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article imageOp-Ed: Turkey on brink of attacking ISIS and ISIL

By Robert Weller     Sep 30, 2014 in World
The entire equation of the already complicated fight with Islamic terrorists in the Middle East could change by the end of the week.
Turkey is considering sending troops into the area, and even safeguarding Kurds and others. Kurdish leaders say they do not trust Erdogan, and the U.S. military is cool to the idea of setting up a buffer zone inside Syria.
The NATO member’s parliament is going to be asked this week to send in tanks and troops, the boots on the ground U.S. commanders say are needed to destroy ISIS and ISIL.
Al Arabiya reported the situation could expode even earlier because jihadists were marching on a Turkish enclave in Aleppo, Syria. The area is home to the tomb at Turkish hero, and is guarded by its army. Turkish Prime Minister Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the Turkish army will fight to defend it.
Although hundreds of airstrikes, both in Iraq and Syria, have slowed the jihadists’ advance, their effectiveness is limited near urban areas where civilians surely will die. Some organizations said the airstrikes already have claimed innocent lives.
It is a difficult decision for President Recep Tayypi Erdogan. He does not want to arm Kurds, who may later turn their weapons on his army in their struggle for independence.
On the other hand, the jihadists already are active in Turkey and could launch terrorist attacks.
Also, more than 200,000 refugees have fled from Iraq and Syria into Turkey, which is having to care for them.
Should Turkey not only unleash the Leopard tanks it has within a few miles of the fighting, and let Kurdish militants cross into the battlefield, the jihadists could be crushed.
The fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be uncertain. Would it help him or hurt him?
Assad appears terrified of possible outcomes. "Combating terrorism cannot be carried out by states that contributed to establishing terrorist organizations, provided them with logistic and material support, and spread terrorism around the world," Syria's SANA news agency quoted Assad as saying.
Turkish Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtaş crossed into Kobane, an Iraq border village made up of Kurds the jihadists are seeking to seize, this week. He said if Ankara lends support to the embattled Kurds it will improve relations at home with outlawed Kurdish militants. Demirtas met with Kurdish leaders within a couple of miles of the fighting.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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