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Beyond Erdoğan's No-fly Zone

Published on 10 October 2014, by M. Tomazy.
Only a couple of kilometres from Kobani, Turkish army tanks and soldiers are preventing Kurds from Turkey crossing over the border to help defend their ethnic comrades on the Syrian side.
Illustration: The battle for Kobani
Meanwhile, the US State Department disclosed earlier this week that Secretary of State John Kerry is having "active conservations" with Erdogan and his Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to "determine the role" that Turkey will play in the American-led military coalition.

The White House has dispatched its envoy, Four-Star General John Allen, to Ankara this week to finesse a deal.

It is clear that the issue of contention between the US and Turkey is one of tactics over how to proceed with the regime-change objective in Syria. Both Washington and Ankara are united in their ultimate aim of overthrowing the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. The question is how to proceed.

Source: Information clearing house