Over the last few days President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has been quite vocal about the threat that ISIS represents to Turkey and the Muslim world. “It is unbearable that people are killing and being killed under cries of Allahu Akbar [God is great],” he said. The president has also called on the U.S-led coalition trying to contain ISIS in Iraq and Syria to step up the efforts to train and equip the Syrian opposition to defeat ISIS (and Bashar al-Assad).
Following repeated pleas for help from the besieged Kurds and a warning from Erdogan that the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane was "about to fall" to the radical militants of ISIS, the U.S.-led coalition intensified airstrikes that only managed to push the militants back momentarily.
Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's public expressions of concern about ISIS advances in northern Syria do not disguise the government's inaction and apparent hesitation to provide military back up to the Kurds on the other side of the border. This position does not seem to have changed with the release of the 46 Turkish hostages captured by ISIS in Mosul in June. Allowing the refugees through the border to escape ISIS is insufficient in the eyes of the Kurds.
This dual Turkish policy towards the Kurds can have other consequences beyond the dreadful prospect of having ISIS as its immediate neighborManuel Almeida