Turkey air strikes show shift from ‘complacency’: experts

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gives a speech during a press conference after his visit at the Turkish Council of State in Ankara on July 24, 2015, vowing to continue operations against the jihadistsTurkey's air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, and Ankara's consent to the US using a key airbase to launch attacks on the jihadists, mark a break with its previous "complacency", analysts said. The new strategy effectively makes Turkey a full member of the US-led coalition against IS jihadists but raises the risk of cross-border reprisals and could give a stronger hand to Kurdish militants, they said. "The Turks are in a situation where IS have become too big to ignore," Michael Stephens, head of the British Royal United Services Institute's centre in Qatar, told AFP.


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