"Binali Yildirim said in a televised address Wednesday that Turkey is expanding its circle of friends, adding: “I am sure that we will return (our) ties with Syria to normal. We need it.”
The statement follows the restoration of diplomatic ties with Russia and Israel. Ankara cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad after a popular uprising erupted in 2011.
The Turkish government has consistently cast the departure of Assad, who enjoys the backing of Iran and Russia, as necessary for a successful political resolution to the conflict in Syria.
Turkey, which borders Syria, is now is home 2.75 million Syrian refugees. It has served as a base to political representatives of the Syrian opposition and various rebel groups seeking to unseat Assad." washpost
I will have to see it to believe it.
- Will Turkey seal its borders against the non IS jihadis it has been supporting?
- Will Turkey really offer Turkish citizenship to these jihadis more or less trapped in Turkey by a border closure? To do so is to sponsor the creation of an internal 5th column.
- Will Turkey take part in combined operations with Russia against its former jihadi allies?
- Would the abased but still strong Turkish Army (the children of Ataturk) not take notice of Erdogan's weakness?
If all this happens the Syrian government will eventually emerge as one of the strongest military powers in the Levant. The Israelis and the Gulfies would then have reaped the whirlwind.
Such a future would be the most profound kind of defeat for the Borg and its servants in Washington. I am particularly thinking of the malevolent creature Ash Carter.
I hope, but need to see more before I will believe. pl