Is Washington undermining its alliance with Ankara? – Inside Story

Is Washington undermining its alliance with Ankara? – Inside Story

When it comes to the war in Syria, Turkey and the US are allies in many ways. They both want Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step down.

They want the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gone. But when it comes to achieving these goals, the two don’t see eye to eye, and that could lead to yet another confrontation in the region.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the US must cut off support to Kurdish armed groups in the area, or face the consequences.

At the same time US troops have been increasing their presence along part of the Turkey-Syria border.
How can the two NATO allies resolve the situation?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests:

Henri Barkey, Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center

Metin Gurcan, security analyst and columnist for Al Monitor

Bulent Aliriza, Director and Senior Associate at Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

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