Forced to strike IS, Turkey gambles on attacking PKK

A left-wing protester with his face hidden, waits in front of a barricade during clashes with Turkish riot police in Istanbul's Gazi district, on July 26, 2015Forced after months of hesitation to take decisive action against Islamic State jihadists, Turkey has seized the chance to also attack Kurdish militants in strikes that put a fragile peace process at risk. Turkey has been pounding IS targets inside Syria since Friday, after blaming the group for a suicide bombing that killed 32 people and in the face of sustained US pressure to take a more aggressive stance against the jihadists. Ankara has lumped both campaigns together into a broad "war on terror," even though the secular PKK and Islamist IS are themselves bitterly opposed.


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