Iraq: Erdogan’s military intervention adds to volatile Kurdish dynamics

Issue 998 - 31 Jul 2015 | 3 minute read

The Turkish Air Force (THK)’s bombing of positions held by Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) in Iraq, which opened on 25 July, was welcomed by the United States and its allies in the conflict with the expansionist jihadist movement. Even more welcome was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s approval for the US and allies to use Incirlik Air Base to bomb IS positions; this came after many months of lobbying to mobilise a facility that was pivotal in past Middle East wars but excluded by Ankara’s ambiguous attitude over the Syrian conflict.

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