Something dire is happening within NATO in Brussels and Ankara, which is worrisome because Turkey is the second largest military power in that alliance. It is not Montenegro, Jan Oberg, Director of the Foundation for Peace and Future Research, told RT.
Ankara will respond decisively to any threats on its borders, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared at the end of G20 summit in Hamburg, warning against any push by the Kurds to secure their own independent region.
The US is supplying arms to the Kurds in Syria for its own goals, says investigative journalist Rick Sterling. Thinking it will be able to recover those weapons once ISIS is defeated is a fairytale, adds journalist Martin Jay.
Turkey is upset over US collaboration with the Kurds in Syria as it feels it will empower the minority, says author/historian Gerald Horne. There’s also the question of Qatar, which Turkey has supported and President Trump has been attacking furiously.
The US decision to arm the Kurds could have repercussions in Syria, says Michael Maloof, a former Pentagon official. For Turkey’s President Erdogan, this means that the US supports the civil war against his government, analyst Gregory Copley added.
I think Turkey is going to have to take what it gets here, especially if the US does move forward with cooperation with Russia against ISIS and other terrorist groups. The Kurds are going to be essential to that, Jim Jatras, former US diplomat, told RT.