Turkey’s unwillingness to join a U.S.-led coalition determined to defeat the Islamic State, or ISIS, is directly linked to Ankara’s priorities in Syria. Frustrated by the perseverence of the Syrian regime despite an armed insurgency and a tremendous international pressure, any step that could possibly prolong the life of the Syrian president would appear to be unwelcome in Ankara.
Ankara: ISIS bad, Assad worse
Aleppo’s strategic importance
Rooting out ISIS from Syria was necessary, according to Turkish decision-makers, but it had to be a part of a bigger strategy that also included ousting Assad and achieving a political settlement.Mahir Zeynalov