[Ed. – Just what we need: a Turkey that didn’t want to join with its NATO partners wading into the ISIS-in-Syria problem on its own.]
Far from being degraded after nearly a week of coalition airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Syria, ISIS forces are reportedly advancing on the Turkish border.
ISIS fighters mounted an offensive on the strategic town of Kobani this week, a region so close to the Turkey that artillery shells reportedly landed in Turkish territory.
Islamic State launched an offensive to try to capture the border town of Kobani more than a week ago, besieging it from three sides. More than 140,000 Kurds have fled the town and surrounding villages since last Friday, crossing into Turkey.
The Sunni insurgents appeared to have taken control of a hill from where fighters of the YPG, the main Kurdish armed group in northern Syria, had been attacking them in recent days, 10 km (6 miles) west of Kobani, a Reuters correspondent said. …
Turkey’s moderate Islamist government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been reluctant to join the coalition fighting ISIS in the region. After an excessively coy display of halfhearted denials, Ankara recently confessed that it had agreed to a prisoner swap with ISIS. Erdogan described the exchange as a “covert rescue operation.”
With that obstacle out of the way, however, reports are beginning to indicate that Ankara is resigned to committing to the fight against ISIS militants. Turkey has not yet provided specific details about how, when, or where they plan to commit to the fight against ISIS.