Sunday, October 12, 2014

Turkey: Ankara Authorizes Access to Its Bases, Will Train Syrians, Iraqis

According to The Associated Press, US defense officials report that Ankara has authorized  US and coalition forces to use Turkish bases inside the country, including  a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against IS militants in Syria and Iraq,
The Obama Administration has pressed Turkey for a larger role against the extremists, and a senior US official confirmed Saturday (October 11) that Ankara had agreed to train  moderate Syrian rebels on Turkish soil.
COMMENT: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had said that the US had wanted access to the Turkish air bases, particularly Incirlik, but Ankara said no. 

The short answer is that Ankara is not supporting IS, but is not providing full support to the US and its coalition partners as a member of NATO should. At the moment, it is questionable as to where Turkey's loyalties actually rest.

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