by Jerry Gordon (August 2015)
A series of suicide bombings in Suruc, Turkey July 20, 2015 triggered a major change in the Erdogan AKP participation in the US-led coalition effort to combat ISIS. The suicide bombing in the Turkish border town of Suruc directly across from Kobani this Thursday killed 32 and injured 100 of a Socialist group gathered to assist in the rebuilding of the devastated Kurdish community in Syria. The bomber was later identified through DNA analysis as Turkish University student, probably an ISIS returnee from Syria. The Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) accursed the Turkish police of being complicit in the bombing and killed two Turkish police officers in retaliation. Erdogan then opened up operations from Turkish air bases. The air attacks unleashed in both Syria and Iraq by Turkey's air force were directed at both ISIS targets and Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) combat units in both Syria and Iraq. more>>>
g murphy donovan
Good get, Jerry. The banal truth in all of this is that team Obama, especially the Pentagon has no strategic vision. It's not just that policy is reactive and defensive either. At the highest level. we have confused the tactical advantage of base rights, Incirrlik AB is an example, with the strategic value of having 40 million allies in the middle of the Levant. Unlike the Turks, the Kurds have the potential to be a true model for Islamic reform - and a true ally like Israel.