Turkey air strikes show shift from ‘complacency’: experts
Turkey'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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