Turkey & Syria

Playing with fire

Print edition : September 04, 2015

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters take up positions inside a damaged building in al-Vilat al-Homor neighborhood in Hasaka city, Syria, on July 22 to monitor the movements of Islamic State fighters. Photo: REUTERS

Six U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Aviano Air Base, Italy, are seen at the Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, after being deployed on August 9. Photo: REUTERS/US AIR FORCE

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to the media in Istanbul on July 24. Photo: AP

Turkey openly enters the fray as the U.S.’ ally in its indirect fight against the Syrian government by convincing the West that jehadists groups such as al-Nusra and Ahrar al Sham are becoming moderate and by creating “safe zones” along the border as a haven for “moderate” fighters such as the Free Syrian Army.
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