Ground operation in Syria?

09/04/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey by Verda Ozer*): “Give up on PYD and instead let us fight against ISIL along with the Turkmen and Arab groups.” This was the proposal made by the Turkish officials to their Americancounterparts last week during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s trip to the U.S. In return for the intervention of Turkish troops on the ground, they asked for American air cover.Yet Washington refused to give up its dependence on the Democratic Union Party [PYD] in the anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] fight. But why? Why does Washington not agree to depend on Turkey rather than on PYD? According to Nüzhet Kandemir, Turkey’s ambassador to Washington during the first Gulf War, the U.S. doesn’t want Turkey to become a permanent player in the region. He points at the first Gulf War as an example.Prior to the Gulf War in 1991, then-President Turgut Özal managed to pass a motion after a second vote in parliament following his insistent efforts. Yet even though the motion passed, Turkey could not get engaged in northern Iraq to the extent he envisioned…

*Verda Ozer is a columnist for Hurriyet




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