“After Opening Way to Rebels, Turkey is Paying Heavy Price”
The New York Times, June 25, 2014, p.A1
“Once this border was wide open, as Turkey allowed rebel groups of any stripe easy access to the battlefields in Syria in an effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad. But that created fertile ground in Syria for the development of the Sunni militant group that launched a blitzkrieg in Iraq this month, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. … Now, with the rise of ISIS, the Turkish government is paying a steep price for the chaos it helped create. ‘The fall of Mosul was the epitome of the failure of Turkish foreign policy over the last four years,’ said Soli Ozel, a professor of international relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. ‘I can’t disassociate what happened in Mosul from what happened in Syria, and Turkish foreign policy toward Syria has been unrealistic, hubristic, ideological and stubborn.'”
Quickie Analysis: Kidnappings of Turkish citizens in Iraq have brought home the consequences of Turkey’s no-questions-asked support for Syrian opposition fighters.