American-led attacks on jihadists in Kobane are a “public relations” campaign that is doing little to defeat them or resolve the conflict in Syria, Turkey’s prime ministerial adviser has told The Telegraph.
The battle for Kobane, a Syrian Kurdish town on the Turkish border, has become the central focus of the international coalition’s war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in recent weeks.
But in an interview, Cemal Hasimi, adviser to the Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, said Kobane was a distraction from the need for a wider settlement to end the war in Syria, including the defeat of Isil.
“While we are concerned about the tragedy in Kobane, we believe that fighting this terrorism there has somehow turned into a PR campaign,” Mr Hasimi said. “Honestly we are tired of all this ‘raising of awareness’ at certain moments – dropping a couple of bombs is not enough.