Turkish PM Davutoğlu: Only people can defeat ISIS, not air strikes – and those people won’t be Turks

Turkey’s prime minister has warned against the supposed risk of popularizing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) among the people of Syria, by having the Syrian regime involved in a planned military battle against the jihadists.

Amid growing pressure on Ankara to join the military fight against ISIL, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu sounded bitter when he maintained that time had proven their policies correct in regards to both Iraq and Syria, even if the policies were attacked at the time. Davutoğlu also made a point of prioritizing the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s government in remarks published Oct. 12.

“Our position regarding the Syrian opposition is already obvious,” Davutoğlu said when reminded in an interview about a statement by the United States which said Turkey had agreed to support efforts to train and equip the Syrian opposition.

“We more or less see what is happening on the ground and are making accurate analyses. This training and equipping activity is a delayed one,” Davutoğlu said in the interview published in daily Yeni Şafak.

“Frankly speaking, if the United States, the Western countries and Friends of Syria Group had two years ago arrived at the point that they have arrived at today and the moderate opposition had been supported, today, ISIS would not have had a space to use and the regime would not have the power to commit massacres,” he said…

(Photo: Turkish PM Davutoğlu Credit: AA)

I guess that the government of Turkey is rooting for Islamic State in this one.