Ankara's Syria operation may trigger IS activity in Turkey
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.26
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Ex-Pentagon advisor Michael Rubin believes that Ankara's military operations in Syria may lead to activization of ISIS in Turkey.
"The question is whether Turkey is really focused on ISIS, or whether it's real target will be the YPG (People's Protection Units),” Rubin, who is currently a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), told Trend.
He noted that Turkey's commitment to fight ISIS has always been a political question that only President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can determine.
In the past, Turkey has said it would fight ISIS but its commitment was short-lived, according to Rubin.
“It's a lot easier to get into Syria than to leave it. If Turkey really does strike at ISIS, then ISIS may strike back at Turks inside Turkey,” he added.
Commenting on the possibility of higher migration from Syria and more ISIS terrorist attacks in Europe as a result of Turkey’s operations, Rubin said that “Syria has become so bad, that it may not make much of a difference.”
On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force with the support of the coalition aircraft launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo city.
The operation was carried out under the name “Shield of the Euphrates.”
Earlier, it was reported that Turkish tanks entered Syria. Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.
Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) is the most active terrorist group in Syria.