When rebels rose up to overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria, and Assad elected to fight not
quit, Erdogan turned on him and began to permit jihadists to enter Syria.
When ISIS terrorists seized Raqqa in Syria, and Mosul and Anbar in Iraq, Erdogan refused
to let U.S. planes based at Incirlik bomb them.
When America supported Syrian Kurds with air power, enabling them to hold off an ISIS
attack on Kobani on the Syria-Turkish border, Erdogan denounced the Kurds as the greater
But 10 days ago came an ISIS atrocity in Suruc, Turkey, just north of Kobani. Thirty-two
young Turkish Kurds who were planning to help rebuild Kobani were massacred, and a
Instantly, Erdogan permitted U.S. planes at Incirlik to attack ISIS targets in Syria and
launched air strikes himself. It appeared that, at long last, the U.S. and Turkey were
again on the same page, seeing ISIS as the primary enemy, and acting jointly against it.
But the Turkish attacks on ISIS proved to be pinpricks. And the Turks began a major air
assault on Kurdish forces in exile in Iraq, the PKK, who had fled Turkey after the
recent civil war.