Friday, June 27, 2014

Ankara: 'US drones against ISIS, not from our territory!'

My, my, my. What a creature this Erdogan!
"... Aaron Stein, an analyst with the Royal United Services Institute, explains in a phone interview that the Turkish political factions are united in a desire to avoid involvement in what is widely seen as a quagmire in Iraq. Moreover, Erdogan “despises” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to Stein, and has little desire to put Turkey at risk to prop up his government.More significantly for the United States, Ergodan has made it clear that he opposes U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. This matters, Stein says, because if the United States chooses to combat ISIS and other Iraqi militants through drone strikes launched from outside Iraq, the Incirlik Air Base near Adana in southern Turkey would be an ideal launching point.
“The Turks have an incredible amount of control if the United States goes the drone route,” Stein says, and
will want to avoid being seen as “complicit” in air strikes on the group holding their diplomats and citizens hostage..."

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