TURKEY REFUSES OBAMA’S REQUEST to Use Its Airbases to Fight ISIS

TURKEY REFUSES OBAMA’S REQUEST to Use Its Airbases to Fight ISIS

In Barack Obama’s big speech about ISIS, he talked a lot about a coalition without actually noting which nations would be participating in it. Yesterday, a key nations declined to participate.

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Turkey’s help would be extraordinarily useful because they border Iraq. Unfortunately, they’re not on board.

Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday.

”Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The decision echoes the country’s refusal to allow the US to station 60,000 troops in Turkey in 2003 to invade Iraq from the north, which triggered a crisis between the two allies.

Ankara then also refused Washington permission to use its air bases to attack Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Turkey has come under fire by some critics for indirectly encouraging the formation of ISIS because of its support of Islamist opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its loose control of its borders.

While we absolutely should be bombing ISIS in Iraq, Obama’s plans to attack ISIS in Syria have “potential disaster” written all over them. Involving ourselves in a civil war in the country after Obama has already proven that he can’t tell friend from foe is unlikely to do much good and he could very well end up making the situation even worse, just as he did in Libya.

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