Turkey and ISIS: There is No Light at the End of this Tunnel

TURKEY - Report 16 Oct 2014 by Atilla Yesilada

Executive Summary

The sudden jihad war declared by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, countered by the increasing resolve of major Western powers to destroy it, presents the AKP government with the thorniest challenges of its 11 year administration. Since the Turkey-ISIS relationship is highly complex, the Special Brief breaks it down to its components to generate predictions. The following questions are answered: How is the war against ISIS progressing? Why can’t the war be won without Turkey’s full backing? Is the proposal of a buffer zone in Syria feasible? How does ISIS conflict aff...

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