mardi 30 septembre 2014

Turkey gears up to join fight against Islamic State

La Turquie se prépare à rejoindre le combat contre l'Etat islamique
Turkish army tanks move towards the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday, as clashes intensified with Islamic State militants. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Turkey is gearing up for a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State (IS), which could include sending Turkish troops into Syria and Iraq.

But counter-terrorism aside, Turkey’s leaders have less altruistic motive for getting involved: preventing independent- minded Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, who have links to Turkish Kurd separatists, from strengthening and exploiting their position as key western allies.

Speaking after meetings with the Obama administration and others at the UN general assembly in New York, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, said: “The logic that assumes Turkey would not take a position militarily is wrong.”

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