ISIL works on behalf of Turkey’s interest: Analyst
The ISIL Takfiri militants are acting on behalf of Turkey’s interest as the country has already aimed to set up a buffer zone in northern Syria, says an analyst.
“I believe that ISIL is acting on behalf of Erdogan’s interest in Turkey because Erdogan was planning on installing a buffer zone in northern Syria and in northern Iraq, and he wanted to use northern Syria as a gateway to the Arab world,” Jamal Wakim, with the Lebanese International University, from Beirut, said in an interview with Press TV.
“So the ISIL is clearing this region off the Kurds who might be an obstacle towards an easy Turkish passage towards the Arab world and that is why Turkey is not letting Turkish Kurds support their brothers in Kobani,” the analyst stated, in reference to Syria’s strategic border town of Kobani near Turkey.
The urban warfare between Kurdish fighters and the ISIL Takfiri militants rages on in Syria’s border town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani.
The border town is still under the ISIL fire despite more than three weeks of airstrikes by the US-led coalition on the militants’ positions.
“I do not believe that United States and its allies are serious about wiping out ISIL as they claimed. They used ISIL as a pretext to take from Iraq what they could not get in 2011,” the analyst said with regard to the US role in fighting the ISIL terrorist group.
“The Americans want ISIL to keep controlling the area that is controlling now because it drives a wedge between Baghdad and Damascus in order to facilitate the control of the whole Middle East,” he added.
The United States and its allies started airstrikes against the ISIL in Syria last month. However, there is a growing concern over the effectiveness of the military operation with many Kurdish officials saying the air raids are not working.