MUSTAFA AKYOL > The truth about Turkey and ISIL (I)

September 16, 2014 9:05 PM

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MUSTAFA AKYOL > The truth about Turkey and ISIL (I)

When the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011, Turkey was still in its blissful mood of having “zero problems with neighbors.” The government even also believed it could help solve problems in its neighbors through its active diplomacy and soft power. That is why during the first six months of the war in Syria, Ankara tried to put the flames out by repeatedly talking to Bashar al-Assad and trying to convince him for a “peaceful transition to democracy.”

But al-Assad, and his regime, proved to be a ruthless leopard that would not change its spots. Then, after August 2011, came the second phase of Ankara’s involvement in the Syrian civil war: Giving full support to the Syrian opposition.

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