Jihadists lay siege at the Kurdish town of Kobani
Erdogan claims that “The West only fights Islamic terrorism!
By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara
The situation in Turkey’s border with Syria is tense, with the jihadists continuing their marching to the town of Kobani.
Dozens of tanks of the turkish army have taken positions in the “point zero” with the Syrian border, since three mortar shells have hit turkish territory and the besieged city Kobani is just 5km from the border.
The Turkish Armed Forces announced that they responded with gunfire. Residents of the turkish territories near the Syrian border fear a possible surprise invasion by ISIS inside turkish territory.
The Ahmet Davutoglu government today is expected to present to Parliament a draft decision to authorize the use of military forces in Syria.
This decision will allow Turkey to join the coalition formed against the Islamic State (ISIS).
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, uses a two face approach in the jihadists issue.
On the one hand, he emphasizes that “the ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, which has a peaceful spirit”. On the other hand, he says that the West only fights against Islamic terrorism, since it has targeted the Muslims!
The Turkish President equated the PKK with ISIS and said that “in 32 years there has been a terrorist organization like the PKK and no one was interested in fighting it”.
That was because this terrorist organization did not have the title of Islam. Now with ISIS though, the whole West has risen. So there is something else”.
The prime minister of the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, held a lightning trip to Istanbul and met with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.
The two leaders discussed ways to combat the jihadists, since so far the Kurds are the only ones who have been on an open conflict with ISIS and are fighting fierce battles in Syria as well as on the outskirts of Mosul.