Turkey and the US Converging on Syria

May 23, 2016 The Americans are hoping the Turks will play a larger role in Syria.

|May 23, 2016

Geopolitical Futures has predicted that Turkey will eventually be dragged into the Syrian conflict and that it will have to get closer to the United States, considering the problems it has experienced with Russia. After long resisting, there are signs that Turkey is willing to undertake some form of military intervention against the Islamic State. On May 19, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that his country cannot “turn its back on the region.” Three days later, U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the new head of U.S. Central Command, made a surprise visit to Turkey. The trip comes two days after his unannounced visit to Syria, where he met with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. military advisers, who will be playing a key role in the planned attack on IS.
 
The pro-government Turkish daily Yeni Şafak reports that in his meetings with senior Turkish civil and military officials, the top American general will be asking that Turkey play a key role in an offensiv

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