What Turkey wants in Syria

Turkish columnist, Burak Bekdil, analyzes the current Turkish strategy in joining the fight against ISIS and allowing the U.S. to use Incirlik air base. What Ankara wants, as articulated by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, is to have an ISIS free corridor on the Turk-Syrian border, that is occupied by the Free Syrian Army. But the FSA, argues Bekdil, are also Islamists if somewhat less barbarous than the IS. So what, Turkey wants, in fact, is to install people in Syria that sympathize with Muslim Brotherhood-like Islamist ideologies espoused and supported by Ankara itself.


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