Turkey to send Ground troops to Syria as last result in the War against Islamic State

 

A Turkish soldier stands guard at the Turkish-Syrian border in Karkamis,

Highlights:

  • Turkey, through her Foreign Minister Mevult Cavusoglu said that they do not expect to deploy ground troops in Syria in the fight against Islamic State.
  • He didn’t completely rule out the option if need arose to defeat the IS terror organization.
  • This announcement comes after Turkey agreed to allow the US use its bases to conduct airstrikes into.
  • Wednesday August 12th 2015, marked the first manned airstrikes against IS positions

Summary:

Turkey, which has expressed reluctance to join the US-led coalition against the Islamic State Takfiri last month drastically changed policy and launched airstrikes at IS positions and at the same time allowing the United States to use her airbases to launch airstrikes.

Turkey through her Foreign Minister Mevult Cavusoglu said that they do not expect to deploy ground troops in Syria in the fight against Islamic State but it didn’t completely rule out the possibility in the future.

The US launched their first manned airstrike against Islamic State positions on Wednesday from Incirlik Air Base.

The involvement of Turkey in the fight against Islamic State which has been greatly viewed and accused of being IS-tolerant connotes the global commitment of fighting any and all terror outfits. The message from the Foreign Minister also echoed the seriousness of the commitment by Turkey to fight the Islamic State.

Additionally, the strategic geographical position of Turkey was used as an advantage by IS to bring in their recruits in the past. Turkey’s involvement in the US-led coalition efforts cuts short the recruit supply for the IS creating a logistic crisis for the Takfiri.

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