Turkey’s leader Tayyip Erdoğan has devoted some impassioned rhetoric to fighting ISIS, but until now that pretty much summed up Turkey’s contribution…which makes sense if you think about it as I pointed out previously.
Actually, Turkey’s relationship with the Caliphate has been relatively benign. Among other things, Erdoğan has allowed the purchase of ISIS oil by various Turkish middlemen, helping the terrorist army fund its operations. In some cases, those middle men include members of Erdoğan’s family. And through it all, our ‘NATO ally’ Turkey has played a major role in allowing foreign fighters, weapons and oil to flow across the border.
What Erdoğan has concentrated his military on is not ISIS but the Kurds, a U.S. ally and so far the most effective force on the ground battling ISIS.
On August 24th the Turkish military invaded Northern Syria. They used a contingent of 1,500 Turkish sponsored “Syrian rebels”, aka Islamist jihadis from all over the world, accompanied by some Turkish special forces and twenty tanks to capture the city Jarablus at the Turkish-Syrian border. There’s no question that this was pre-arranged in advance. ISIS moved all of its fighters and their families out of the city, and not a single shot was fired. After the ‘victory’ the Turkish flag was raised.