Turmoil in Turkey
Kurdish Riots Show Cost of Turkey’s Caution in Syria
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  • gabrielsyme

    Above all, Erdogan does not wish to move against ISIS in such a way that
    strengthens Assad, whom he regards as the greater threat in Syria.

    It’s not that Erdogan imagines Assad to be a greater threat to Syria, but rather that he regards Assad as the greater threat to Erdogan’s own ambitions.

  • jeburke

    I find it hard to believe that Erdogan views Assad as the greater threat. After all Assad I and Assad II have been running Syria for 40 years with little evidence of any harm to the Turks. Rather, Erdogan sees himself and Turkey as the preferred leader of the Sunni world and paramount power in the Middle East — as opposed to Iran, whose influence over Assad is evident. I think Erdogan is quite happy to see ISIS take on pro-Iran clients. Why then should he send his tanks against ISIS?

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