Turkey should go after Daesh

Ankara's eagerness to fight Daesh and at the same time browbeat the Kurdish separatists has put in a fix. This is where it has erred.

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Published: Tue 27 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 28 Oct 2015, 9:15 AM

Ankara is in a difficult situation as it struggles to arrest the surge of Daesh. Back-to-back terror incidents and the roaming-at-large of Daesh-affiliates is, indeed, a serious security threat to its very existence. Turkey has especially stepped up operations against Daesh militants and their sympathisers since the group was blamed for twin blasts that killed more than 100 people in the capital, Ankara, this month.
Security forces are also battling in several sleepy towns and border areas in an attempt to flush out the militants. But it seems Turkey has blinked and has committed an error by opening up two fronts simultaneously. Ankara's eagerness to fight Daesh and at the same time browbeat the Kurdish separatists has put in a fix. This is where it has erred.
Reports of clashes between police and Daesh militants is an unnerving development, which in other words means the dreaded militia is penetrating deep into the society. Ankara, in cooperation with its regional allies, should go after the Daesh and nip the evil in the bud. Turkey's stability is sine qua non for regional harmony.



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