffer zone, when is done, then Saudis/UAE/Qatari mercenaries will enter Iraq and Syria as occupying force. This was the plan when Israel divided palestinians land and Gaza populations become their hostage, so is going to be the case with Kurdish people living their homes looking for refuge in Turkey. But for now the Turkish, Erdogan/EU mafia having good time with ISIS stolen oil saling it much less then market price to international oil cartel.
Turkey's border is Hatay Province, which Turkey took from Syria in a deal with the elder Assad. It has a population mix more like Syria than like the rest of Turkey, and it is pro-Assad, or at least anti-this-war.
A zone across the border would be an enlargement of Hatay Province, something they are unlikely to want to give up, ever.
A zone across the border might relieve the pressures on Hatay Province as it is now, but it would intensify all of those problems by absorbing them at their worst.
Turkey is balancing greed against major trouble, in the guise of "solving" the trouble it would certainly make worse.
This is Bull S—, Turkey is supporting ISIS along with the rest of NATO
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