Playing with fire

Print edition : October 31, 2014

Turkish forces patrol the Turkey-Syria border at Suruc on October 6 after Islamic State militants placed their flag on a hilltop on the eastern side of the town of Kobane, Syria. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

A Syrian Kurdish woman walks through the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc after crossing the border on October 1. As many as 1,60,000 Syrian Kurds have entered Turkey, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP

Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Prime Minister. He said Ankara would do whatever was needed to prevent Kobane, situated near its border, from falling into the hands of Islamic State fighters. Photo: REUTERS

Turkey decides to send its troops inside Syria and Iraq to fight the jehadis even as evidence emerges that a blowback from its earlier actions promoting them could singe its secular political edifice.
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