The Turkish Military had reversed its non-intervention stance and are using its ground troops and armoured columns to fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.
Turkey’s support in the conflict will allow US aircraft to use Turkish Air Bases, which would be of great help for US logistics.
According to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, “we are a determine government. We perfectly know what’s going on inside and outside Turkey”
Meanwhile, Britain has agreed to have the Royal Air Force participate in handling targets in Iraq but will not play a role to operations inside Syria.
According to political analysts, Turkey came to the support of the United States because the Islamic State is opening up a border crossing from Syria to Turkey. Turkey’s efforts will also limit the Kurdish ambition to be recognised as a formidable force by western powers, which is crucial in helping them establish a state of their own.
However, political analysts also warn Turkey to be careful about taking the light from the Kurd. It has an unsteady cease fire with the PKK or the Kurdish Worker’s Party, and this could cause internal complications.
Turkey intends to establish a no-fly zone over the border area of Syria that will help protect border towns and villages, which should lessen the number of refugees heading to Turkey from Syria and Iraq.