Syria strains Turkey’s ties to the West even after US withdrawal?

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Publication Date 18/10/2019
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After seven decades, Turkey’s relationship with its nominal American and European NATO allies appears fundamentally broken. And there is still plenty of room for it to get worse.

The current crisis in Syria is both a symptom and a driver of the breakdown. During the course of the Syrian Civil War, Turkey and the US developed directly divergent interests in the region. Ankara was happy to watch as Islamic State destroyed PKK-aligned Kurdish forces against which it had fought for decades. Washington, by contrast, ultimately decided that working with these same forces was the most effective way to defeat ISIS. Ankara was understandably infuriated that Washington was arming and training its long-time enemy; Washington was understandably infuriated that Ankara was undermining the fight against ISIS.

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