It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Turkey’s current government – headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan – seeks a Caliphate, is in league with the Muslim Brotherhood, and supports ISIS. Despite this, the mainstream media and western politicians continue to allow Turkey to fly under the radar.
Now we have another in a long line of anecdotal examples that demonstrate Turkey wants Assad gone, wants the Brotherhood to fill the vacuum and wants to keep ISIS around, at least as long as Assad is in power.
Turkey would not agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Sunday, as the extremist group fired more mortar rounds near the Syrian-Turkish border.
Turkey views the main Syrian Kurdish group, the PYD — and its military wing which is fighting the Islamic State militants — as an extension of the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terrorist group by the United States and NATO.
The United States has said recently that it has engaged in intelligence sharing with Kurdish fighters and officials have not ruled out future arms transfers to the Kurdish fighters.
“The PYD is for us, equal to the PKK. It is a terror organization,” Erdogan told a group of reporters on his return from a visit to Afghanistan.
“It would be wrong for the United States — with whom we are friends and allies in NATO — to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” Erdogan said. His comments were reported by the state-run Anadolu agency on Sunday.
Turkey’s opposition to arms transfers to the Kurdish forces is hampering the U.S.-led coalitions’ efforts to fight the extremists and further complicating relations between Turkey and the United States. The countries are involved in negotiations about Ankara’s role with the U.S. and NATO allies fighting the Islamic State group, which is attempting to capture the strategic town Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Turkey is demanded that the coalition widen its campaign against the militants by providing greater aid to Syrian rebels, who are battling both the IS and President Bashar Assad’s forces. Turkey has so far provided sanctuary to an estimated 200,000 Syrians fleeing Kobani, and recently agreed to train and equip moderate Syrian rebel fighters trying to remove Assad from power.
Turkey’s desire to see ISIS prevail over the Kurds couldn’t be anymore obvious. For quite some time now, Turkish tanks have been sitting on the border with Syria, watching human rights abuses, acts of heinous terrorism, beheadings and other forms of genocide transpire from a front row seat and have done nothing. When Kurds engaged in protests and civil disobedience over Turkey’s inaction, Turkey bombed the Kurds.
Now, as the U.S. attempts to arm the Kurds, Turkey is resisting at a time when Kurds are reportedly having some success in Kobane.
Despite this, members in both Houses of Congress continue to wear no clothes while arrogantly voting to arm Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood rebels to remove Assad. It’s flawed logic to think that Erdogan will finally fight ISIS if Assad is removed. Whether he does or not is immaterial. What will fill the vacuum will be far worse.
Again, why does Turkey remain a NATO ally when it supports the most barbaric terrorist outfit in modern history?