Turkey Unwilling to Fight Islamic State, Says Estonian Journalist in Istanbul ({{commentsTotal}})

Although Turkey currently views the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization as a Syrian and Iraqi internal affair, it will have to join the fight as pressure is mounting, says Istanbul-based journalist Hille Hanso.

Hanso told ERR radio on Tuesday that an IS attack on Turkish territory would lead to Turkey retaliating and begin to fight back.

“Currently Turkey is taken the road of a very rigid control over its own territory,” she said, adding that Turkey would view an attack on IS on Syrian territory as meddling in the internal affairs of another country, and there is little public support for war in Syria.

Turkey is hoping an international coalition will topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, or at least support the more moderate opposition forces.

“Turkey sees that the Assad regime in Syria led to the spread of terrorist organizations such as the IS then the United States should back their contention that Assad's regime should be brought to an end.

“As every nation in the region has its own political goal, then a united solution for taking down the Islamic State is lacking,” Hanso said.