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Is Turkey Capable of Defeating ISIS in Syria?
The first responders in the case of a threat like ISIS should be those nations most affected.
- Doug Bandow
- The National Interest
The Islamic State exploded in the Middle East, gaining control of large sections of Iraq and Syria.
No nation was safe from its ambition to create an Islamic caliphate.
But Turkey initially accommodated Daesh, even profiting from illicit oil sales.
Eventually, the insurgents turned terrorist inside Turkey, forcing the Erdogan government to respond.
However, Turkish forces still targeted Kurdish militias as the true threat.
With President Donald Trump apparently planning an…