The prime minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu pledged to return a “historical debt” to Turkey’s “Aleppo brothers” which are known as ISIS militants. Davutoglu told it just days after Russia warned of Ankara’s intentions to invade Syria as the ISIS militants there falter.
Saying “historical debt” Davutoglu was apparently referring to World War One. Yet, he failed to mention that the Turks had been drawn into the war by Ottoman imperial ambitions. Alarmingly, Turkey has already been supplying terrorists in the Syrian cities of Idlib and Aleppo with manpower and weaponry.
Allegations that Ankara is planning an invasion of Syria come amid what would appear to be growing disconnect between Turkey and the US over their respective ambitions for the region. Notably, Turkey considers the US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria to be terrorists akin to the Kurdish rebels fighting in eastern Turkey, and has recently been sending diplomatic signals to Washington that it is unhappy with America’s support of Kurds.