Turkey will ‘not be pulled into chaos’ of US-led fight against ISIL

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Turkey is monitoring the ISIL crisis in neighboring Syria, despite conflicting claims about how involved it will be in the fight.


United States National Security Adviser Susan Rice announced that Turkey has agreed to allow the U.S. and its coalition forces to use an airbase in Incirlik in the fight against ISIL. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed no such decision had been made.

While the U.S. and Turkey tried to work out their differences, ISIL stepped up its efforts by sending in two suicide car bombs into the Syrian border town Kobane. They were unsuccessful in reaching their targets, but many Kurds at the Turkey-Syria border believe the U.S.-led coalition effort is too little, too late. They say that ISIL should have been stopped well before they reached Kobane.

Thousands of the Kurds living in Turkey are participating in violent protests, outraged that their government has not taken military action. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated that Turks still perceive Kurds as their brothers, but stressed that his country will not be pulled into chaos.

CCTV America’s Michal Bardavid reports.
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The fight against ISIL is a war on at least two fronts. Can it be won with limited support from within the region? Stephen Miles from Win Without War, a coalition group opposing wars in Iran and Afghanistan, joined CCTV America for some answers.
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