Turkey changing Policy? Turkey moves to use force in Syria and Iraq (Islam Danger)
Until the militants moved closer to seizing border towns that would open up a border crossing from Syria to Turkey, the Turkish government ruled out use of its bases and prevented its citizens — mostly ethnic Kurds — from joining the fight against the Islamic State.
Turkey moves to use force in Syria and Iraq
by Jacob Resneck, Special for USA TODAY October 1, 2014
SURUC, Turkey — Turkey is moving to reverse its non-intervention stance and approve the use of force in Syria and Iraq to fight radical Islamic State militants who have advanced against cities along the Syrian-Turkish border.
A proposed resolution that would authorize the army to fight the extremists is all but certain to win formal approval from the parliament Thursday. It would allow the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the militants to use Turkish air bases, a significant help to the coalition, given Turkey's proximity to the fighting.
"We are a determined government," Turkey's deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, was quoted as saying Tuesday in the Hurriyet Daily News. "We perfectly know what's going on inside and outside Turkey."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "has been on the fence about intervening," said James Phillips, an analyst at Heritage Foundation. "It looks like he is jumping off the fence."
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