How Turkey Is Facing the Challenges of a Syrian Escalation | Karen Leigh
Last week, the Turkish army attacked a convoy of al-Qaida-linked vehicles in Syria, destroying three. The escalation triggered speculation that Turkey now considers the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) a bigger enemy in Syria than the Assad regime.
The Syrian conflict has presented myriad security issues for Turkey over the past three years, as hundreds of thousands of refugees have flooded the south, and taken a toll on its economy, with millions of dollars in the import and export industry lost.
Syria Deeply asked Soli Ozel, a professor at Istanbul’s Bilgi University and columnist for the newspaper Haberturk; Didem Aykel Collinsworth, Turkey analyst at the International Crisis Group; and Gokhan Bacik, an analyst and associate professor of international relations at Ankara’s Ipek University, to weigh in on the challenges of a Syrian escalation, how the pressure is building and the effects on Turkey.
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