Allies tolerate Turkey’s double game to boost IS fight: analysts

A member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party inspects a crater reportedly caused from air strikes by Turkish warplanes on July 29, 2015 in the Qandil mountain, the PKK headquarters in northern IraqTurkey's allies know it is playing a double game with its twin onslaught against Kurdish rebels and the Islamic State group, but are turning a blind eye to keep NATO's only Muslim member on side, analysts said. The very public show of solidarity for Turkey's fight against "terrorism" at an emergency NATO meeting on Tuesday hid the discomfort some allies feel about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's strategy. Suspicions are swirling that Erdogan's sudden embrace of the US-led campaign against IS in Syria and Iraq simply provides the cover to pound Kurdish rebels, viewed in the West as a bulwark against the jihadists.


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