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Coalition against “Islamic State”: The Turkish Dilemma, join NATO coalition or not ! / Breaking News


The USA is trying to form a ten-coalition against the terrorist militias of the “Islamic State”. One of the most important partners should Turkey be – but the Nato-state delay. He sticks because of his failed foreign policy in the terminal.

A coalition from ten NATO countries to combat the terrorist organization “Islamic State” (IS). Then the members of the Alliance agreed at the urging of the United States at the NATO summit in Wales. Ironically, the country that has contributed significantly to the rise of the extremists is to play in this group an important role Turkey.

U.S. and NATO officials currently can not find enough flattering words for the easternmost NATO partners. “Absolutely essential” were the Turks in such an alliance, praised Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Monday his host during a visit to Ankara. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen assured Turkey to support, IS-fighters should attack the country. “We will not hesitate to take all necessary steps to ensure effective defense of Turkey,” he said.

Behind the scenes struggled to integrate Turkey. “In truth it is not easy at the moment with the Turks,” says a U.S. diplomat in Ankara. “We need to convince the government to become more involved.” Since the regions of Syria and Iraq, where IS agiere, bordering on Turkey, the involvement of the country is essential. “We rely on Turkey as a logistical base on the expertise of the Turkish government.”

But Ankara rejects the idea, Allied in a NATO-led war against the jihadists to be. The newspaper “Cumhuriyet” reported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama had agreed about the fact that Turkey could play a role “in the background”.

Coalition against “Islamic State”:Calculus of Assad’s fall has not worked out

Turkey is in a dilemma, in which she has maneuvered through their risky foreign policy in recent years even. With the start of the civil war in Syria, the government committed himself to one end of President Bashar al-Assad. Henceforth, all supported Ankara forces who fought against him – even the most radical among them, in the hope for an end to Assad’s come out stronger as a regional power.

The calculus is not risen, Assad is still in power. A military intervention of NATO, for example, by air strikes would strengthen his regime continue. Although the likely displease also the other NATO countries, for Turkey but this would be the failure of their recent Syria-politics. A continued hostility to the neighboring country would be the result.

Even the recent arms sales to the Peshmerga, the armed forces of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, and the U.S. air strikes in Iraq, Turkey accepted little benevolent. It was feared that some of the Peshmerga weapons could fall into the hands of the PKK, with the Ankara does lead peace negotiations, but is still considered as a terrorist organization. “If that happens, that could jeopardize the peace process,” says an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

By the attacks of the U.S. Air Force on IS-positions also the Iraqi army and Shiite militias would be strengthened. For Turkey, which sees itself as protector of the Sunnis in the region, which is unappealing. “Had the Sunnis have not been so repressed in Iraq, there would not now such a clenched uprising”, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said recently. Ankara rejects an increase in power of the Shia and hence arms sales to the – from Government of Iraq – Shiite.

Coalition against “Islamic State”:Hostages weaken Ankara’s ability to act !

Another reason for the reluctance of Turkey to join an anti-IS coalition is likely to be the fact that still are 49 Turkish nationals in the violence of the extremists. They were taken in early June as hostages, as the jihadists stormed the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul. Among the prisoners are the Consul General himself, 18 other employees and members of the diplomatic as well as 30 Turkish security forces should protect the representation.

Previously used rebels and jihadis Turkey as a transit country. There IS recruited new fighters. Post to Twitter fighters extremists regularly photos of themselves from Turkish hospitals where they seek treatment. In towns along the border with Syria as Reyhanli they buy one, obtain their supplies of food, weapons and ammunition and recover from the rigors of combat. Turkish opposition politicians accuse the government also, the IS would smuggle large quantities of oil to Turkey and so finance his campaign.

Turkish leaders refuse for fear of reprisals still to call the IS as a terrorist organization or criticizing the organization publicly. It seems as if the whole country hostage. Officially, a reporting ban on the taking of hostages in order not to endanger the lives of the prisoners. Nevertheless, the newspaper wrote, “Hürriyet”, the government would lead to the IS dialogue and negotiating the release of the hostages.

IS commanders have repeatedly threatened with terrorist attacks in Turkish cities, Ankara should give them trouble. At the same time demands the NATO, they must protect their borders better and prevent the transit of jihadists.

Turkey is under pressure on two fronts. Whose side is the country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has made it clear. You’ll go with “every step of NATO,” contribute to the stability of the government and help to “end the bloodshed”. But Turkey reserved the right to decide for themselves exactly how they act, what they do and what they do will

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