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Intelligence group: Turkey prefers ISIS on border than Kurds

By Rudaw 9/7/2015
PKK fighters. AFP photo
PKK fighters. AFP photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Turkey would rather have an Islamic State on its southern borders than a Kurdish state loyal to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an international security and intelligence services group argued Thursday.

The New York-based Soufan group said that recent gains made against the Islamic State (ISIS) by the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (YPG) in Syria has given the Kurdish group control of areas extending more than 400 kilometers along Turkish borders.

There is speculation in Turkey that Ankara is considering sending forces into Syria to create a buffer zone along its southern borders, as authorities bolster troops and security along the border.

Gen. John Allen, President Barack Obama’s special representative for the Iraq and Syria campaign, visited Ankara on Tuesday to presumably discuss Turkish military plans in Syria.

The PKK on the other hand has warned the Turkish government it would resume its armed struggle if Turkish forces carry out any action against Kurds in Syria, according to Soufan.

The intelligence group said that a possible Turkish buffer zone would include areas between Azaz, north of Aleppo, and Jarablus, on the Euphrates river, preventing Kurdish territories in the east and west of Syria from linking up.

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fermin | 9/7/2015
For over a year ISIS held most of the border crossings with Turkey and it didn't bother them, goods, arms and jihadi recruites would flow daily between Turkey and ISIS. As soon as YPG started to take the border crossings the Turks started to mobilise massive amounts of troops on the last border crossing under the pretext of wanting to fight ISIS. Even a child can see that their aim was not and never will be ISIS but rather Kurds, ISIS is their ally.
George Ihlefeldt | 9/7/2015
It would indeed be a terrible move in the war against ISIS for the Turks to occupy the last remaining Islamic State outlet to the outside world. And it would prove the worst elements in Turkish politics have been "Pakistaning" the U.S. and everyone else, just as Pakistan covertly supported the Taliban and similar fanatics while saying other things in public. The Pakistani elite saw itself as an emerging "great power", rivaling India, just as Turkey's elite fantasizes today with a "White House" sized like their collective ego. Such an intervention would lengthen the war on ISIS. Make Turkey a joke around the world, and probably not last very long (Erdogan might even be overthrown). The funniest part might be the reaction of ISIS...would they hide, play dead, what?
Guest | 9/7/2015
The Turks (as well as Arabs and Persians) are, and will always be, the enemy of the Kurds. We need to keep that in mind when dealing with those snakes.
b dogan | 10/7/2015
this is not new and all world knew about this but the most important is that the world power should help kurds more and kurds will be most important allay to the west. the kurds are the most modern and most friendly people in the world. lets help kurds and YPG.
Turk | 10/7/2015
Is a Turkey under President Erdogan a peace-maker or on the opposite! How can Turkey be granted full EU membership when it prefers IS on its backyard? How can I answer back to my fellow friends about my presidents lack of cooperation on war on Terrorism with the international community.

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