Turkey demands US target Assad as price of co-operation

_78050706_lundhiydKurdish men appeal to the Turkish military to help evacuate people from a village near Kobane, Syria

Turkey is prepared to send ground forces to help eradicate ISIS in Syria if it gets international assurances for its borders and the removal of the Syrian regime, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour, the prime minister said that without the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Syrian regime’s ongoing offensives posed as big a threat as that caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also referred to as ISIL or ISIS.

“We are ready to do everything as long as there is a clear strategy that after ISIS we can be sure that our borders will be protected,” he said. “We don’t want the (Assad) regime on our border any more, pushing people against – towards Turkey.”

“If ISIS goes, another radical organization may come in as long as Assad stays in his seat,” he added.

Davutoglu emphasized the need for a comprehensive international strategy to defeat the terrorist elements threatening the entire region and displacing millions of people, especially in the last few months.

Kick these useless Islamist Turks out of NATO now!