With friends like these, the fight in Syria, Iraq is messy

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the US each have their own, different, reasons for getting involved.

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A Royal Canadian Air Force surveillance plane in Kuwait on Dec. 2, 2014 awaits its next mission to Iraq in the coalition fight against Islamic State militants.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 01/28/2015 12:00 am EST

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in London last week, telling the Western media how helpful Ankara was being in the struggle against the terrorist “Islamic State” that has emerged in northern Syria and Iraq. Turkey is doing everything it can, he said—although, of course, “We cannot put soldiers everywhere on the border.”

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