While the United States is making its final preparations to strike Syrian targets, as a response to its use of chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb last week, Turkey is bracing for the intervention it has long-called for to end the 13-year-rule of Bashar al-Assad.
The military operation will make sure that the forces loyal to Assad and rebels play a “fair game.”Mahir Zeynalov
Turkey and the U.S. have long been coordinating efforts to embolden rebels fighting to oust Assad on the ground as well as pushing for a diplomatic solution to more than two years of conflict that has left more than 100,000 people dead and millions displaced. In May this year, Obama explained to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in a White House meeting, that the U.S. will never tolerate the idea of Assad remaining in power. He explained that Washington will do whatever it takes, with the help of its regional allies, to bring an end to the despotic rule of the Syrian president and his regime.