Ankara’s ISIL dilemma

Ankara’s ISIL dilemmaInternational solidarity has developed against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This stance was consolidated after recent resolutions by the United Nations and the European Union.

It is noteworthy that many Arab states and Muslim countries are taking part in this condemnation. The US is leading the bloc and is conducting an active battle against ISIL — or the andldquoIslamic Stateandrdquo (IS), to give it its new name.

American military aircraft have been striking ISIL bases. Kurdish peshmerga forces fight the jihadists at some points and try to reclaim strategic locations seized by ISIL.

France and other European countries are transporting weapons to Kurdish forces. Iranand#39s military also supports Iraq [in the fight against the IS].

Turkey is one of the countries which share this concern. The ISand#39s hostility to Turkey was revealed by its attack on the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul and the fact that it still keeps as hostages the 49 Turkish citizens it seized there.

However, Turkey seems to have a timid and cautious attitude to the group. In order to preserve the safety of the 49 hostages, Turkey cannot join such a coalition.

(SAMI KOHEN, MILLIYET.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman